April 16, 2008 / 6:26 PM / 10 years ago

Barbra Streisand donates $5 million to hospital

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Barbra Streisand has donated $5 million to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a women’s heart education and research program, the hospital said on Wednesday.

The gift will create permanent funding for the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education at Cedars-Sinai, and the hospital said it would expand research efforts there.

Barbra Streisand performs on the stage in Berlin June 30, 2007. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

“Women need to be educated about female cardiovascular disease and the medical community must be propelled toward change,” Streisand, 65, said in a written statement.

“Just like with breast cancer the impetus must come from women themselves striving to become empowered to reduce their risks for heart disease,” she said.

Streisand, a native of Brooklyn, New York, who first won fame as a singer in the early 1960s, has won multiple Grammy Awards. She has also won two Academy Awards and several Emmy awards for her acting.


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