GM Foundation donates $500,000 to Karmanos

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

The General Motors Foundation has donated $500,000 to support cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

“This generous gift is another example of the outstanding support of General Motors and the GM Foundation to help advance cancer research and enhance patient care,” said Dr. Gerold Bepler, president and CEO of the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Recognizing the foundation’s combined philanthropic contributions of nearly $7.4 million to Karmanos, Bepler said the institute has named an entire laboratory floor at its main campus the GM Foundation Cancer Research Floor.

“This serves as a lasting tribute to all GM and the GM Foundation have done, and continues to do, to help advance cancer research that saves lives,” he said.

The grant was timed in recognition of Karmanos’ 33rd Annual Dinner on April 25. Chairing this year’s event are Debra and Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, global public policy for General Motors. Ferguson also serves as chairman of the GM Foundation.

Proceeds from this year’s event will expand Karmanos’ intensive care services and build a new 24-hour care clinic to best support the needs of Karmanos patients after-hours and over the weekend.

To make a reservation, go to www.karmanos.org/annualdinner.

jchambers@detroitnews.com