The association between the ChadTough Foundation and Michigan Medicine grew $30 million stronger Saturday.
The organizations announced gifts totaling $30 million have been committed to establish the Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at the University of Michigan. The announcement was made at the ChadTough Foundation’s 2nd annual Champions for Change Gala at Al Glick Field House. The money was raised from thousands of donors, according to the groups.
“We are grateful for the generous gifts allowing us to honor Chad through transformational research that will help other children defeat this terrible disease. This is a monumental milestone in our mission to conquer pediatric brain cancer,” said Valerie Opipari, M.D., a pediatric oncologist and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
“U-M is positioned to lead the search for cures and committed to pushing the limits of what we know about pediatric brain tumors in order to advance science and revolutionize treatment.”
Chad Carr passed away in 2015 after a 14-month battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain cancer that claims the lives of more than 90 percent of afflicted children within 18 months of diagnosis. He was the grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, who was the subject of a celebrity roast at the Gala. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Carr players Charles Woodson, Jake Long and Braylon Edwards were the speakers at the event telling their tales of Carr.
“We want to see a day when no family will ever have to suffer this kind of heartbreak,” said Tammi Carr, Chad’s mother and co-founder of the ChadTough Foundation with husband, Jason Carr. “We believe that the work happening in Chad’s name at the U-M Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center will change the future for other children. This is Chad’s legacy.”
For more information on U-M’s Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center go to michmed.org/pediatric-brain-