Pope Foundation gives $1.3M to cancer research at UNC-Chapel Hill | The News & Observer


By Jane Stancill

April 15, 2014

CHAPEL HILL — The John William Pope Foundation has made a $1.3 million gift to UNC-Chapel Hill for cancer research and treatment.

The donation was announced last week at a board meeting of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A majority of the gift, $1 million, will fund a new John William Pope Distinguished Professorship in Cancer Research. The rest will go to the John William Pope Clinical Fellows Program, to support three postgraduate fellows annually.

“My father was passionate about giving to both cancer treatment and research, and that’s exactly what these gifts do,” Art Pope, chairman and president of the foundation, said in a UNC news release. “He was very clear that he wanted any investment we made to stay in North Carolina. These are the kind of projects he would have wanted.”

Art Pope is the state’s budget director.

UNC Lineberger will nominate Thomas Shea to be the first recipient of the professorship.

Shea was one of the late John William Pope’s doctors when he was treated for cancer in 2006 and is a leader in the care of patients with hematologic malignancies.

He is the director of the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program.