Impact Stories

Every gift has a story. There are many ways that our donors, employees, physicians, volunteers and other Henry Ford Health System stakeholders make a profound and meaningful difference in the lives of the patients we serve. Read about the incredible impact our supporters are having on our communities, research, education—and our world, through contributions of time and financial resources.

Bolstering the Battle Against COVID-19

Lisa Vallee-Smith and her husband were inspired to support patients and frontline caregivers as they fight COVID-19.

Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation Honors Essential Workers with a Full Day of Meals

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation supported Henry Ford Hospital’s unsung essential workers during COVID-19 with meal boxes for a day.

A Bit of Luck and a Push in the Right Direction Saves Patient’s Life

Gordon St. John is a long time patient of Henry Ford Health System. He pays it forward by giving to a variety of initiatives across the heath system.

D & B Landscaping Beautifies Henry Ford—And Our Communities

Dan Bywalec and his company D & B Landscaping have a long history of working with—and giving back to—Henry Ford Health System.

Long-time Volunteer Surprises Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals with Large Estate Gift

Aida Mattei was a long-time Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals volunteer passed away in 2017, but left the health system an incredibly generous gift through her estate.

Saving Grace: Young Philanthropist Honors Family Friend, Helps Cancer Patients

Grace Curtis, a 12-year-old student at Brownell Middle School in Grosse Pointe, is on a mission to help Henry Ford Health System patients who struggle with a cancer diagnosis.

U CAN-CER VIVE Foundation Supports Groundbreaking Cancer Research

The U CAN-CER VIVE Foundation, supported by the LaFontaine family, funds cancer research at Henry Ford Health System.

Former Cancer Patient Joins Forces with Fellow Survivors to Build Game On Cancer Team

Lori Vest was grateful for Henry Ford Health System and Game On Cancer. Today she’s formed Team Tougher Together for fellow survivors to give back.

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Ann and Sy Shaver Give Back for a Life Saved Twice

Ann Shaver credits physicians at Henry Ford’s Hermelin Brain Tumor Center with saving her life twice, and now she is giving back to say thank you.

Terry Book is Helping to Advance Epilepsy Research of the Future

Gratitude lead Terry Book to give back to fund the next generation of epilepsy research by Henry Ford’s Dr. Gregory Barkley.

Cardillo Family Turns Two Tragedies Into Gratitude

Dominic and Lisa Cardillo have experienced more than their share of medical issues. Instead of dwelling, they are giving back to patients in need at Henry Ford Health System.

Linda Hayman’s Support for Parkinson’s Research Gets Us Closer to a Cure

After Linda Hayman’s husband of 33 years passed away from Parkinson’s Disease, she set up a bequest at Henry Ford Health System to search for a cure.

Cancer Survivor Gives Back Through Game On Cancer

Tracey Turnquist turned her gratitude for surviving cancer into a way to raise money for other cancer patients through fundraising with Game On Cancer.

Patient Receives Life-Changing Acupuncture Thanks to Henry Ford Game On Cancer

Game On Cancer supports life-changing acupuncture sessions for patients like Michelle Magee.

Rodziks Ensure Leading-Edge Treatments For Dermatology Patients

Don Rodzik, a patient in Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Dermatology, was so grateful for his life-changing care that he and his wife have given a gift to ensure that more patients like him have access to these treatments.

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