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Robbie Watson Raphael

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John and Robbie Watson Raphael
John A. Raphael and Robbie Watson Raphael

Robbie Watson Raphael established the John A. Raphael Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Her husband, John, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016 and received his care at the Simmons Cancer Center. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of any cancer, and it was Mr. Raphael’s hope that the gift would benefit others through its support of research being done by UTSW’s Pancreatic Cancer Prevention Program. Mr. Raphael grew up in Dallas and, after graduating from the The University of Texas at Austin, came home to a long and successful career in commercial real estate. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2017, and his family is proud of his decision to make a gift from his will to help others. Mr. Raphael’s generous gift will support vital research that could advance new treatment and prevention efforts and adds to Mr. and Mrs. Raphael’s longtime support of UTSW.