Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals in Cleveland have announced gifts totaling $11.7 million in support of the adolescent and young adult cancer center at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
The gifts, which include $6.7 million from Chuck and Char Fowler and $5 million from an anonymous donor, will support the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute, which is named for the Fowlers' daughter, who died from the disease at the age of 14 in 1983. The Fowlers' gift will fund a broad range of state-of-the-art research initiatives aimed at developing solutions for the treatment and cure of AYA cancers, the leading cause of disease-related death for adolescents and young adults. The anonymous donor's dollar-for-dollar matching gift is expected to spur an additional $5 million in gifts ranging from $25,000 to $1 million.
The Fowlers' gift follows a $1 million gift from the couple to UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in 2007 to support the nation's first-ever chair in AYA cancer. Four years later, they were joined by their daughters, Chann and Holley, and sons-in-law, Ed Spellman and Rob Martens, in making a $17 million commitment to create the institute.
"Even as our nation has made immense strides in improving survival rates for pediatric and adult cancer patients, we have made far too little progress for teens and young adults," said Case Western president Barbara R. Snyder. "Chuck and Char Fowler have helped bring unprecedented attention and resources to this critical need, and we feel privileged to build on their efforts with this new collaborative initiative."