Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute statement for Eleanor Josaitis
Monday, August 08, 2011
We at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Eleanor Josaitis, who served as a member of the Institute’s board of directors with distinction for many years. Eleanor was unique in her passion and devotion to our community and especially to its most vulnerable citizens. Together with the late Rev. William Cunningham, Eleanor took the lead in helping to heal and unite Detroit after the 1967 riots by creating Focus: HOPE, which in time became one of our city’s true crown jewels. Eleanor was selfless and self-effacing, but at the same time, she was strong and steadfast in accomplishing her goals of assisting those in need. She truly made a difference and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and the staff of Focus: HOPE. May her legacy endure and inspire others to continue her important work.