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GM Foundation Donates $400,000 to Karmanos Cancer Institute: Cadillac is Host Sponsor for dinner to raise money for chemotherapy unit renovation

Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Research Assistant Agnes Malysa, show GM President Dan Ammann and his wife Pernilla, chief operating officer of Mother New York, computer software that analyzes lung cancer tissue. Dan and Pernilla will chair the Karmanos’ 32nd Annual Dinner on April 26. The Institute’s cancer research is also being supported by a $400,000 grant from the GM Foundation. 

The General Motors Foundation is donating $400,000 to support cancer research conducted by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The grant celebrates Karmanos’ 32nd Annual Dinner and brings to nearly $7.3 million the combined contributions from the GM Foundation and GM over the last 17 years.

“Our donation to Karmanos Cancer Institute is part of the GM Foundation’s larger commitment to support the research and prevention of the major illnesses of heart disease, cancer and diabetes,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Due to the tireless efforts of the Karmanos team and their excellent reputation, we are again extending our support to continue the fight against cancer.”

GM President Dan Ammann and his wife, Pernilla, chief operating officer of Mother New York, will serve as chairs for the Annual Dinner on Saturday, April 26, at the Fox Theatre. This is the fourth consecutive year that a member of GM senior leadership has chaired the event.

“Pernilla and I are humbled by the opportunity to continue GM’s commitment to Karmanos, and act as champions for such an important cause,” Ammann said.

Cadillac is the Host Sponsor of this year’s Annual Dinner. Proceeds from the event will fund the renovation of the Institute’s infusion center, where chemotherapy, a significant component of treatment for many cancer patients, is administered.  The renovations will enhance the patients’ experience, providing a more comfortable and soothing environment as they receive critical care.

“We are extremely grateful for the outstanding support of General Motors and the GM Foundation,” said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. “The GM Foundation has consistently supported our innovative cancer research, which is critical for the advancements of new treatment discoveries. In addition, the tremendous contributions from GM over the span of several years demonstrates the company’s steadfast commitment to cancer patients and the health and well-being of those in our community.”

In addition to Cadillac, other key sponsors for Karmanos’ 32nd Annual Dinner include: Executive Sponsors, Becker Ventures, Compuware Corporation, and Johnson Controls; Entertainment Sponsor, Credit Union ONE; Dinner Sponsors, AVL Americas, Crain Communications, Edw. C. Levy Co., Lil and Alex Erdeljan, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Kenwal Steel Corp., Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian, and Lear Corporation. Media sponsors are: Magazine Sponsor, Hour Detroit and dbusiness; Radio Sponsor, News/Talk 760 WJR; and Television Sponsor, WDIV Local 4.

To reserve tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Koltunchik at 313-576-8106 or koltuncl@karmanos.org or visit http://www.karmanos.org/annualdinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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