Patrick and Ethan Wayne announced a gift of $1 million to the John Wayne Cancer Institute at the Institution Auxiliary’s annual Odyssey Ball Saturday, April 14th.

These funds, from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and given in honor of Patrick and Ethan Wayne’s father John Wayne’s 100th birthday, will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica’s Fellowship Program.

Patrick Wayne, Ethan Wayne and the extended Wayne family presented a check to Lou Lazatin, chief executive officer of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.

‘We are so grateful to be able honor our dad in this way,’ Ethan Wayne said. ‘He would have been so proud to see what the John Wayne Cancer Institute has accomplished over the years.

‘We chose to support the fellowship program in honor of our dear friend and colleague Joyce Green, who was honored this evening for the huge contribution she has made in leading this institute to become what it is today.’

The John Wayne Cancer Institute is considered one of the most comprehensive centers for advanced training in surgical oncology in the United States, according to a spokesman.

The combination of disciplines and facilities provided by the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Surgical Oncology Fellowship program, in addition to the institute’s community hospital setting at Saint John’s Health Center, allow each Fellow to have a synergistic learning experience between the laboratory and the clinic, officials said.

The program is one of 16 centers in the U.S. approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Over the past three decades, John Wayne Cancer Institute’s surgeons and scientists have trained more than 100 surgical oncologists in clinical translational research.

‘We are so appreciative of the Wayne family’s dedication to further the mission of cancer research and education,’ Lazatin said. ‘To honor their father, the Wayne family founded the John Wayne Cancer Institute, which today is world-renowned in the field of cancer research and treatment.’

The Wayne family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in 1985 to ‘bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer,’ he said.

Since its beginning, the foundation has supported awareness programs, education programs and support groups, and is aligned with like-minded groups and non-profit organizations that advance the fight against cancer, foundation officials said.