UVa's Cancer Center Honors Senator Couric

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

September 29, 2006

The legacy of Senator Emily Couric continues to live on in Charlottesville.

The cancer center at the University of Virginia is now called "The Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center."

The naming happened during a Board of Visitor's meeting to launch UVa's 3 billion dollar fund-raising campaign.

Couric's family was there to represent Senator Couric. She died of pancreatic cancer in 2001.

"I think something very positive came out of something very tragic as premature death, and now this cancer center is going to provide high quality care to multiple individuals," said Senator Couric's Husband Dr. George Beller.

Katie Couric, the sister of Emily and anchor of the CBS Evening News, was not at the event, but said in a statement "...the occasion is bittersweet for the entire family, and to feel the impact of Emily with such an event is gratifying."

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