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A fierce warrior against illness

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Mary Lasker (1900-1994), was one of the first true champions of medical research. She used her charm, energy and media savvy to win funding for healthcare research, especially the cancer field. Together with her husband, she established the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation in 1942, which created America’s most prestigious prizes in basic and clinical research.

She served as director, chair or trustee of the American Cancer Society, the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation, the National Committee for Mental Hygiene and many other groups. She received dozens of awards and honorary degrees, chief among them the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Her impatience to speed the transfer of medical knowledge from bench to bedside at times made her a thorn in the side of scientists and lawmakers. But when she died, she left more than $10 million to the Lasker Foundation, a legacy t...(register to read more)

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