Dana-Farber Receives $16.5 Million Gift to Support Multiple Myeloma Research
Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will establish the Riney Family Multiple Myeloma Initiative to help improve outcomes and accelerate understanding of the underlying biology for the most challenging types of myelomas. The initiative is being supported by a $16.5 million gift from Paula and Rodger Riney of St. Louis.
The gift from the couple’s foundation, the Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation, is the largest single gift from a family to support multiple myeloma research and care in Dana-Farber’s history. The Riney Family Multiple Myeloma Initiative at Dana-Farber will add to its legacy of multiple myeloma support, which includes gifts to Washington University School of Medicine and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Rodger Riney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and treated at the Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In 2018, Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, Program Director at Dana-Farber’s Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, joined as an advisor to Mr. Riney’s care team.
“As a myeloma patient, you are very aware of the groundbreaking work being done at Dana-Farber in multiple myeloma. Dana-Farber is an institution we want to invest in, given its impressive track record in improving myeloma treatment,” said Mr. Riney. “Our hope is that this gift will inspire others to support Dana-Farber’s researchers and clinicians to extend survivorship, and ultimately find a cure.”