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UPR's Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives A Half Million-Dollar Donation

Anita Serra Blanco, former student of the School of Pharmacy of the University of Puerto Rico, granted to the Comprehensive Cancer Center her share from a private property located at Miramar sector in San Juan. The donation announced on February 2009, was made in loving memory of her daughter Leticia Stella Serra. The property is worth $1.1 million, and Miss Serra's contribution, which equals $550,000 for research development, is half of the house’s value.

UPR's Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives A Half Million-Dollar Donation
Anita Serra Blanco with the
Comprehensive Cancer Center board
(Photo courtesy of Diálogo Digital)

At Serra's will, and in accordance with the Comprehensive Cancer Center board, one laboratory at the new installations will be named after Leticia Stella Serra. Leticia, interior designer and prominent photographer, died victim of ovarian cancer in August 2006 at 44 years old. During the process, the artist created "The Cancer Diaries", a photographic collection about her experience dealing with the illness.

Research documents from the local Cancer Records, point out that death from ovarian cancer is the seventh cause of death among woman in the area. Cancer has become the second cause of health related death on the island, preceded only by cardiovascular disease. The Comprehensive Cancer Center's studies and research for possible cancer treatments addresses the Puerto Rican and Hispanic population in general. The Center investigates the genetic mechanisms in cancer development, the effects of cancer-increasing life-styles and habits, and strategies for prevention.





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