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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Receives $10,000 Gift to Benefit the Jacqueline E. Bayley Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research

Bayley Foundation officers present a donation for ovarian cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Pictured, from left to right: Dana Bennett, secretary; Kari Haddrill, treasurer; Debbie Knowles, Karmanos Major Gifts manager; and Eleanore Schroeder, president

Jackie’s stepfather, Pete Cudlipp and her mother, Martita Cudlipp

Teal Ribbons in Birmingham

Photo credit: daphne doerr photography


The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has received a $10,000 grant from the Jacqueline E. Bayley Foundation, designated to the Jacqueline E. Bayley Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research at the Institute.

The gift was announced at a recent fundraising event hosted by the foundation to highlight this newly-named fund established at Karmanos. The foundation’s fund-raising efforts will assist Karmanos’ research scientists in developing more effective ovarian screening and early detection methods.  

The Bayley Foundation was formed in 2011 in memory of Jacqueline Bayley, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on August 27, 2011, at the age of 34. Jackie made a touching and profound impact on each person in her life and her friends remember her fierce determination to live her life to the fullest, even in her final days.

In a 2009 message thanking her family and friends for raising funds to support ovarian cancer research, Jackie expressed the dire need for research.

“As I learn more about this disease, I am frightfully concerned about how little research, particularly diagnostic research, is available,” Jackie wrote. “Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer because, as with my case, it comes with few or no symptoms by the time the patient has reached Stage III or IV and the cancer has spread throughout the body, as it did to a number of my organs in my abdomen.

“Your efforts, and those that will surely follow due to your caring foundation, from many of our friends, acquaintances, family, co-workers and still-strangers, can only help the next 31-year-old girl who didn't know anything was wrong.”

Jackie’s mother, Martita Cudlipp, attended the fundraiser and shared her thoughts.

“This is the second anniversary of my Jackie’s death from ovarian cancer, which robbed her of life at 34, and robbed us of her vibrant, intelligent and loving presence,” she said. “I am impacted by the great loss of my daughter and strengthened by the true love, persistence and devotion shown by Jackie’s dear friends, Dana Bennett, Kari Hadrill and Eleanore Schroeder in perpetuating her memory through a foundation in her name.

 “My family is touched and impressed by the continued support of all of Jackie’s personal friends and colleagues. We are very grateful for their efforts to organize and sustain her foundation, as well as the support and encouragement of the Karmanos Cancer Institute to partner with them to see Jackie’s last dream come true. It was her wish for more research to find an early detection test for ovarian cancer that will help save the lives of other young women.”

Members coordinated Birmingham's participation in Turn the Towns Teal, a national ovarian cancer awareness campaign which takes place during September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

About the Jacqueline E. Bayley Foundation

The Jacqueline E. Bayley Foundation seeks to raise ovarian cancer awareness and support ovarian cancer research. To donate to Jackie’s fund at Karmanos, please call Debbie Knowles at 313-576-8102 or email: For additional information about the Jacqueline E. Bayley Foundation, please visit:

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