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of the University. When Albert told me about this shortly after
I got to know him, I was horrified, and was determined that
somehow or other, between us, we would make a contribution that
would make up for the opportunity that Albert had given the
University and which was so casually lost. I really was
bitterly distressed about this.
Think of the time that was lost. . .
Yes. This same amount of money could have sparkplugged
tremendous fund raising campaigns that would have raised money
for research in both heart and cancer, and it could have done
a great number of other things. But Albert's energies
were put in other directions, and he had hoped by giving the
money that the University would use it intelligently.
At this time, in the late '30s, there were no voluntary
funds for cancer research other than those provided by a few
foundations, nor did the Heart Association have any funds for
research; it was only a small medical club. These two diseases,
even at this time, were the first and second leading causes of
death in the United States.
I had been interested and appalled by cancer as a disease even
when I was a tiny child, as I think I told you, when I went with
my mother to see her laundress, Mrs. Belter, lying on her bed
in a cheap, dirty room. My mother told me--I told you all this,
I'm sure. I was not more than four or five years old, maybe
even only three and a half, but Mrs. Belter's condition horrified
me, and I was determined that a thing like this should happen
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