Eric Lefkofsky is not only known for his numerous successful businesses, but many individuals in the world of business have also heard of Lefkofsky’s many outreach programs in which he is trying and succeeding in giving back to society in many different ways, including cancer research. Eric’s wife Liz has personally been touched by cancer. She had a sister die from cancer at the young age of seven and both Liz and her mother are cancer survivors, with Liz being a breast cancer survivor. Lefkofsky has publicly discussed how scary Liz’s cancer diagnosis was and that the unknown is one of the worst parts.
So, what do you do when you have a world of techonology at your hands and you realize that there is a gap in the formulation of cancer treatment plans? Well, Lefkofsky decided to develop a new operating system that collects data from multiple systems across the country so that doctors treating cancer can go to one place for anatomic and molecular data. This means that the doctors have more information which makes them better informed and they can thus design better treatment plans. The new operating system is called Tempus. In addition to helping design and fund the technological system dubbed Tempus, the Lefkofsky Foundation also funds other avenues of cancer research including the American Brain Tumor Foundation, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke.
Eric Lofkofsky firmly believes that he should give back and the funding of cancer research and technology is just one way that he and the Lefkofsky Foundation does this. The foundation also donates to educational programs, human right initiatives, and cultural programs. Both Eric and the Lefkofsky Foundation are working to change the world.
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