The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute announced that it received a $250,000 multi-year grant from the J.P. McCarthy Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to benefit its J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank. The grant, which will be given in $50,000 increments over five years, will help enhance the collection area and expand the capacity to help people in need of cord stem cell transplants - non-embryonic stem cells that are extracted from the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a child.
The J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank at the Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of two public cord blood banks in Michigan and the only center in the state with the National Marrow Donor program registry designation that requires compliance with the highest standards in cord blood banking.
"When my husband was diagnosed with Myelodyoplastic Syndrome (MDS) in 1995, the disease that took his life, there was a very limited bone marrow donor base and limited resources to help MDS patients and their families," said Judy McCarthy.
"The J.P. McCarthy Fund is committed to help educate the public and improve research to the cause and treatment of MDS, as well as expand the bone marrow and stem cell donor base. We commend the Karmanos Cancer Institute for its quality work in banking cord blood," added McCarthy... J.P. McCarthy Fund Grants $250,000 to Karmanos Cancer Institute (Wed, 7/30)
In the Hatfields-and-McCoys world of Detroit television, mom just switched families. Marla Drutz, who spent nearly 20 years with WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and its parent company, has been named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Channel 4). Drutz was most recently the programming and special projects director for Channel 7 and four other E.W. Scripps Co. stations. She had been program director for WXYZ since 1994. "Isn't this just the craziest thing?" she asked Tuesday night. "A couple of times today, I've stopped and thought, 'It's just a really great dream.' I don't even know how to describe how elated I am"... New VP at WDIV is fresh from WXYZ (Wed, 7/30)
Detroit Free Press:
In a move that shook up the local TV scene, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) programmer Marla Drutz has been named vice president and general manager of archrival WDIV Local 4. In almost two decades at Scripps-Howard-owned Channel 7, Drutz was credited with building a solid daytime syndicated lineup. Channel 7 featured Martha Stewart and "Live with Regis and ..." plus ABC's "The View" and, in the evening, "Entertainment Tonight." The station also spearheaded large-scale local coverage of major events. Ironically, rights to cover the annual Thanksgiving parade and the North American International Auto Show were obtained by Channel 4 in bidding wars and are now Drutz's again at WDIV... Channel 4 steals rival programmer Marla Drutz (Wed, 7/30)