A $25 million donation to the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center by the Mays Family Foundation was announced Tuesday.

It adds to a $5 million gift from 2015 that created an endowed position for the the center’s director. The additional donation prompted the University of Texas System regents to authorize the renaming of the former Cancer Therapy and Research Center as the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio.

The announcement came at a ceremony at the center at 7979 Wurzbach Road in the South Texas Medical Center attended by UT System Chancellor William McRaven and other officials.

“Peggy and Lowry Mays and their family, through the Mays Family Foundation, are committed to ensuring that patients in San Antonio and South Texas receive world-class cancer care, close to their community,” said UT Health President William Henrich in a prepared statement.

The combined contributions will build the center’s endowment resources and allow it to establish as many as 10 new endowed faculty positions, bolstering its ability to recruit and retain professors, a press release states.

“This legacy contribution from the Mays Family Foundation will provide vital support for top-quality cancer care, innovative cancer research, investment in new drug discovery, and support for educating and training the next generation of leaders in cancer,” said Dr. Ruben A. Mesa, the center’s director.

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