The developer of Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole and other area shopping complexes has pledged a $15 million gift to create the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute.
The gift from Erwin L. Greenberg and his wife Stephanie Cooper Greenberg is part of $45 million, which includes gifts from Johns Hopkins University, federal funding and other philanthropic support, that will be used to develop the institute.
The Greenberg gift, which is the largest designated bladder cancer research gift ever given to Hopkins, was made through the Erwin and Stephanie Greenberg Foundation, which gives to causes that supports issues of poverty, education, and medical research.
Greenberg started Greenberg Gibbons, with a portfolio of more than 10.6 million square feet, in 1968 and served as chairman of the board until 2010.
Bladder cancer is one of the most common genitourinary cancers in adults. The World Health Organization estimates 330,000 cases worldwide, with more than 74,000 new cases and 15,000 deaths in the United States. Annual costs of bladder cancer in the United States approach $4 billion.