The 2nd Annual Champions for Change Gala presented by The MDen and Shinola of Detroit raised more than $1.2 million, granting half of net proceeds to Michigan Medicine. The event, co-chaired by Chrislan and Warde Manual, featured an endearing roast of Chad’s papa, Coach Lloyd Carr, and the awarding of the 2018 ChadTough Spirit Award to Dr. Carl Koschmann, a pediatric oncologist and researcher at Michigan Medicine.
A big announcement was also made during the event by Dr. Valerie Opipari, M.D., a pediatric oncologist and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. With the overall raising of $30M in gifts, the Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at the University of Michigan will be established at the University of Michigan.
“We are so excited that tonight it was announced that the pediatric brain tumor initiative at Michigan will now be turned into a center and it’s going to be named after Chad,” said Tammi Carr.
“It means so much that all the clinical care, all the research that happens around brain tumors in the State of Michigan at the University, that Chad’s name and his legacy is going to be involved in it.”
In addition to honoring Chad, a number of other DIPG fighters were recognized at the event. Morgan Behen, Julian Boivin, Emma Buron, Colt DelVerne, Payton Dennis, Medjerda (Chika) Jeune, Emma Marques, Buddy Miller, and Tommy Ruddy were featured with banners while many other DIPG fighters were a part of a collage.
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