Alfond boosts JAX

BAR HARBOR — A charitable contribution of $8,410,000 from the Harold Alfond Foundation will support The Jackson Laboratory’s efforts to enhance cancer diagnostics and treatment in Maine.

“The Jackson Laboratory is uniquely positioned to apply more than 86 years of expertise in cancer research to the improvement of cancer care in our state,” said Gregory W. Powell, chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees. “We are delighted to partner with the laboratory to improve the health of the people in Maine.”

“Most American cancer patients get their care at community hospitals, in rural or suburban settings, and this is especially true in Maine,” said Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory and director of The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center.

“Thanks to the vision of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and, working in collaboration with MaineGeneral Medical Center and its Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, [the laboratory] will work to ensure that all Maine cancer patients and their physicians have access to precision cancer care using the latest advances in genetic technologies, allowing them to determine the best treatment for a particular cancer.”

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