Shared Stories

Behind every gift to UT Southwestern Medical Center is a personal story. These stories inspire us to search for new lifesaving treatments, deliver personalized care to our patients, and provide superb training to the researchers, physicians, and health care providers who are the future of medicine. Read about some of the generous supporters who make our work possible.

Translational researcher Busch receives Hartwell biomedical support

"Our approach is to be unique, selective, thorough, and accountable. We provide an opportunity for those we support to make a difference and to realize their hopes and dreams," said Dr. Fred Dombrose, President of The Hartwell Foundation. 

Simmons Gift Funds Women's Urology Research

“So many women have chronic urologic conditions, and Dr. Zimmern is tired of putting a Band-Aid on these problems," said Dee Simmons. "He wants to find answers, D’Andra and I believe his research stands out and will make a difference.”

Pechar Gift to Furthur Pediatric MS Research

“Maxine and I are the kind of people who think we’re very lucky in life,” Mr. Pechar said. “We know what MS is like, and we know it could be a lot worse. There’s a lot of education and research that can be done. It’s our turn to take care of those who are going to follow us.”

2018 Sweetheart Ball raises $2.4 million for UTSW heart research

“I was honored to have been given the opportunity to help others live a healthier life,” said Lee Ann White, 2018 Sweetheart Ball Chair.



Brain research fueled by $10 million Templeton Foundation gift

“Research is essential to the O’Donnell Brain Institute’s ability to make an impact in the global fight against brain diseases,” said Mr. Templeton. “Mary and I are pleased to help provide the resources that allow UTSW scientists to drive tomorrow’s medicine to groundbreaking discovery.”

Rita ClementsThe Promise of Gene Therapy

“If successful, children and families afflicted with these terrible diseases will no longer be told, ‘There is nothing I can do for you,’" said Dr. Gray, "Instead doctors will be able to say, ‘SURF1 deficiency? OK, here’s what we’re going to do.’”

Rita Clements: Legacy gifts inspire hope to end brain diseases

"As a civic and philanthropic leader, Rita Clements championed progress and prosperity for the citizens of Texas,” said Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., President of UT Southwestern. “Thanks to these generous gifts from her children, Barbara, Bonnie, James, and the Rita Clements Foundation, her work lives on."

Foster commitment boosts technology innovation in brain research

“We believe the brain research going on at UT Southwestern could have an extraordinary global impact. Being able to contribute in a very small way to the success of UT Southwestern and its research is a rewarding experience for Jodi and me,” said Mr. Foster.

Foundation gives $500,000 to study genetics and the circadian clock

“The A.L. Chilton Foundation is thrilled to offer support in the research of drugs and therapies that can regulate the circadian clock to maintain positive brain health and function,” said Patti Bell Brown, a member of the Foundation’s distribution committee.

Aging Mind Foundation awards $700,000 for Alzheimer’s research

“As the population ages, the cost of Alzheimer’s disease will have a negative ripple effect on the elderly population, their families, communities, and our nation as a whole,” said Cara Owens, member of the Aging Mind Foundation Board of Directors.

Grateful families make $250,000 commitment to breast cancer research

“How do you thank someone for saving your daughter’s life? We are thankful to UT Southwestern and for the incredible work of her medical team. We were in such fine hands – such capable, compassionate, brilliant hands. It was with a human touch the entire way," said Dawn Aaron.

Seldin Symposium celebrates internal medicine research

This May, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff were invited to celebrate research conducted by UT Southwestern Internal Medicine trainees and their mentors at the fourth annual Donald W. Seldin Research Symposium.

McGuires create fund for palliative care

“We are honored to have worked with Southwestern Medical Foundation for the past 25 years and for this opportunity to support Dr. Leach. He is a light on the hill for all to see, and we’re thankful for his life of helping others,” Mr. McGuire said.

Grant from The Mary Kay Foundation funds breast cancer research

“We’re honored to present Dr. Cobb with a gift to continue her important work,” said Michael Lunceford, President of The Mary Kay Foundation Board of Directors. "We look forward to closely following Dr. Cobb’s groundbreaking research regarding the WNK1 gene.”

Foundation gives $100,000 to further depression research

"As we began sharing our story with others, we discovered that most of the people we spoke with had a personal story about depression and suicide," said Ellen Harris. "Because of the stigma surrounding suicide, it's a subject that's very seldom discussed."

Hyundai Hope On Wheels donates to pediatric cancer research

“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” said Scott Fink, Board Chair of Hyundai Hope On Wheels. “Our goal is to provide these doctors with the grant funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”

Perot Foundation $25 million gift accelerates brain science

“Our family supports UT Southwestern because we strongly believe in its mission to give every person a chance to live a healthy, productive life,” said Margot Perot.

Harry S. MossMoss Heart Trust continues four decades of giving

"We are proud of the advances that have been realized through the Trust’s funding of UT Southwestern and the Harry S. Moss Heart Center,” said Debra Phares, Philanthropic Client Director for U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management, on behalf of the Harry S. Moss Trust, Bank of America NA.

Leukemia Texas awards $100,000 for AML cancer research

“If successful, this research may lead to highly impactful findings that facilitate the development of curative treatments for leukemia. The high-risk/high-impact nature of this research makes it difficult to secure sustainable support from national funders. Thus, the gift from Leukemia Texas is crucial in furthering this work,” said Dr. Xu.

Dr. Ozora "Ozzie" YoungAlumna inspires gift for family medicine

“This gift in Ozzie’s honor is especially meaningful because I know how hard she worked for her patients, for her practice, and for the field of family medicine,” said Irene Moore whose recent gift to UTSW celebrates the life of her dear friend Dr. Ozora Young.

Diana and Todd MaclinMaclins establish Distinguished Chair in Addiction Psychiatry

“I grew up knowing a lot about addiction from experiences in my own family,” said Mr. Maclin. “I believe that by seeking understanding of the root cause and brain science behind addiction, the talent at UT Southwestern will develop an approach to treatment that’s more personalized and has a better success rate.”

Jane Smith and Nick BohacSmiths' support of clinical trial inspires hope for amputees 

“I know this research will never be able to help me during my lifetime, but it will help future generations,” said Jane Smith, who along with her husband Bud, provided funding for the second stage of a clinical trial focused on better understanding how the remaining nerves within an injured limb can be used to improve the function of prosthetic devices.

Gift supports scholarship fund for African American medical students

Established by Dr. John C. Vanatta, the Vanatta Scholarship Fund for African American Medical Students is a tribute to the importance that the Vanatta family placed on education. “He saw it as way to a better life for an individual and a way to lift up the entire community,” said Dr. Paul Vanatta of his father.

UT Southwestern Circle of Friends awards research grants

“The Friends are excited to learn about the latest medical breakthroughs from leading experts in research and patient care,” said John Levy, Friends Co-Chair. “We are thrilled to be exposed to so many different focus areas throughout UTSW and are pleased with the level of engagement opportunities during the year.”

Donors establish professorship in molecular medicine for O’Donnell Brain Institute

“All medicine has a molecular basis, and this allows us to emphasize the potential relationship,” said Dr. Sanders. “UT Southwestern has been particularly successful in using biotechnology as a research tool, and the Nobel Laureates have been remarkably successful using that technology.”

Marjorie and Charles QuarnstromQuarnstrom gift fuels cancer discovery

“She knew many people who suffered from cancer. We were very impressed to learn about the different medical research projects going on at UT Southwestern," said Faye Bagby, Marjorie Quarnstrom’s trusted financial adviser and good friend. "Marjorie joined The Heritage Society and put UT Southwestern in her will, grateful that she had the means to help others and save lives.”

Lupe Murchison Foundation gives to brain research

“Lupe wanted to support research to prevent illnesses or extend lifetimes, and she was passionate about helping others," said Jerry V. Smith, Managing Trustee of the Lupe Murchison Foundation.

Fred and Lisa White create legacy gift for Medical Center

“UT Southwestern is filled with exceptionally talented people,” Mr. White said. “From the world-renowned physicians to the client support staff, they all treat us like family.”

Nishant Cancer Foundation propels research for rare pediatric cancer

“Nishant was a very giving person and wanted to do so much for others,” said his younger brother, Nikit. “Throughout his cancer journey, he never gave up. He would fight through the pain of chemotherapy, radiation, and physical therapy...I don’t think cancer changed him; it just brought out his strengths and showed what kind of person he was.”

Couple makes $2 million gift for brain-related translational research

“The world of medicine is evolving so fast that this is an ideal time to be able to help and participate as long as you get involved in an institution that you have a great deal of trust in and is really at a first-rate level,” Ms. Pfau said. “We have every bit of that confidence in UT Southwestern and hope that others will too.”

Endowment in memory of former Keller Police Captain furthers pancreatic cancer research

“UT Southwestern was where people supported and cared for Brenda,” Ms. Picus said. “In 2015, genetic testing indicated that she had a rare disorder, Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), which ran in her family and increased her risk of developing several types of cancer.”

Kids Shouldn't Have Cancer, Jacky and JonnyMcLaughlin gift strengthens field of pediatric neurology

Grant began suffering from seizures just two months after birth.  “I describe Grant’s condition as his brain was a television without reception, full of constant static,” said Mrs. McLaughlin, Grant's mother. “He suffered from hundreds of seizures a day.”

RMCKleberg Foundation furthers brain cancer research

Mrs. Helen K. Groves, Past President of the Kleberg Foundation, said, “Having lost my mother, Helen Campbell Kleberg, to ‘incurable’ brain cancer, my father, my children, and our extended family have always hoped to see cancer eradicated during our lifetimes. Efforts toward that are high on our list of priorities for research.”

O'Donnell Brain Institute receives $1 million Besing gift

“UT Southwestern is a world-renowned academic medical center and research facility right here in Dallas, and its leaders do everything to excel at whatever they undertake,” Mr. Besing said. “Dallas has a great history of philanthropy, and we’re happy to play our small role.”

RMCWiessman gift to UTSW expands partnership with Israeli medical center

“I believe that the advantages of this program are only just beginning to be realized,” said Mr. Wiessman. “This project is a tremendous instrument for the benefit of both institutions as well as for patients in their respective countries and around the world.”

Booziotis bequest benefits UT Southwestern patient relations

“My parents were very good at investing time and energy to organize fundraising while also bringing people together to make significant differences in the community,” said Betsy Booziotis Younger of her parents' bequest establishing the Jean and Bill Booziotis Endowment for Patient Relations.

Hart thumbHart $2.5 million gift fuels brain research through clinical trials

“Memory disorders are a major issue that we have to deal with as a nation,” Ms. Hart said. “Our hope is that scientists will develop treatments to delay the onset or slow the progression of these disorders and improve life for millions of Americans."

Gift for exoskeleton technology enables those paralyzed to walk again

"The exoskeleton can help patients move their legs and reach a higher quality of life than previously imagined. This improved technology is quite exciting to us,” said Ms. Brown. 

Kids Shouldn't Have Cancer, Jacky and JonnyKids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation aids pediatric cancer research

In December 2014, 7-year-old Jonny was looking forward to Christmas with his twin brother, Jacky, and his parents, Jon and Kimberly. He began suffering from headaches and in the span of eight days, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common type of pediatric malignant brain tumor.

Kivowitz Charitable Foundation supports formation of Prostate Cancer Center

“The generosity of people like Don and Stacey will propel the success of the new Prostate Cancer Center and will accelerate progress toward better treatment options and outcomes", said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.

Kathryn Amsler Priddy estate bolsters scholarships, cancer research

Dr. Eugene Frenkel has played a very important role in the Priddy family's life story. The family hopes their mother’s recent estate gift to support Dr. Frenkel’s research will lead to new discoveries to prevent and treat cancer.

O’Donnell Brain Institute receives $2 million commitment from the Millers

“David and Carolyn’s advocacy and support are driving positive change across our community,” said Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation. 

$2.1 million fund for bipolar disorder research inspires hope for families

“Sarah and I hope that the Hawn Foundation gift is able to help the many people with bipolar disorder who suffer in silence,” said Mr. Hawn, President of the Hawn Foundation. “We want them to realize that they are not alone. This Fund represents our hope that someday they will be able to live in peace.”

Ruth AltshulerRuth Altshuler: Changing the world one person at a time

“She will always be a beautiful inspiration and a reminder of the power of good one person can build through diligent work, strength, and conviction,” said Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Dedman gift establishes Distinguished Chair in Neurologic Disease

“At almost 90 years young, my mother continues my parents’ legacy of caring for others,” said Mr. Robert Dedman, Jr. "In essence, our family has lived the American dream. We believe part of the American dream is the responsibility of helping others.”

Dr. Charles Pak and the making of a legacy

Dr. Charles Pak, a world-renowned leader in mineral metabolism research, has made an indelible impact at UT Southwestern Medical Center as a trailblazer in the development of the improved management of kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Alumnus Dr. Jules Hirsch leaves bequest to UT Southwestern

“My uncle always had great compassion for others and was very people-oriented,” said Mr. Silber, Dr. Hirsch’s nephew. “His greatest impact was focusing his medical research on real people with real medical problems, and treating diseases as they affected patients.”

Mosle charitable gift annuity furthers O’Donnell Brain Institute mission

“My parents always believed in supporting the innovation and quality care for which UT Southwestern is so well-known,” said Jon Mosle III, Mrs. Mosle’s son. “Their advocacy for this Institution has been deeply personal, and I know my mother is honored to offer this gift in support of the next great frontier of medicine.”

Ethan TkalecSimmons Sisters Fund supports research benefiting obstetric health care

“Improving the health care of all pregnant women and their newborns is a mission we wholeheartedly support," said Lisa Simmons. The data collected through UTSW’s partnership with Parkland Hospital is extremely valuable and will continue to have a significant impact on a large portion of our population.”

Ethan TkalecTkalec Family’s $35,000 gift supports GAN gene therapy research

When Ethan was nearly 2 ½ years old, the Tkalecs became concerned after noticing an awkwardness to his agility. He’d often trip over small things and fall to the ground, and he crawled up stairs on his hands and knees. He was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN), a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder that causes nerves to die and muscles to stop working.

triumphoveralzheimers.orgIt’s Their Time awards $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research

“Alzheimer’s disease is going to remain our public health crisis this decade. Alzheimer’s does not discriminate. It strikes all. The disease is becoming more rampant and widespread, affecting and destroying the lives of millions of individuals and their caretakers,” It's Their Time founder Leslie Ann Crozier said.

Crowley Foundation continues support of several research programs

Crowley support helps make it possible for researchers at UT Southwestern to continue to pursue and achieve breakthrough scientific discoveries across a wide range of unmet medical needs that contribute to the development of innovative, lifesaving patient care worldwide.

Calvert legacy gift supports pancreatic cancer programs

“Paula and I support pancreatic cancer research to spare others from this terrible disease,” said Ray Calvert. “Patients and their families need all the support and information that is available, and I hope our gift will provide them with opportunities to learn about the disease and help them cope.”

Glut1 Deficiency Foundation supports ongoing research at UT Southwestern

The average age of diagnosis for Glut1 Deficiency Syndrome is between five and six years of age. Some signs and symptoms – including seizures, movement disorders, speech and language disorders, and developmental delays – may vary considerably from one patient to another, change, and evolve over time.

Hamon Charitable Foundation $10M gift fuels Alzheimer’s research

Trustees of the Hamon Charitable Foundation honor president Jack Roach by establishing an endowment to support the new Laura and Jack Roach Center for Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alumnus leaves personal legacy through student scholarship fund

Dr. Bernard Chaiken, a proud Southwestern Medical College alumnus (Class of 1949), creates a fund to support scholarships for students enrolled at UT Southwestern.

The Hartwell Foundation honors two UT Southwestern scientists

Since it was established in 1996, The Hartwell Foundation has been ensuring a brighter tomorrow for present and future generations of children. The Foundation’s primary mission is to fund early stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that aims to benefit children in the U.S.


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