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Taussig Cancer Center Receives $1 Million Donation

The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center has received a $1 million gift from Marion F. “Frank” Rudy and his wife, Margaret Domiter Rudy, to benefit the center’s Scott Hamilton CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Initiative.

The gift from the Rudy family will be used to establish an endowment fund to support research at the Taussig Cancer Center. The money will be used, in part, to establish a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of James Finke, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Immunology at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.

“The Rudy family’s gift is a great investment in the furthering of research at The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center,” said Ronald Bukowski, M.D., interim chairman of the Taussig Cancer Center. “The family’s generosity will help to further our understanding of how malignancies suppress the body’s immune response, preventing it from effectively controlling the growth of cancer cells.”

Mr. Rudy, an engineer and inventor, is the creator of the Nike-Air cushioning system for athletic shoes. He also helped to develop the Saturn and Apollo rocket engines. A native of Cleveland, Mr. Rudy was compelled to make the gift to the Taussig Cancer Center because so many of his friends and family have waged battles against cancer. Mr. Rudy also was inspired to give by the commitment Olympic figure skater and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton has shown to The Cleveland Clinic.

“Margie and I were extremely impressed with Scott and his battle against cancer,” Mr. Rudy said. “We believe that this $1 million endowment to the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative at The Cleveland Clinic is a great way for us to join in the fight against cancer.” It is the Rudys’ hope that their support helps to pave the way to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.

The Rudy family’s gift was announced Sunday, January 25, at a CARES Initiative reception hosted by Scott Hamilton at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. The event, intended to raise awareness for the CARES Initiative, drew some of Scott’s closest celebrity friends. The event featured a special musical performance by four-time GRAMMY Award-nominee, Concord Recording Artist and American Ambassador of Song, Michael Feinstein.

Mr. Rudy was born and raised in the Cleveland area and attended Fairview Park High School, where he has donated $3 million for scholarship programs. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Case Institute of Technology. In 1999, Mr. Rudy donated $2 million to the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering to establish an endowed chair in biomedical engineering.