Gov. Dave Heineman:
"Today is a remarkable and historic day for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the State of Nebraska as we break ground on a facility that will provide hope and healing. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will be a world-class institution for medical research and treatment."
David Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce:
"It's amazing when you think about the ripple effect this gift - and this project - will have on our city. Above all, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will provide supreme care for individual patients, but it also will care for the 'health' of our community by enhancing our image, bringing new jobs and attracting premier talent in the field of cancer treatment and research."
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle:
"Great cities invest in themselves. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is an investment in our future. This project will put Omaha at the forefront of cancer research worldwide, boost economic development in our Midtown neighborhoods and create thousands of new jobs. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will move our city forward."
Chris Pilcher-Huerter of Omaha, a two-time Hodgkin lymphoma survivor
"The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will elevate the superior care that's right here in our backyard. And it's going to impact all Nebraskans, not just the ones with cancer. From a patient's point of view, going from one clinic to the next to the next can be very trying. The whole idea of having physicians, scientists, clinics and treatment facilities in one place is going to be so much more convenient for patients, for loved ones, for family members. And to have that here in Nebraska is absolutely unbelievable."
M. Sitki Copur, M.D., medical director of oncology,Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center, Grand Island
"Historically, the majority of advances for cancer diagnosis and therapy have come through the approaches taken by the NCI-designated cancer centers. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will provide the most needed comprehensive cancer services and resources to not only the Omaha area, but also to the entire state of Nebraska as well as to nearby states which lack an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer program."