Dear Friends of the Digestive Health Foundation,

First and foremost, we hope you and your families are safe and well during this challenging time. In an abundance of caution regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Digestive Health Foundation Gala scheduled for May 30, 2020 has been cancelled.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing commitment to transforming digestive diseases into digestive health by funding vital research, innovative care, and education at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (NMDHC). We could not do this without your support!

Please be assured that the research continues. We are delighted to report that this week our annual grant-making program announced the funding of an unprecedented 13 new research initiatives bringing our total to 53 funded grants in just five years.

In addition, we continue to support the Stephen B. Hanauer Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Advanced Physician Fellowship; the Deborah and Martin Elrad Fund for Hereditary Digestive Diseases; Steven J. Stryker; M.D. Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery, Education, and Research Endowment, and the DHF BioRepository. Further, we are currently exploring a sizeable collaborative grant in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mathematics in Gastroenterology.

On behalf of our Foundation board members, Gala committee members, staff, and physician leadership, we are profoundly grateful for your support during this critical time. We secured Saturday, June 5, 2021 as the date for next year’s Digestive Health Foundation Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. We very much look forward to being together in better times and continuing our mission to raise funds to support critical digestive health research.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Abbey Jennings at or 312.926.0199 with any questions or concerns.

All of us at the Digestive Health Foundation deeply appreciate your commitment to our mission.

Stay healthy and safe,

Lee Gould, President

Mills Family Charitable Foundation/Medline

The 1111 Foundation

AbbVie, Inc.
Duffey Family Foundation
Andi and Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds
Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Kovler Family Foundation
Nancy and Ben Randall
Nives and Joe Rizza
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Becky and Michael Elrad
Meryl and Joey Levin
The Malkin Family
Pritzker Foundation
Diane Saltoun and Bruce Braun/Sidley Austin LLP

Stephanie and Michael Baum
Sally Garon and Michael Goldman
Cathy Bialy and Lee Gould
Sharon and Lee Oberlander
Linda and Richard Price
Kim and Tim Rooney
Cindy and Dave Rosenbloom
Janet and Michael Ruchim
Jamie and David Schwartz

Sharon and Joel Chefitz
Mary and Norm Geller
GEM Realty Capital
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jaffee Family Foundation
Sally and Ken Jones
Marsha and Steven Levin
Rachel and Jimmy Levin
Jill and Paul Meister
Leslie and Doug Monieson
Premier Point Ambulatory Infusion Clinic
Salix Pharmaceuticals
Lynne Levey and David Schreibman
The Family of Valerie and Lee Shapiro
White & Case LLP

Associated Insurance and Risk Management Advisors 
BMO Harris
Schuyler and Jon Levin
Michele and Rich Moras
Northwestern Medicine Gastroenterology, North Region Lake Forest and Grayslake
Northwestern Memorial Foundation
Heather and Jay Schreibman

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