CONTACT: CAROL JEFFERSON
UI Foundation News
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Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Sept. 27, 2000
Iowa City woman designates $1 million for cancer research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa City woman who is a grateful patient at the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is making a generous gift to the UI Foundation
for the UIs Holden Cancer Center. The $1 million endowment gift from
Louise White and her late husband, Willard "Woody" White, of Iowa
City will generate funds to be used to benefit leukemia and breast cancer
Dr. George Weiner, director of the Holden Cancer Center, has treated Louise
White, 84, since she was diagnosed with leukemia more than seven years ago.
She has been a wonderful patient, says Weiner. "Louise is a delightful
lady, who has a wonderful sense of humor and perspective on life. She has
maintained a positive outlook throughout her illness. In addition, she has
been a willing participant in a number of research studies exploring new approaches
to the evaluation and treatment of leukemia. She has already contributed so
much. Her gift is one more way she is helping us continue the fight against
cancer," he said.
Louises gift will enable researchers to conduct further studies to
continue to improve patient care, Weiner added. "Researchers are making
new discoveries every day. Her gift will help us transfer those discoveries
from the laboratory to the clinic in the form of promising new treatments."
Louise White said, "The endowment is a tribute to Dr. Weiner and all
that he has done. We wanted others to benefit from some of the new treatments
that have helped me." The Whites gift will continue leukemia research,
as well as expand breast cancer research at the university. The contribution
also honors the Whites daughter Nancy, who died of breast cancer at
Louise and Woody White moved to the Iowa City area to be close to the UIs
health care resources. "We decided Iowa City was the best place for us,"
said Louise White. "The University of Iowa is one of the greatest teaching
hospitals in the United States, if not the world. Two of our three children
were born here and I had been treated at the university before."
Before retiring and moving to Iowa City, the Whites farmed and raised purebred
Angus cattle in Keokuk and Linn Counties. They also lived in rural Johnson
County and on the Coralville Lake. Woody White died in April 2000.
The Whites gift is part of the universitys planned comprehensive
campaign to advance the UIs strategic goals for the years 2000-2005.
The campaign, which is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal
has been established, will be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation
and will raise funds to substantially increase the number of UI merit- and
need-based scholarships, as well as the number of endowed faculty chairs and
professorships; support eight new educational and research facilities; fund
outreach and service programs to benefit individuals, families, and communities
throughout the state of Iowa; build the UIs endowment; and launch new
initiatives in the arts, sciences, business, health care, and other fields.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.