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Karmanos receives pancreatic cancer research funding in honor of the late Mayor Guido


Dearborn-area high school students and athletic directors joined members of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Development Department for a check presentation of funds raised through the Fifth Annual Mayor Michael Guido Memorial Showcase event. Pictured, from left to right, is Bob Picano, athletic director at Edsel Ford High School, Ahmad Leila, Hassan Nizam, Marc Shooshanian, director of girls’ athletics at Edsel Ford High School, Maureen Bender, director of corporate relations and events at Karmanos, Murry Washington, Kari Guido, wife of the late Mayor Guido, Jeff DelGiudice, boys’ athletic director at Fordson High School, Karry Samulski, third party events coordinator at Karmanos, Ali Farhat, Janelle Hamood, Jeff Conway, athletic director at Dearborn High School and Marie Gaedke. Seated are Hanna Omar on the left and Heba Bazzi on the right. 

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute once again has benefitted from the generous fundraising conducted by the young athletes of Dearborn and the surrounding areas in memory of the late Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2006.

Participants of the Fifth Annual Mayor Michael Guido Basketball Memorial Showcase have contributed $3,690 to the Mayor Michael Guido Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at Karmanos.

“It is overwhelming to experience the support of our local community for the research we do in pancreatic cancer at Karmanos,” said Philip A. Philip, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., leader of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at Karmanos and Mayor Guido’s oncologist. “Donated dollars will continue to fund an expanding pancreatic cancer research program at Karmanos aimed at discovering new and effective therapies.”

The annual event features a girls’ and boys’ basketball tournament and is hosted at one of four Dearborn schools each year -- Fordson, Dearborn, Edsel Ford or Divine Child high schools. Student athletes from Dearborn Heights Crestwood High School, Melvindale High School, Dearborn Heights Robichaud High School, Novi Catholic Central High School and Inkster High School also take part in the event.

Jeff DelGiudice, Boys’ Athletic Director at Fordson High School, first spearheaded the fundraiser and said the event is a fun and meaningful way to remember the late mayor.

“Mayor Guido was such a great man and not only that, he really supported athletics,” DelGiudice said. “The showcase was something I thought we needed to do right away. During the event, we mention what a great mayor he was and what a great guy he was.”

Kari Guido, wife of the late Mayor Guido, said she is thrilled that the showcase continues in memory of her husband.

“It reminds students and their parents of how committed the mayor was to the young people of the city,” she said. “Watching Mike succumb to cancer was so painful and watching my sons having to witness that and then ultimately losing him was so much to bear. Raising funds to spare another family that pain is really important to me.”

She also says that her husband’s care at Karmanos was second to none, the nurses and staff always there to meet the needs of her husband and family. She also mentions that Dr. Philip even made house calls to see her husband as he went through cancer treatment.

“He was so kind and compassionate,” she said. “Dr. Philip never lost hope. And that’s what I say to families that are dealing with pancreatic cancer – never lose hope.”

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