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Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner are unwavering champions of The Princess Margaret and our shared vision to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. Their longstanding generosity is revolutionizing the way we detect, diagnose and treat cancer here in Toronto, across Canada and around the world.

Now, Richard and Laura have made a new transformational gift of $10 million to support the highest priorities of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

“To give a gift of this size is remarkable – to give a gift of this size to the highest priorities of an organization is truly rare and extremely praiseworthy,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, UHN. “We are deeply indebted to Richard and Laura, not only for sharing our vision, but for providing the resources that will help us achieve that vision.”

Over more than two decades, Richard and Laura have supported numerous projects spanning a variety of areas across The Princess Margaret, including the Space Transformation Campaign and the Cancer Quality Lab (CQuaL), an initiative dedicated to undertaking research projects to facilitate quality improvement across the cancer care continuum.  

As a dedicated volunteer and immediate past Chair of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Richard Rooney has seen firsthand how donor support makes a lasting impact on cancer research, care and education.

"We are immensely grateful to Richard and Laura for igniting life-changing innovation through this visionary contribution, and to Richard for his remarkable leadership as Chair of our Foundation” said Dr. Miyo Yamashita, President & CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Gifts that support highest priorities allow The Princess Margaret team to provide patients with the most advanced treatment options while also pursuing new ways to detect cancer earlier and treat it more effectively with fewer side effects.

“Transforming research into breakthrough treatment options demands years of dedication and vast resources,” said Dr. Keith Stewart, Vice President, Cancer and Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Program. “To continue making bold advancements in cancer care, we need bold, visionary investments like the one Richard and Laura have made.”

We would like to thank Richard and Laura for this extraordinary gift which will ignite innovation and change the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones everywhere. In grateful recognition of Richard and Laura’s cumulative support of The Princess Margaret, we are delighted to dedicate the Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner Atrium at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in their honour.


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Published June 21, 2024