Barbara R. Snyder
Case Western Reserve University
To the Members of the Board of Trustees:
This evening I had the great privilege of announcing a $6.7 million commitment from Char and Chuck Fowler to support research on Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer. As some of you know, Char and Chuck lost their daughter, Angie, to cancer when she was 14. They have taken that unimaginable grief and turned it to honoring her legacy with several philanthropic commitments designed to aid AYA patients and their families. Their strength, courage and advocacy are absolutely remarkable.
We shared news of the Fowlers' generosity during a Case Comprehensive Cancer Center event featuring scientists and physicians discussing their efforts to identify causes and cures of a disease that is the leading cause of death for people in this age group. While our nation has made marked strides in improving survival rates for children and older adults with cancer, the figures for AYA cancer have stayed stagnant since 1975. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center already is working to change that trend with recruitments of leading scientists specializing in aspects of the disease with this age group. The Fowlers' philanthropy will accelerate that work tremendously, and our gratitude is profound.
The Fowlers' earlier commitments supported a clinician focused on AYA cancer at University Hospitals, as well as creation of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. As part of Monday's activities, UH Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. Zenty III announced that an anonymous donor had made a $5 million gift after being inspired by the Fowlers' contributions. At the same time, we shared our plans to work collaboratively to raise additional funds to serve AYA cancer patients through scientific exploration and clinical care—or "lab to life" as School of Medicine Dean Pam Davis likes to say.
I look forward to seeing the results of our shared efforts to increase AYA cancer-related philanthropy, as well as the breakthroughs our researchers will achieve with these additional resources. Please join me in thanking the Fowlers for their leadership on this issue.
Barbara R. Snyder