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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Receives $2 Million Donation
A casual conversation results in a generous gift to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
DETROIT, July 20, 2018 – The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) received a large gift from the estate of Joseph and Marion Schasney following Mr. Schasney’s passing last September at the age of 99. This gift will help improve the lives of children.
Totaling more than $2.1 million, the gift was a result of the Schasneys’ conversation with a friend whose son had died of leukemia 20 years prior.
The Schasneys were so touched by the story that they set up an appointment to tour the Hematology/Oncology department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) and subsequently established a planned gift in their estate.
At the time, Mr. Schasney said, “My wife has undergone chemotherapy and she has to take a lot of medication, but we are in our 80s and are so grateful for our wonderful lives. I play golf three times a week and we have a great family. One of our daughters lives in Michigan and our other daughter lives in Georgia. We also have two healthy grandsons, so why shouldn’t we give back?”
“We are grateful to the Schasneys for their legacy to help children win their fights against cancer and other diseases,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of CHMF. “Their legacy will live on for years to come.”
Joseph and Marion Schasney were retired from an independent gasoline company they operated in Detroit, having moved to Venice, Florida, after retiring.
About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Established in 2003, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is the state’s largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of the children of Michigan. Through funding and advocacy dedicated to three core pillars – Community Benefit, Pediatric Research and Medical Education – the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health. Since 2010 we have provided more than 42 million in grant funding. Our current areas of focus include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention.