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Long-time supporters of leukemia research visit Karmanos

Ronald and Barbara Meyer with Larry Matherly, Ph.D.

Wood carvings created by Uncle Clarence "Jake" Kohler, who passed away in July 2013.

Ronald and Barbara Meyer from LaSalle, Michigan, stopped by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute this past June to visit with Larry Matherly, Ph.D., professor of Oncology and leader of the Molecular Therapeutics Program at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine.  For over a decade, the Meyers raised funds through the Dale Meyer Memorial Golf Outing and designated their support to Dr. Matherly’s leukemia research program.

The Meyer’s son, Dale, was 24 years old when he passed away from leukemia back in 1996.  Since their son loved the game of golf, and played it often with his friends, the Meyers organized an annual golf outing in their community to honor Dale’s memory and to also help advance leukemia research. Uncle Clarence “Jake” Kohler, who was well known for his wood carvings, created special carvings for the events.

The Meyers established the Dale Meyer Memorial Endowment for Leukemia Research at Karmanos in 2002. Although they retired the golf outing in 2008, after 12 years of successful fundraising, Dale’s endowment, now close to $110,000, will continue to provide funding for leukemia research in perpetuity.

Dr. Matherly thanked the Meyers for their long standing support for his research initiatives.  Mrs. Meyer shared that they felt Dr. Matherly was “like family.”

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