The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1 million commitment toward its effort to obtain a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designation for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
Larry Crain Sr. has pledged to provide the $1 million gift in honor of his late wife. In recognition of the gift, UAMS plans to rename the Seed of Hope Garden on the first floor of the cancer institute to the Jannett Crain Seed of Hope Garden. Crain’s wife died in 2018 from cancer.
In addition, the gift honors Janet’s caregivers and Crain’s sister-in-law who survived advanced lung cancer.
“I just want to honor her and the things she did, not only in our personal lives, but also the things she’s done for all the communities we’ve lived in,” Crain said in a statement. “I didn’t realize how many lives she affected until after her death. There were so many people who made me aware of things she did for them that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about.”
Currently, there are 71 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in the United States. This designation allows centers to access federal research funding and offer clinical trials unavailable to non-designated centers.
According to UAMS, the NCI designation would have a $72 million economic impact on Arkansas, creating approximately 1,500 jobs in five years.