Angie’s Institute Pays Tribute to Incredible Spirit

The Fowlers

Char and Chuck Fowler with their daughters and sons-in-law Holley and Rob Martens (left) and Chann and Ed Spellman (right), along with the Fowlers’ four grandchildren.

Angie Fowler was a vivacious teenager who waged a courageous six-month battle with melanoma. She passed away in 1984, just before her 15th birthday. In July, Angie’s family joined about 300 friends of University Hospitals to celebrate the opening of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. The institute is specially designed to help adolescents and young adults fight cancer in an age-appropriate space apart from younger patients. 

Guests toured the new rooftop garden and the eighth-floor outpatient treatment facility, located in the Leonard and Joan Horvitz Tower. The renovated facility is among the first in the country to provide separate age-appropriate space and amenities for adolescents and young adults. Special eighth-floor design features include an interactive wall, private spaces (pods) with laptop access and teen lounge area. The rooftop garden provides a peaceful getaway for patients and their families. The seventh floor, now under design, will have an expanded inpatient unit.

Char and Chuck Fowler

Char and Chuck Fowler (center) with their daughters Holley Martens (left) and Chann Spellman (right) at the July opening.

Angie’s Institute provides access to the latest research and clinical trials to prevent, diagnose, treat and ultimately cure cancer. It features personalized, comprehensive programming for adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients, including survivorship and other supportive services.

Angie Fowler Institute Rooftop Garden

Patients and their families will enjoy the tranquility of the new rooftop garden.

Angie’s Institute was established in 2011 with a generous $17 million gift from Angie’s parents, Char and Chuck Fowler, and family, Chann Fowler-Spellman and Ed Spellman and Holley Fowler Martens and Rob Martens. The gift also established the nation’s first AYA endowed chair, held by Yousif “Joe” Matloub, MD.

The Fowler family recently increased their commitment with the announcement of a $6.7 million gift to fund research and innovation in AYA cancer at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Their gift inspired a $5 million anonymous gift from a local family to benefit the seventh-floor inpatient unit.

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