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Karmanos Cancer Institute promotes cancer research, treatment efforts to estate, financial planners

 

Bob Stone, partner and senior advisor at Telemus Capital Partners, longtime Karmanos board member and cancer survivor. 

 

Justin Klamerus, M.D., MMM, chief quality officer and executive vice president of Community Based Programs at Karmanos


 

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute representatives recently hosted metro Detroit financial and estate planners at a special breakfast event about the good work that the Institute’s health care teams and cancer researchers are doing to provide patients with superior care.

The second annual Financial and Estate Planners Breakfast was held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills to encourage planners to discuss with their clients the impact of estate gifts at Karmanos.

“Karmanos Cancer Institute is distinguished in the Detroit community for having expert physicians and skilled medical teams who provide leading therapeutic treatments with compassionate care, and a robust and innovative research program that directly impacts the treatment options available today and how cancer will be treated in the future,” said Bob Stone, partner and senior advisor at Telemus Capital Partners, longtime Karmanos board member and cancer survivor.

“We all know that our clients have many choices in how they can allocate their charitable dollars. We hope that you will talk with your clients about the positive impact of estate gifts and share the remarkable work taking place at Karmanos as a possible consideration for a charitable contribution in their estate plan.”

Karmanos has received generous donations from individuals in the past, which have helped to enhance services for cancer patients. Examples include the late Joseph Dresner, whose $2.5 million contribution was used to create the Joseph Dresner Family Clinic for Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation. Other donations have supported research into the development of new cancer therapies; treatments for breast cancer; funding of medications and transportation for patients in need; the development of complementary therapies; and the purchase of advanced research laboratory equipment.

“Estate gifts have a tremendous impact on everything we do,” said Justin Klamerus, M.D., MMM, chief quality officer and executive vice president of Community Based Programs at Karmanos, who spoke to attendees. “Gifts help us improve facilities, purchase state of the art equipment, enhance patient comfort, continually upgrade our diagnostic technologies, and provide seed funding for innovative research, which is critical to competing for federal grant dollars.”

One Karmanos patient who recently received a bone marrow transplant and is doing well spoke at the breakfast about her own experience at Karmanos and of the excellent care she received.

“I made it through the transplant process and am on the road to recovery,” said Tara Revyn, a Sterling Heights mom who underwent her transplant in July 2013. “I am thankful to all of the cancer experts at Karmanos and I would recommend Karmanos to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis.”

Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations at Karmanos concluded the event on a personal note and stated that contributions to the Institute ensure that work will continue on finding the best cancer treatments for all patients.

“None of the work our doctors do would be possible without our community’s support,” he said.  “My mom lost her life to breast cancer at age 46.  As I approach my own 46th birthday, I can’t help but think of the tragedy of losing my mother at such a young age and also of what cancer took from her.  She never had the chance to see her children grow up. With your continued support, we will bring this disease under complete control.”

For those with questions about designating Karmanos Cancer Institute as a beneficiary of an estate plan or making other financial contributions, please contact Lynn Fisher, senior director of Major Gift Programs at Karmanos at (313) 576-8119 or e-mail her at fisherl@karmanos.org. Information can also be found at http://www.karmanos.org/ways-to-give/planned-giving

 

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