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Published on February 13, 2018

Cancer Patients Supported with $80,000 Grant by Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Cancer patients are being supported through an $80,000 grant given to the MidMichigan Health Foundation by the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation.

A portion of this donation has been designated toward MidMichigan Medical Center -- Midland’s Tumor Registry. The Tumor Registry is responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting to the National Cancer Database and the State of Michigan Tumor Registry on all cancers diagnosed and treated at the Medical Center. This data contributes to treatment planning, staging and continuity of care for cancer patients.

Funding was also given to the Elsa U. Pardee Memorial Cancer Lecture. Held annually in the fall, members of the medical community, as well as general public, are invited to attend this free program that discusses current information on this disease. Support from the Pardee Foundation has brought cancer experts from all over the United States to Midland over the years.

“We are grateful to the Pardee Foundation for their continued support of this lecture and their overall commitment to our cancer program,” said Joan Herbert, Pharm.D., director of Oncology Services, MidMichigan Health. “We feel the strength of our cancer program is demonstrated through the skills and compassion of our physicians and staff, and our strong community support exemplified by the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation. Our deepest appreciation is extended to its Trustees for all that they have done and continue to do for our cancer program and those it serves.”

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was established in 1944 under the terms of the will of its namesake, whose life was taken by breast cancer at the age of 59. Mrs. Pardee provided a $1 million trust fund “for the promotion of the control and cure of cancer.” She directed that this bequest be used to support research in the field of cancer and to provide for others the advantages of knowledge and techniques still undiscovered in the treatment of cancer.

“All of the Pardee Foundation’s efforts pay tribute to the selfless work of current and former Foundation members who have kept Elsa’s wish alive,” said Gail E. Lanphear, president, Elsa U. Pardee Foundation. “We believe Elsa would be pleased and proud.”

Those interested in learning more about MidMichigan’ s cancer services may visit www.midmichigan.org/cancer or wish to support MidMichigan’ s cancer program may go to www.midmichigan.org/donations.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports the patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant.

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