Angie Fowler

The Fowler Family Legacy of Hope

Artistic and athletic, Angie Fowler was an upbeat cheerleader with dreams of being an oceanographer when a pain in her arm led to a heartbreaking diagnosis. Following a heroic battle with melanoma, Angie died at the age of 14. Throughout her experience, Angie was a source of great strength and brightness for her family and other patients. It is that spirit that her family continues to honor today.

In tribute to their daughter, Char and Chuck Fowler have become champions for the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community. Together with their daughters, Chann Fowler-Spellman and Holley Fowler Martens, and their sons-in-law, Ed Spellman and Rob Martens, the Fowler family generously funded the country’s first endowed chair for AYA cancer in 2007. Hoping to better AYA cancer outcomes, the family then made a transformational contribution to UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in 2011, giving $17 million to establish the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute.

Announced on what would have been Angie's 43rd birthday, Angie's Institute is the country's first comprehensive cancer program designed to particularly meet the unique needs of AYA patients, as well as the care of all pediatric cancer patients.