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Q:

Concurrently, with this, Mrs. Lasker, your Foundation has been gathering these statistics to indicate this fact.

Lasker:

Oh, yes, we gather the statistics, but we never have had the substantial funds that the Rockefeller Foundation or the Institute have.

Now, as a result of my feeling that the Heart Association was not very dynamic, I think I have already said in connection with the effort to get legislation for a National Heart Institute, that in 1947 I asked Senator Pepper to introduce a bill for heart research for 100 million dollars, and then in 1948 this bill was actually passed after many difficulties. I think I've described those to you. And, as of today, the National Heart Institute has 135 million dollars for training and research (Jane, please check those figures) for fiscal '63.

The Heart Association now, as of fiscal '63, is raising about 28 million dollars (Jane, please check the figures), as compared with about 40 million on the part of the Cancer Society.

Q:

Put it's still a considerable jump on their part.

Lasker:

Yes, but they only give about 50 percent of their money to research.

Q:

What do they use the other for?

Lasker:

Well, so-called education and pamphlets and the raising of



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