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University of Iowa Foundation News Release


Dec. 2, 2011

Grants from Peregrine Charities to benefit UI Children's Hospital

Patients treated at University of Iowa Children's Hospital will be the beneficiaries of two grants totaling nearly $150,000 from Peregrine Charities that will advance pediatric research and patient care at the UI.

The first grant of $100,000 will augment the Peregrine Charities Discovery Fund for Children's Medicine at the UI, created by Peregrine Charities in 2007. The fund supports research into rare pediatric diseases by scientists at the Department of Pediatrics in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. To date, Peregrine Charities support of this research fund has totaled $500,000.

A second grant of $42,210 will be used to purchase a Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting Machine, which will advance cell-based therapies for children with many congenital and acquired diseases. Both grants were made through the UI Foundation.

"We are honored to partner with Peregrine Charities in its quest to improve the lives of children facing devastating medical conditions. Their generous, visionary support enhances two key areas of our mission: research into the basis of rare diseases and better care for children being treated for those diseases," said Thomas Scholz, M.D., professor and interim head, UI Department of Pediatrics, and interim physician-in-chief, UI Children's Hospital. "Support from donors like Peregrine Charities is crucial in allowing us to impact the health and well-being of children."

Scholz adds that the long-standing support to the Peregrine Charities Discovery Fund has provided critical funding for pediatric medical research and has allowed UI Children's Hospital leadership to react to promising new ideas and projects that are within reach of finding a disease's cure.

"We are fortunate to be able to work for a closer connection with children and families served and to see the impact that is made from gifts to pediatric care providers, researchers, and a host of compassionate and talented partners in our extended community," said Russell R. Wasendorf Sr., founder of Peregrine Charities and chairman and CEO of PFGBEST.

Peregrine Charities is a grant-making family foundation that supports medical research for rare pediatric diseases and provides assistance with children's hospitalization and medical treatment. Since 2004, Peregrine Charities has given more than $1.5 million to eastern Iowa hospitals. Peregrine Charities was established as a 501(c) 3 organization in 2004 by the Wasendorf Family.

Ranked as one of the nation's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report in all 10 possible specialties, UI Children's Hospital is a statewide resource for families that includes more than 140 pediatric physicians and more than 500 specially-trained pediatric nurses, all focused on caring for children.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its website at

PHOTOS: The Peregrine Charities logo may be downloaded at:

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Sheila Baldwin, UI Foundation, 319-467-3731,