The Power of Endowment

The Power of Endowment


Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for greater than 40,000 kids and families who face this disease each year. Retired Caterpillar Chairman, Jim Owens and his wife Katie, donated $1M to create a research endowment to battle cancer. The OSF Professorship in Pediatric Oncology will lead truly transformative pediatric research to develop landmark advances for children who face cancer. The professorship is a collaborative effort between the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria, the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The generosity of the Owens ensures the Peoria area remains at the forefront of cutting-edge treatments.

OSF Professorship in Pediatric Oncology Named

Dr. D'SouzaDr. Amber M. D’Souza, a specialist in children’s cancer, has been selected for the Jim and Katie Owens – OSF Professorship in Pediatric Oncology. Dr. D’ Souza will conduct research to increase the understanding of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Dr. D’Souza is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She came to Peoria after completing her fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

To make a difference in our community, just like Jim and Katie Owens, donate today. Your donation today, when added together with others from our community, can make a big difference for the study of pediatric cancer. Donate today to help increase pediatric cancer research for kids in our community and beyond.

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