Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Impressive Generosity

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Impressive Generosity

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It has been nearly four decades since Richard Nixon declared a "War on Cancer." And, still, the battle is not won.

To the contrary, the disease strikes someone every 30 seconds in the United States - and kills someone else every 90 seconds, according to the National Cancer Institute's Web site.

That makes a local couple's generosity especially important.

Jerry and Judy Davis have decided to donate $20 million - $2 million a year over the next decade - to the University of Florida's cancer program, according to a news release.

Another $1 million will be used on construction of a Shands cancer hospital in Gainesville.

Both of the Davises are cancer survivors, so it's easy to understand their interest. Still, their generosity is impressive.

Cancer is the second-leading killer in the United States, and it may soon be No. 1, the National Cancer Institute reports.

But maybe not forever.

Because of people like these, there may yet some day be a cure for cancer. Or at least, victims in this area will receive better care.

BOOK SALE A SUCCESS

Harry Reagan, president of the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library, wants to say thanks.

The Great Jacksonville Book Sale was a big success because of the customers and volunteers, he said in an e-mail.

With a bad economy and the likelihood of another budget crunch, it was more important than ever to raise money to supplement the library's budget, he said.

In fact, they may schedule a second one this year, perhaps in September.

Meanwhile, you still can find good books for sale at their BOOKtique in the Main Library and their Saturday Morning Bookstore at the University Park Library.

Check their Web site (fjpl.org) for the latest news.

The public library is more popular than ever because the people of Jacksonville continue to support it.

AWARDS AT AIRPORT

Jacksonville International Airport won two honors - Most Unique Services and Best Overall Concessions Program - at the recent Best Airport and Concessionaire Awards, sponsored by Airport Revenue News, in Orlando.

The recognition reflected the wide selection of shops and restaurants in the new concourses, according to a news release. …

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