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Teacher’s will aids cancer research

– A retired Indianapolis school teacher who died in February at age 94 has stunned a local cancer-research company by leaving it $1.9 million.

Margaret M. Weeks’ nearly $2 million bequest to Hoosier Oncology Group is the second-largest in the Indianapolis company’s history and one of its most surprising gifts.

“It came out of left field for us. We totally weren’t expecting it,” Chris Fausel, chairman of Hoosier Oncology’s board, told the Indianapolis Star.

Hoosier Oncology Group spokesman Randy Dillinger said the organization knows little about Weeks, whose gift was announced Thursday.

“There isn’t much that we know about her, which makes this kind of a mysterious gift to us, but one that we’re extremely grateful for,” he said.

The donation was made from a trust established by Weeks in 2001.

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