PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon Health & Science University says it has raised $286 million in its effort to meet a challenge from Phil Knight.

The Nike co-founder last year offered to donate $500 million toward cancer research at OHSU if the Portland school can get an equal amount from elsewhere by February 2016.

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The Legislature last week approved $200 million to help meet the goal, and OHSU said Wednesday it has so far collected $86 million in private pledges and donations, with money coming from nearly every state. The donations include 20 gifts of at least $1 million.

OHSU researcher Dr. Brian Druker says Knight was informed of the progress on Monday and was delighted.

OHSU plans to use the money to attract high-profile scientists to conduct groundbreaking research into early detection of cancer.

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