Posted: Jan. 31, 2014, 2:20 p.m. EST
A record-setting $10 million donation from the family that founded Carnation Milk Products Co. will allow Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center to step up its cutting-edge research and fully fund two endowed academic chairs.
The university announced the gift Wednesday from the Hadley and Marion Stuart Foundation, which is led by siblings Nan and Brett Stuart of Longmont, Colo. Counting the latest donation—the largest in the cancer center’s history—the Stuart family has given $22 million since 1983 in support of the facility’s research into and clinical treatment of naturally occurring canine cancers.
E. Hadley Stuart received an honorary degree from Colorado State in 2007 in recognition of his support of Flint Animal Cancer Center. He died in 2009.
"This new gift reflects Hadley Stuart’s legacy and the close 30-year relationship we have so greatly appreciated between the Stuart family and the CSU veterinary cancer program,” said Rodney Page, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, the cancer center’s director. "This gift will truly sustain our work, and we cannot sufficiently express our gratitude to the Stuart family.”
The deep ties took root in 1983, when Nan and Brett Stuart’s father, E. Hadley Stuart, brought a golden retriever to CSU for cancer
care. The latest donation, Nan Stewart said, grew out of a motivation to continue her father’s interest in veterinary training, cancer treatment and research at Flint Animal Cancer Center.
Like her father, Nan Stewart has brought in dogs for treatment. One of her golden retrievers, Keester, suffers from brachial neurofibrosarcoma, a malignant nerve sheath tumor off the spinal cord. A CSU team developed a new radiation protocol and rehabilitation plan that reduces pain for the 8-year-old dog, the university reported.
The Stuart family has had three other dogs treated for hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive tumor of the blood vessels, Nan Stuart said.
Cancer is a leading cause of death in both dogs and people, CSU
"This level of support sets the cancer center on a sustainable path as a leading innovator in translational cancer research and patient care,” Dr. Page said. "It creates possibilities for pursuing exciting opportunities in cancer care and cancer research in perpetuity.”
Part of the $10 million will go toward endowments for the Stephen J. Withrow Presidential Chair in Oncology, which is held by Page, and the Stuart Chair in Oncology.
Stephen Withrow, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVIM, is known for his research into osteosarcoma
, a malignant tumor of long bones in dogs. Dr. Withrow, who holds the Stuart Chair in Oncology, developed a limb-sparing surgical technique that today is commonly used at human cancer centers, the university stated.
Carnation Co. was founded in 1899 as a manufacturer of evaporated milk. Nestle S.A. purchased the company in 1985.
Nan and Brett Stuart pose near a bronze sculpture of their father, Hadley Stuart, and Steven Withrow, founder of Flint Animal Cancer Center.
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