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(Oregon Live)   Phil Knight has offered to donate $500 million to help cure cancer. Difficulty: A University has to find $500 million to match it in the next two years. Challenge accepted?   (oregonlive.com) divider line 65
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2013-09-22 11:42:02 AM  
I'll reserve judgment on whether this guy is a "dickface" until 2 years from now when/if the school doesn't raise the $500m. If he says "no money for you," then yeah, dickface. If he still gives them the money? Pretty decent move.

Here's an interesting thing to ponder: if he leaves his $15b+ to cancer research that eventually leads to genuine cures for lots of cancers, does that absolve the decades of child labor that made him his money?
 
2013-09-22 11:45:18 AM  
This cancer treatment needs to be funded!

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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=677_13 54418535
 
2013-09-22 11:54:03 AM  

jaytkay: AliceBToklasLives: Or he could do his research and donate it to the school

NutWrench: If he wants to help people, he should do a little research and donate to the school

You want him to break out the waffle iron and start studying cancer on his kitchen table?


If the guy has 500 million to donate, he can certainly afford a couple of temporary employees, specializing in Oncology, who can do the research for him. As other people already mentioned, he's not going to "cure cancer" but he can pick a school that's making the most promising research in a particular sarcoma or lymphoma and reward them for their efforts, rather than for their ability to kiss his ass.
 
2013-09-22 12:19:32 PM  
A country in which the FED prints 85 Billion US dollars a month, to prop up the US economy with bonds....

Yet this rich NIKE guy wants a university to match his wealth and donate....  this guy seems like a dick.
500 million won't cure cancer.   All it can do is treat the sick.

Nike,  overcharging for decades for their products.    We don't have the money we used to Mr. rich NIKE 1%'er.

People in the US are struggling... Mr. Knight if you have means and want to donate...do it.   My daughters Oncologist is in Hershey, Pa.     Send a check there.


meh,  maybe the guy and that university are just attention whores.   FARK them both.
 
2013-09-22 12:33:28 PM  
When I'm able to donate half a billion dollars to someone, I guess I'll then have the authority to dictate to others how they should do their half billion dollar donating, too. Can't wait for that day.

On the other hand, I've noticed that people who I suspect donate the least, if any at all, are generally the ones that are the most critical of how, why, and to whom other people donate money. Weird, that.
 
2013-09-22 12:57:13 PM  
Mr. Knight needs to realize that while that half billion probably wouldn't affect his standard of living in any tangible sense, the people he's been exploiting* are mostly under recession conditions and are worried about keeping a roof over their heads. Perhaps he could make his donations without attaching exploitative conditionals?

/  * I mean the folks he's been overcharging for cheap shoes, not so much the people** being underpaid to make the cheap overpriced shoes.
//  ** Although... yeah, them too.
 
2013-09-22 01:51:53 PM  

YoOjo: DerAppie: YoOjo: I thought it was accepted that we can't 'cure' cancer, we can only cure cancers.
There's no magic wand that will eradicate all cancers, just some. Even if we make incredible progress against it we will never be on top, something to do with it mutating probably.

Your point being?

My point is simple, I saw 'cure for cancer' as opposed to 'cure for some cancers' and commented on that.
This total eradication of all cancer is raising a lot of false hope possibly. I appreciate it funds a lot of research and that equals jobs but there's a lot of people out there that have lost someone important to cancer and I feel it's overly playing on their emotions to get donations if the carrot is a total cure.
I don't actually know any of the above, I'm just a guy pressing buttons on a device somewhere that enable me to make comments. I couldn't tell from your question if you wanted more of my opinions or were just telling me to shut up, but if the latter then I don't really do internet arguments.


Definitely not that. There is nothing to be gained by telling people to shut up over the internet so I don't do that. The post just felt like an info dump without any overarching point to it and I wondered if there was a point you were trying to make, but which was lost on me. Anyway, there is no reason why we wouldn't cure all cancer in the end. Just because there are hundreds of types of cancer merely means that we need hundreds of treatment procedures. This means that fund raising with the message that they are trying to cure cancer isn't wrong or even misleading, curing all cancer is the goal in the end. It is simply easier to do a fund raiser to cure cancer than a fund raiser where people need a MD to understand the specific illness that is being campaigned for/against.

And don't feel to bad about the people who lost someone to cancer and donated. Their reason for donating probably isn't to stop that specific type but to prevent other people from going though the same thing. That the money goes to skin cancer instead of lung cancer isn't really relevant to most of them.
 
2013-09-22 02:27:01 PM  
This is sure a lot more useful than running one mile for every American soldier who died in the Vietnam War.
 
2013-09-22 02:30:40 PM  
Dude is just whoring for attention. It is a pledge he knows he doesn't have to keep. Getting 500 million in funding is a real biatch as a university (I speak as a person who works at one). Getting it for a single project? Well nigh impossible. They just won't be able to raise that kind of money with grants and donations, nor can it be diverted from other sources because of how large it is. It can't be pulled from the endowment since most of that money is tied up in commitments (like a certain amount is to be paid out in scholarships, or it is to remain invested and the returns used for things and so on).

So Cpt. Attention Whore here gets to say "Oh look at what a generous offer I made! So sad they didn't take me up on it!" while knowing full well beforehand that he had nothing to worry about. If you wanna give that amount of money, you just have to give it. You can certainly specify what it'll be used for, and half a billion will set up a very, very nice cancer research program. But you can't go and say "You have to match it."

I'm quite sure he knows it to, and this is just a publicity stunt.
 
2013-09-22 03:29:55 PM  
Jesus H, you idiots.

There's a difference between the University of Oregon (Phil Knight's undergrad alma mater) and Oregon Health Sciences University.

Phil's influence has revolutionized UO athletics, at the cost of completely farking up most of the academic programs.

OHSU,on the other hand, is a first-class medical school and research centre.

Oregon might be a little state, but there's more than one goddamned facility of education here, you goddamned savages.
 
2013-09-22 06:32:39 PM  
For all you tools railing against Knight's relationship with Oregon, it's painfully obvious you dnrtfa. He's donating it to OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University), not U of O. Penny and Phil have already donated over $200 million to OHSU prior to this.

So chill the fark out and stop being mad, bros.

/any money donated to medical research is cool in my book
 
2013-09-22 06:42:58 PM  

wildcardjack: It means Nike's are made using off spec, often narrow, forms.


See what I mean?

Mother farkers go to bumfark India and buy up slave children for pennies and have them make the shoes. They make the shoe molds narrower so they can sew more sets. You try the narrow shoes and find that they don't fit, forcing you to buy a larger pair or more expensive model.

If the company just made normal sized shoes in America or better yet just used centimeters instead of "size", all would be right with the world. Instead, we live here in this world, where a man can't get a shoe that fits without trying it on first.
 
2013-09-22 07:59:18 PM  

Drunken_Empath: Jesus H, you idiots.

There's a difference between the University of Oregon (Phil Knight's undergrad alma mater) and Oregon Health Sciences University.

Phil's influence has revolutionized UO athletics, at the cost of completely farking up most of the academic programs.

OHSU,on the other hand, is a first-class medical school and research centre.

Oregon might be a little state, but there's more than one goddamned facility of education here, you goddamned savages.


So OHSU is not affiliated with the university of Oregon?
 
2013-09-22 10:27:05 PM  

kwame: Drunken_Empath: Jesus H, you idiots.

There's a difference between the University of Oregon (Phil Knight's undergrad alma mater) and Oregon Health Sciences University.

Phil's influence has revolutionized UO athletics, at the cost of completely farking up most of the academic programs.

OHSU,on the other hand, is a first-class medical school and research centre.

Oregon might be a little state, but there's more than one goddamned facility of education here, you goddamned savages.

So OHSU is not affiliated with the university of Oregon?


Other than being partially supported by the state, not really.  OHSU has its own board of directors and a separate budget, and they don't really have much in common.  OHSU has more in common with OSU and PSU from what I'm aware of.
 
2013-09-23 12:20:31 AM  
Should be a crap shoot. They already know cannabis is the cure. Would be better to find a way to give cancer to the people that really need it.
 
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