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Metallica donates to Romanian pediatric cancer hospital

Metallica members Lars Ulrich, from left, James Hetfield,

Metallica members Lars Ulrich, from left, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo attend a photo call before their first of eight concerts in Mexico City on July 28, 2012. Photo Credit: AP / Marco Ugarte

Metallica says it has donated $277,600 to support the construction of Romania's first pediatric oncology hospital.

The American heavy metal band, which is very popular in Romania, made the donation ahead of their sold-out show Wednesday in Romania's National Arena, according to the band's All Within My Hands nonprofit foundation.

The funds went to the Daruieste Viata (Bestow Life) association, which is working to modernize Romania's medical infrastructure, increase its cancer survival rate and build the country's first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital. The group says the country's cancer survival rate is way below the European Union average.

The construction of the hospital began in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Few hospitals have been built in Romania since the 1989 fall of communism, a situation most blame on endemic government corruption.

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