The Wayne State University School of Medicine now has $1 million more of the tools it needs for research in the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer thanks to a Clinton Township woman's recent donation.
Cheryl McKee lost her sister, Dorothy Ann McKee, in 2005, after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her donation will create the Dorothy Ann McKee Endowed Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research, Prevention and Treatment, The Macomb Daily reports.
The gift was made possible by a family inheritance.
“I just know that my parents and Doris are looking down and are happy at what I’m doing,” Cheryl McKee told The Macomb Daily. “Doris was a wonderful woman and her life brought joy to everyone she touched.”
Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women and the fifth-leading cause of cancer deaths among American Women. In 2012 alone, the America Cancer Society esimates 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,500 will die from the disease.
As there is no reliable test to detect ovarian cancer early, McKee told The Macomb Daily that she hopes her donation will make this type of innovation in particular possible.