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Patient gives $30 million to Dana-Farber for broader cancer research

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Building things and solving problems are woven into Albert Marcotte’s DNA.

The Plymouth native helped build his first house at age 12, and he launched a company after graduate school that used computer simulators to teach business executives how to make better decisions at a time when computers were foreign to most people.

The 75-year-old management consultant hopes his latest venture will help solve one of medicine’s most intractable problems — cancer. Marcotte is donating $30 million to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to expand research initiatives. It is the second-largest gift from a single donor in the hospital’s history, according to Dana-Farber. The largest, $50 million, was received a few years ago from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

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