Day 12: Mendota, IL to Davenport, IA

Exciting news for the College of Science!

From out here on the Road to Discovery, I am delighted to announce a very special gift that will have a significant, long-lasting impact on the College of Science, the University of Notre Dame, and the lives of countless people suffering from disease.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude at the generous gift from Mike and Liz Gallagher: three endowed professorships to support adult stem cell research at the University of Notre Dame. These three professorships in the College of Science will be called the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorship in Adult Stem Cell Research.

As you may know, adult stem cell research has the potential to accelerate the discovery of new and successful treatments for diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, spinal cord injuries, and even Niemann-Pick Type C.  At Notre Dame, our research focuses on adult and all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research. With these new endowed professorships, Notre Dame will be in the forefront of discovery through adult stem cell research, aimed at unlocking the mystery of these many diseases and finding the cure.

The impact of this gift is truly beyond measure. It will play a crucial role in attracting three more of the best minds in the field of adult stem cell research to Notre Dame.  Furthermore, this gift will equip our existing talented group of adult stem cell researchers at Notre Dame to take the next great leap toward ultimately forming a premier Center in adult stem cell research.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mike and Liz six weeks ago in Colorado and golfing with them.  I am very touched by the generosity of the Gallaghers.  Their gift, like all gifts to University, makes our work possible – including our research and this cross-country ride – so that we can break through to a treatment or cure for these debilitating diseases. This hope for a cure is what keeps me pedaling every day.  Thank you so much, Mike and Liz, for your inspiring gift and for your love for the University.

Today was also a great day on the road, in spite of a headwind. We picked up an extra rider for the trip – Sara from Development at Notre Dame, who grew up in Davenport. We rode down the wonderful bike trail hugging the Mississippi River on the Illinois side and then crossed into Iowa over the Centennial Bridge.

Davenport is a beautiful city, and the Notre Dame alums gave us a warm welcome tonight. Scott, the club president, organized a great event for us.  The club members all came out to sign the van.  We were also joined by partners from the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, which is sponsoring the ride and working with us on innovative ways to raise more funds for the cause.

What a wonderful evening in Davenport, and what a memorable day thanks to the transformational gift of Mike and Liz!

8 Comments so far

  1.    RIch Taylor on June 2nd, 2012

    What fantastic news! Thank you Mike and Liz Gallagher.

  2.    Karen Crawford Williams on June 2nd, 2012

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Keep up the AWESOME effort and work you do for so many others!

  3.    Les McCarthy on June 2nd, 2012

    Great news Greg…I would love to talk to you some time about adding ALS to the diseases being chased at ND.

  4.    Linda L. Quinn on June 3rd, 2012

    This is terrific Greg!

    It was great to visit with you May 23 in Poughkeepsie. There is some nice coverage of your ride in today’s paper.

    Best of luck to you and your team as you continue your journey across country.
    From all your friends in the Mid Hudson

  5.    Sara Kassen on June 4th, 2012

    Thank you Mike and Liz Gallagher!!!

  6.    David Hyde on June 4th, 2012

    Thank you Mike and Liz Gallagher for your very generous gift that should have a large impact on the research environment at Notre Dame.

  7.    Bill K. on June 4th, 2012

    Thanks Liz and Mike! Fr. Nieuwland, the first dean of the college of science, would be proud.

  8.    Anneke De Bont on June 5th, 2012

    Great job Greg. Very proud of you. Very many people are helped through your enthusiasm and great effort good luck for the rest of your trip. Anneke