Cupid at CWRU
Happy Valentine's Day from The Alumni Association and the Office of Annual Giving!
Love is all around - and the campus of Case Western Reserve University is no exception. The following couples are just a few former students who found books and second looks while here.
Laura (CWR '99) and Anand (MGT '97, MGT '99) Swaminathan met during residence life staff training while standing in line for their vegetarian boxed lunches. Less than a month later, Laura had her first Indian meal when the couple shared their first date at the Saffron Patch restaurant. And, at a residence life event, Laura savored the chance to throw a pie in Anand's face (this picture catches her in the act).
Today, Anand and Laura remain close to CWRU community. In addition to making annual donations to CWRU School of Medicine and Weatherhead School of Management, Laura has volunteered to interview prospective students and Anand regularly visits campus as a guest lecturer.
Currently living in San Francisco, the couple spends their spare time to pursuing their passion for heli-skiing.
Denise (WRC '78) and Greg Young (WRC '77) met during their first-year at CWRU and quickly became close friends. Their favorite CWRU memories include long walks to local restaurants and long talks in the Thwing Center Rug Room. On one cold January evening, as they walked to a CWRU basketball game, Greg traded coats with Denise - offering her his warmer varsity football jacket. While it could have been an embarrassing moment when a few of his teammates saw him wearing a coat that was too small, all that mattered was the person walking beside him.
Eventually, their friendship developed into a lifelong love. As they prepare to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary, they are enjoying retirement, their three children and their five-year-old grandson.
Sarah (CWR '09, MED '13) and Myles (CWR '09, MED '13) Nickolich
Sarah and Myles both lived in Smith House during their first year and, during orientation, sat next to each other during the dorm's movie night. It was this chance meeting that lead to many happy CWRU memories, but their favorite is their wedding at Amasa Stone Chapel.
Currently living in Durham, N.C., Myles is in fellowship for hematology/oncology at Duke University Hospital and Sarah is chief resident at the University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine. Their first child, a son named Joseph, arrived in June 2016.
Leveraging CWRU’s resources to cure today’s childhood diseases tomorrow, the Research Institute for Children's Health, a group comprised of CWRU alumni, faculty and friends, is the new frontline in fast-tracking cures for childhood genetic diseases.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) made headlines when the Ice Bucket Challenge created a much-needed windfall of funds to fight a debilitating and deadly disease that affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States. The campaign educated the public about how a devastating disease can be overlooked when it does not affect a large group of people.
Sadly, there are many children suffering from similarly uncommon, but devastating diseases. Because these diseases affect a relatively small number of the population, they receive less funding to find treatments and cures.
CWRU is leading an effort to give hope to these children: the Research Institute for Children’s Health was launched to accelerate therapeutic development for rare diseases. A therapeutics accelerator pipeline utilizes the CWRU School of Medicine’s $100 million shared technologies to rapidly identify and test new drugs as well as those already approved by the FDA. This pipeline approach will facilitate discovery of new treatments in a fraction of the time it took not long ago. Imagine identifying potential cures for these genetic diseases in a few years, or even months, rather than decades! CWRU researchers, led by Mitchell Drumm, PhD, and alumni, like Chris Flask, PhD (CWR '92, GRS '99, chemical engineering, GRS '05, biomedical engineering), are leading the way to make this a reality for many children and their families.
You can help!
Join us in Sonoma County on June 24 for our annual fundraiser, Giving Kids Hope.
To learn more about our programs and follow our progress, visit our homepage or follow us on Facebook.
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