Philanthropist, businessman and longtime supporter of USC’s cancer treatment initiatives Larry Freeman has donated $5 million to the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen Puliafito announced.
The gift will name the Judy and Larry Freeman Cancer Day Hospital, an outpatient facility currently located on the first floor of the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital.
“The core of the USC/Norris Cancer Center and cancer care at USC has always been extraordinary philanthropy,” Puliafito said at the USC/Norris advisory board meeting where the gift was announced. “We at USC are deeply grateful, and I can’t wait until we see the Freeman name outside the building.”
Freeman is founder and chief executive officer of the Freeman Cosmetic Corp. and has served on the advisory board for the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital since 1991. His and his wife’s reasons for making the gift were extraordinarily personal, he said.
“I have a son who is alive today in part due to some of the work done here at USC,” Freeman said. “It is a debt that I can never repay.
“This is a very special place made up of very special people,” he said.
The Freemans, along with their daughter Jill and son Mark, have been major supporters of USC’s cancer programs for almost two decades, when they established the Freeman Aces Cancer Tennis Tournament, which has raised more than $3 million.
In addition, the family endowed the Judy and Larry Freeman Chair in Basic Science Research currently held by Amy Shiu Lee, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine.
Freeman also is involved with the Sportsman’s Club, the Union Rescue Mission, the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, and the Skin Cancer Institute. He earned a “100 Points of Light” honor from former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
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