Quincy’s Hale family makes $50 million donation toward cancer research

QUINCY – Granite Telecommunications CEO and Quincy native Rob Hale Jr., mother Judith Hale and wife Karen pledged a $ 50 million donation to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the largest donations the institute has ever received .

The donation will support the Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, which was founded in 2016 after a $ 15 million donation from the family.

The family’s donations are in honor of Robert Hale Sr., Judith’s husband and Rob Jr.’s father, who was a patient at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and died in 2008.

“Our intention is to significantly accelerate the pace of research and new treatments for this terrible disease,” Judith Hale, a member of the Dana-Farber Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “We invest in the exceptional talent at Dana-Farber because we are committed to finding a cure. That would be a great honor for my husband and a legacy for our family. “

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Robert Sr. and Judith Hale founded the Robert T. Hale Sr. and Judith B. Hale Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber. Judith Hale founded the Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer in 2012, and together with Robert Jr. and Karen, founded the current Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research in 2016.

“We have already made significant progress against pancreatic cancer in partnership with the Hale Family,” said Dana-Farber President and CEO Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher in a statement. “Yet far too many families are still being destroyed by this disease. We share the Hale Family’s bold vision to eradicate pancreatic cancer and save lives, here and around the world. With this incredibly generous, transformational gift, the Hale Family provides us with an unprecedented opportunity and responsibility to do just that. “

Granite Telecommunications also hosts an annual Saving By Shaving head shave cancer research event. Lately, the event has benefited Boston Children’s Hospital, but money has been donated to Dana-Farber in the past. A virtual version of the event earlier this year grossed $ 7.5 million.

In 2018, Rob Hale Jr. and his wife $ 50 million to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and $ 50 million more to Boston Children’s Hospital.

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