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Record $21M donation goes to B.C. Cancer Agency

A foundation set up by a Slovakian emigrant who made a fortune in B.C. real estate has given what's believed to be the largest-ever charitable donation in the province's history.

What is believed to be the largest charitable gift in B.C. history has been donated by a man who came to the province with almost nothing to his name.

A charitable foundation set up by developer John Jambor, who arrived from Slovakia in 1928 with $14 in his pocket, has handed over a $21.4-million donation to the B.C. Cancer Agency.

Before Jambor died in 1991, he and his son set up the charity, which culminated in his record-setting and final bequest.

The CBC’s Alan Waterman reports.