"We have been planning this for a year now and I am so proud," the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote on Twitter

April 17, 2019 08:43 AM

Nearly 16 years after the death of her father, Kim Kardashian West is honoring him in a special way.

On Tuesday night Kim — along with her mom, Kris Jenner, sister Khloé Kardashian, half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and other members from her late father Robert Kardashian, Sr.’s family — all celebrated the opening of UCLA’s Robert G. Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health in Los Angeles.

“So proud to announce the Robert G Kardashian center for esophageal health being launched at UCLA,” the reality star wrote on Twitter. “My wish is that other families can have more information and we can also focus on health and prevention.”

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She added in another tweet, “We have been planning this for a year now and I am so proud.”

In a video shared to Twitter, Kim further explained the center, sharing, “My whole dad’s side of the family came to support.”

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Said mom Jenner in the clip, “So exciting.”

Kardashian Sr., an attorney and businessman, died in 2003 at the age of 59 from esophageal cancer. Kim was 22 at the time.

The new wing will “provide resources for groundbreaking research, patient care and education/training, in addition to support of efforts in esophageal health,” Khloé wrote on her Instagram story.

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“The naming of the center and its dedicated specialty services will assist in advancing UCLA’s position at the forefront of the world for the study and treatment of esophageal and other GI disorders—improving the quality of life for countless patients and their families.”

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In addition to attending the ribbon cutting ceremony, Kim said the family was taking pictures with the doctors involved in the center and training programs.

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Kim has also recently started to honor her father’s memory in a new way, following in his footsteps with her goal of taking the bar in 2022. In an interview with Vogue she explained that her father’s work as an attorney initially sparked her interest in pursuing law.

“On the weekends they used our home as an office, with Johnnie Cochran and Bob Shapiro,” Kim told Vogue about her father’s work for the infamous 1994 O.J. Simpson case. “My dad had a library, and when you pushed on this wall there was this whole hidden closet room, with all of his O.J. evidence books. On weekends I would always snoop and look through. I was really nosy about the forensics.”

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