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KCI establishes patient care fund in honor of community arts patron

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has established the Dr. Coleman and Shirley A. Mopper Patient Care Fund after receiving a $100,000 outright bequest and a commitment of a future leadership donation from the estate of the late Shirley A. Mopper. This initial gift will be used to purchase new patient beds in the inpatient unit of the cancer center. The Institute is also named as a beneficiary in her charitable remainder unitrust.
Mrs. Mopper passed away in May 2010 at age 82 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. “Our mother would be pleased to know that the trust will benefit so many patients who are being treated at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said her son Andrew J. Mopper and daughter Marjorie Ann Mopper, who reside in San Diego. “She and our father were dedicated to giving back to the community and mother believed that this trust will make a lasting impact on cancer research,” her children stated.
Mrs. Mopper’s bequest to Karmanos is expected to be one of the Institute’s largest planned gifts on record. “We are deeply honored that Mrs. Mopper chose to name the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute as a beneficiary of her charitable remainder trust,” said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations at the Institute. “Her generous gifts will allow our physicians and scientific researchers to continue their groundbreaking work in cancer research and treatment development.”
Mrs. Mopper, who resided in Bloomfield Hills, was a vibrant woman who embraced life; dearly loved her family; was a passionate world traveler and collector of magnificent works of European art with her husband, the late Dr. Coleman Mopper. From their own travels, the Moppers generously donated many important European paintings and sculptures to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). “We were always reminded by our mother the importance of donating to organizations that support the community, not only cultural institutions like the DIA, but to hospitals like Karmanos, as well as organizations such as the Jewish Community Center,” her children said. “We are so very proud of the legacy our parents have left the community. We hope their generosity teaches others about giving back.”
Karmanos receives more than $1.5 million annually in planned gifts. A charitable remainder trust (CRT) is just one way donors can care for their loved ones and leave a philanthropic legacy through a planned gift to Karmanos.
To learn more about ways to leave a legacy and support cancer care and research through estate planning, contact Lynn Fisher, director of Foundation Grants and Planned Giving at (313) 576-8119 or
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