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New Endometriosis Center Launches With $3M from Marriott Foundation
After 14-year-old Emily Hatch of Wellesley was treated for endometriosis at Boston Children’s Hospital, her mother, Mary Alice, asked the surgeon what she could do to help researchers find better treatments and ultimately discover a cure for the painful, chronic disorder. That conversation led to a gift of $3 million from the foundation started by Mary Alice’s grandfather, J. Willard Marriott, to launch the first-of-its-kind Boston Center for Endometriosis, “a joint undertaking to discover causes, promote prevention, and develop new treatments and cures for the disease of endometriosis,” according to an announcement to be released today by Boston Children’s Hospital. The Center will be the first in the world to both conduct research and treat endometriosis in women of all ages, from adolescence — when the disease often begins — through adulthood, according to Children’s Hospital.