FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A New York City couple is making the first major private donation specifically designated for the University of Connecticut’s stem cell research.

UConn says an auditorium at UConn’s Farmington-based health center will be named in honor of Edmund and Arlene Grossman in appreciation for their $700,000 gift.

The gift is a component of an irrevocable bequest that will be part of the estate of the Grossmans, both of whom are cancer survivors.

They say they want to support stem cell research with potential to treat and cure cancer and diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, which have affected some of their close friends.

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