Brad Pitt, family give $1M to SW Missouri hospital

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
FILE - In this May 20, 2009 file photo, American actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the film "Inglourious Basterds", during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Brad Pitt and his siblings have given $1 million to help a Missouri hospital open a new pediatric cancer center that will be named for their mother.

Pitt and his siblings' families, Doug and Lisa Pitt and Rob and Julie Neal, gave the money to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, on Saturday in honor of their mother's passion for children's issues.

The hospital is opening the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center this summer in the town where Pitt and his siblings grew up.

The donation will pay to hire the only pediatric oncologist and hematologist in southwest Missouri.

The new center will make St. John's one of six affiliates of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., meaning the center will be able to participate St. Jude's clinic research trials.

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