Individuals and Organizations Making The Ohio State University Medical Center Great Through Philanthropy
Brittany and Terry Quinn with Brutus Buckeye
Quinn Gift Focuses on Two Physicians
Terry Quinn of Powell, Ohio, who has been battling prostate cancer since July 2008, has designated half of an approximately $600,000 gift to Ohio State to support the oncology research of Steven Clinton, MD, PhD. The other half will support the research and training initiatives of neurosurgeon Ehud Mendel, MD, who successfully performed a risky surgery on Quinn’s daughter, Brittany, several years ago, when she broke vertebrae in her neck.
Quinn’s prostate cancer has spread to other parts of his body. “I keep throwing curves at Dr. Clinton, and he keeps trying to figure out ways to keep me alive,” says Quinn, who has undergone two regimens of chemotherapy, participated in a clinical trial and received second-line hormone therapy along with some innovative radiation treatments.
Quinn hopes that his gift will be a tangible representation of his gratitude to the Medical Center for what two doctors have done for his family and that by supporting the work of these doctors, more people will benefit in the future.*
Colon Cancer Research Fund Created
in Memory of His Son
The Mark Maselli Medical Research Fund was started by Steve Maselli in honor of his son, who died from colon cancer at age 42. Steve had a close relationship with his son and wanted to do something to help increase research so that other young men diagnosed with colon cancer would have a better prognosis.
Steve was a barber in Grandview Heights, Ohio, for 55 years. He lived a simple life, never learning to drive, and was passionate about life and helping others, according to Steve’s daughter-in-law and Mark’s wife, Beverly. She provided care, transportation, home maintenance and friendship for Steve during the years before his death.
Steve faithfully gave to The James for many years prior to his passing in 2007. This recent distribution brings his donations to The James to more than $65,000.
Carol Sallach Creates Fund in Memory of Brother
Carol Sallach’s brother, Fred Canter, was only 23 years old when their parents died, leaving him with three younger sisters to care for, the youngest of which was 8 at the time. After raising his younger sisters, Fred moved to New Hampshire, never married and dedicated himself to a career in computer software. He and three collaborators were awarded a U.S. patent for their work. He moved back to Columbus after his retirement to be closer to his siblings.
Fred successfully battled prostate cancer shortly after moving back to Columbus, only to be diagnosed with brain cancer a short time later. All three siblings took care of Fred until his death. Fred spent the final months of his life in hospice, and Carol decided to make a planned gift to Home Reach Hospice and The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in memory of her brother. Fred loved mechanical things, computers, cars and the Buckeyes, says Carol. She hopes that her gift to create The Frederick Charles Canter Memorial Endowment Fund for Cancer Research will advance brain cancer research at The James and help others facing the disease.
The dance troupe in the photo on page 26 of the Spring 2009 issue of Discovery was incorrectly identified. It is the dance company of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
* Editor’s Note: Terry Quinn lost his courageous battle with
cancer on June 6, 2009. He will be missed by all whose lives
This section was written by Mary Connolly.