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Dan`s Fund Created at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to support Brain Cancer Research

Posted on: 03/22/2008


Dan's Fund Created at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to support Brain Cancer Research

6:00 AM March 10, 2008 - COLUMBUS, OHIO - The family of the late Daniel J. Zwayer and The Ohio State University are pleased to announce the addition of Dan's Fund, an endowment to raise funds for brain cancer research and to increase public awareness to one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

On April 4th from 5:00 ­ 7:30 PM, the first annual spring  fund raising event benefiting Dan's Fund will feature OSU President, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, a silent auction, and will be held at the Jack Nicklaus Museum located at 2355 Olentangy River Rd. Please go to to download a registration form through which you can attend this event and / or make a donation.

Dr. E. Antonio Chiocca, who is leading the brain cancer research team at OSU and is chair of the neurological surgery department at Ohio State University Medical Center, holder of the Dardinger Family Endowed Chair in Oncological Neurosurgery and co-director of the Esther
Dardinger Nero-Oncology Center, said:

We are truly excited about the formation of Dan's Fund which will bring increased awareness and much needed funding so that our team can continue to conduct cutting edge research which could lead to new breakthroughs in the treatments and the understanding of this disease that affects tens of thousands of Americans each and every year. Dan was a fighter who never gave up hope and his legacy will continue to live on through Dan's Fund and will also provide hope to those who are currently battling this insidious disease. We are grateful to the Zwayer family for all their efforts to make Dans Fund a reality and we hope that the public at large will embrace Dan's spir  ¬3AÿÿÿÿlZb it of sharing hope through research and generosity. Together, we can and will make a difference and you can be assured that each and every penny raised through Dan's Fund will be put to tremendously beneficial use by our research team here at OSU.


Daniel J. Zwayer was a highly successful, well-rounded man who enjoyed his many roles in life:  loving husband, nurturing father, happy grandparent, reliable brother and son, loyal
sports fanatic, respected businessman, and to most everyone who enjoyed his company, a trusted friend.

Dan's life came to an end on November 8, 2006, after a very stubborn and courageous four-year-battle against Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most deadly among many categories of brain tumors.

Dan was not unlike many of us in that he simply didn't think that cancer would or could happen to him.  Many of his family and friends were deeply inspired by both his courage and tenacity throughout the unforeseen challenges of his disease.  He endured four brain surgeries and was a participant in multiple clinical trials trials that Dan himself stronglly believed would help others if they didn't benefit him in the short term.

Dan's commitment to beat cancer was truly an inspiration to all who knew him. He had such a
positive impact on the lives of his family and friends in his 55 years of life, that his legacy
lives on in the name of charity ­ charity to commit funds specifically to battle brain tumors, tthrough a wonderful endowment in conjunction with Ohio State's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The Daniel J. Zwayer Brain Cancer Research Fund was officially founded in 2007 and was recently added to the website of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center ­ James Cancer Hospital and Solove Researchh Institute. For more information, please visit:

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