February 3, 2005
Vol. 24 No. 9

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    Entrepreneur Comer gives children very special get-well gift

    The University Hospitals dedicated the new Comer Children’s Hospital Monday, Jan. 31, with the facility’s benefactors, Frances and Gary Comer (above at center and right). The ceremony was attended by President Randel (above left).

    Also attending were U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (above, seated at right), Michael Riordan, President and CEO of the Hospitals and Health Systems at the University (below, at left), and cancer survivor Jimmy Mohan, who shared the podium with other speakers, including Randel and Obama. Comer, the founder of the Lands’ End clothing company, noted that Mohan and other children like him are the very reason Comer and his wife made a gift of over $40 million for the building of the hospital and its pediatric emergency room. The pediatric emergency room is set to open in late summer of 2006. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of 4, Mohan was treated at the University’s Children’s Hospital. After a yearlong battle involving chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, he now is a healthy, cancer-free 8-year-old.