Jose Carreras donates a leukaemia ward

The retired tenor has given a million Euros to fund 20 beds for stem-cell therapy for leukaemia patients in the east German town of Jena.

Himself a survivor of the disease Carreras, 70, is concerned about high rates of cancer in deprived parts of unified Germany.


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  • I had the enormous pleasure of working with this good man and wonderful artist soon after his recovery from leukaemia. He was nervous as his six-monthly check up was due the following week. I recall his telling me of his determination to do something to help find a cure for the illness. The resultant international Foundation has now raised more €500 million for research, the endowment of wards and a host of other projects, a good part of that from Jose Carreras’ annual charity concerts. Bravissimo, Jose!

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