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Business and labor join forces to support Knight Cancer Challenge September 2014
By Debbie Kitchin

Today, I had the honor of helping launch an effort between the state's largest business and labor organizations to support the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Challenge. The campaign, Business & Labor Unite for the Knight, is a coalition of Oregon businesses and union locals working together to raise money for the Knight Cancer Challenge.

As you know, Phil and Penny Knight have promised a $500 million grant to the Knight Cancer Institute if OHSU can raise a matching $500 million in two years. With still over a year to go, OHSU is just $69 million short of reaching that goal. This is our opportunity to help get them there.

The Knight Cancer Challenge is a unique opportunity for the region. An investment of this magnitude in biomedical research and technology will serve as a catalyst for economic activity in the form of immediate jobs, as well as long-term industry growth. And, thanks to the brilliant researchers at OHSU, we have a chance at finding a cure for cancer.

I hope you will join me in supporting the fight against cancer and this unprecedented opportunity to position OHSU as a world-class cancer research center.
There is more than one way to get involved. You can make a personal contribution, a corporate contribution and/or give through an employee giving campaign.

To donate, visit And, when you have contributed, let us know by tweeting @OHSUKnight and @PDX_BizAlliance with #UnitefortheKnight.
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