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Why We Choose to Contribute to The Heart of a Champion Fund at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center

Michigan Medicine is extremely grateful for the continued support from Randolph Pepper and Laurie Toomajanian, who have been giving to the Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion (HOC) research fund for the past seven years.

The fund was established by legendary U-M football coach Bo Schembechler, with a vision of creating ongoing means for investing in research that pushes the boundaries of current thought in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Below is a first-hand account of why they chose to give to Michigan Medicine, and specifically, the HOC fund at the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center.


"Around six or seven years ago, we had the good fortune to become acquainted with Dr. Kim Eagle first-hand when he accepted our mom as a patient. While her first appointment at the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center was still in progress, I received a phone call from Laurie Jayne to say that the level of care demonstrated by every individual there was 'like night and day' compared to the previous medical care she had been receiving, indicating the superiority of the CVC. Dr. Eagle represents the model of what a physician should be in his demeanor, disposition, care, attentiveness, and knowledge.

Only later did we become aware of the relationship Dr. Eagle had as the cardiologist for Bo Schembechler. As alumni of U-M who attended when Bo was coach, we were aware of the high standards Bo held for himself and his players, and how they impacted the lives of those players and the many individuals he came into contact with throughout his life.

We became aware of the outstanding research being done the by exceptional, brilliant researchers at the CVC, and of the Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion fund in particular, founded by Dr. Eagle, that compelled us to want to encourage and promote that research and training in whatever way we could.

We truly cannot think of a better beneficiary for philanthropy than the Heart of a Champion Fund at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center."

-Randolph Pepper & Laurie Jayne Toomajanian