Businessman donates $1.3M for IU urologic research

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana businessman who survived bladder cancer has donated more than $1.3 million to the Indiana University School of Medicine to help boost its research into urologic diseases.

City Securities Corp. Vice Chair Donald C. "Danny" Danielson's gift also honors the IU physician the 94-year-old credits with saving his life by creating the Michael O. Koch Chair in Urology.

Koch, who chairs the school's Department of Urology, is an expert in the reconstruction of the urinary tract.

Danielson was diagnosed by Koch several years ago with bladder cancer. Koch removed Danielson's bladder and prostate and created a new bladder from Danielson's small intestine.

Koch oversaw Danielson's treatment until he was declared cancer-free five years later.

Danielson says he hopes his gift helps Koch "attract the very best staff to IU."

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