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Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, are giving the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute $25 million.

The money will be used to kick off a $50 million fundraising campaign. Institute director, Dr. Dan Oseran, says it's the largest gift Providence has received.

He says Providence has a very large database containing the details of at least 10 million cardiac patients, spanning five states and 40 hospitals, "so we sort of view our holding that cardiac database as a really unique asset where we can, with recruitment of the right statisticians and the leaders to mine that database to define best practices, look at outcomes. I think it may even change the way some clinical research is done."

The Knight's gift will help develop three areas of expertise: specialty care, research and disease prevention.

Across town at Oregon Health and Science University, the Knight's $500 million pledge for cancer research has already attracted more than $400 million in matching funds.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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