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Energy giant gives $18 million to three Texas Medical Center institutions

Energy giant gives $18 million to 3 Texas Medical Center institutions

University of Texas M.D. Anderson building at dusk
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will receive $10 million from ExxonMobil for its Moon Shots program. WorldsTopLists.com
Texas Heart Institute St. Luke's Hospital Houston
The Texas Heart Institute will receive a $5 million grant from ExxonMobil. Texas Heart Institute
Texas Children's Hospital building street scene
ExxonMobil has promised a grant of $3 million to Texas Children's Hospital.   Courtesy photo
Rex W. Tillerson
ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson announced $18 million in Texas Medical Center grants. Photo courtesy of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
University of Texas M.D. Anderson building at dusk
Texas Heart Institute St. Luke's Hospital Houston
Texas Children's Hospital building street scene
Rex W. Tillerson

As ExxonMobil charges ahead with development of its massive new campus near The Woodlands, the nation's largest energy producer Thursday upped the ante for corporate philanthropy with the announcement of three major grants, totaling $18 million, in the Texas Medical Center.

ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson made the announcement at the Hyatt Regency Downtown where he addressed a press conference before attending the Greater Houston Partnership's State of Energy luncheon.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will be beneficiary of a $10 million grant for its Moon Shots program. Texas Children's Hospital will receive $3 million and the Texas Heart Institute $5 million, the largest corporate gift in THI history. Details on the grants can be found here.

Joining Tillerson for the announcement were M.D. Anderson CEO Dr. Ron DePinho, Texas Children's Dr. Mark Kline and the Texas Heart Institute's Dr. Jim Willerson.

“These world-renowned institutions are helping improve the health and lives of families in the Greater Houston area and that of other patients around the world, and we’re proud to support their important mission,” said Tillerson. “The grants will bolster their lifesaving medical research, prevention programs and patient care.”