$7.6 Million Veterinary Medical School Cancer Research Gift Made in Cat’s Name

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Maxine Adler remembered the kindness and care her cat Du Bee received at the UC Davis hospital several years ago and left the money to the school in return. Du Bee died from her cancer, but Ms. Adler hopes the bequest will spur advances and help other pets in the future.

The photo at top shows a UC Davis staffer holding a commemorative framed photo of DuBee, which reads in part:

The Du Bee cancer research awards of the Center for Companion Animal Health are established in memory of Du Bee’s loving personality and gentle spirit.

Ms. Adler brought Du Bee to the hospital of the UC Davie Veterinary Medical School in 1995 and never forgot the kindness and quality of care she received there, even though DuBee died. The wealthy woman moved from CA to Boca Raton FL, where she was active in a local feral TNR group, and maintained her own cats, so her concern for and dedication to felines was an important and ongoing part of her life. The fit and active Ms. Adler was was killed before her time, at age 70, by a hit and run driver in Boca Raton in 2009.

The endowment will be used to attract leading researchers who specialize in cancer research, and any discoveries they make will be required to have Du Bee’s name attached. An annual Du Bee Award will go to researchers who make advances in cancer treatment for pets.

According to the school’s report on gifts made in the 2009-2010 fiscal year:

A bequest from Maxine B. Adler to the School of Veterinary Medicine for endowments for the following purposes: the creation of two endowed chairs, one in oncology and the other in genetics; graduate student fellowships; cancer research; and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Adler was a longtime friend of the university’s whose cat was treated for cancer at the UC Davis William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. More than $7.6 million was given to UC Davis through Adler’s estate; $3.2 million of those contributions were distributed to UC Davis during the last fiscal year.

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