The City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research
Institute received the largest individual gift in the cancer
centers 86-year history from Irwin Helford, chairman of Viking
Office Products and vice chairman of Office Depot. The Los Angeles
business icon and philanthropist has donated $36 million to kick off
construction of a state-of-the-art, 144-bed facility to accommodate
the needs of cancer patients into the next century.
City of Hope is extremely honored and grateful to be the
recipient of this generous gift. This not only represents the most
significant contribution in our history, but also and more
importantly, serves as a critical contribution toward the future of
cancer care, said Gil N. Schwartzberg, chairman and chief
executive officer of City of Hope.
The new hospital, slated for construction next year, is being
developed with an innovative universal patient-room concept, designed
to accommodate virtually any patient-care setting, including
intensive care, bone marrow transplantation, medical/surgical, and
outpatient. The facility will support clinical research and will meet
all recently developed state hospital earthquake requirements. The
hospital will be dedicated as the Betty and Irwin Helford Clinical
Research Hospital at its anticipated opening in 2004, according to
City of Hope officials.
Mr. Helfords association with City of Hope began in 1983 and
was highlighted in 1994, when he was honored by the Office Products
Council, an industry support organization for City of Hope. Mr.
Helford received The Spirit of Life Award for creating a
unique worldwide catalog business, raising the level of service for
customers in the United States, Europe, and Australia, and for his
long-time support of City of Hope. He served on the Executive Council
for two terms. Since its inception in 1983, the Office Products
Council has raised more than $14 million for research and treatment
at the national cancer center. Mr. Helfords prior personal
gifts of more than $2 million were recognized in 1997 with the
renaming of one of the existing research buildings.