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September 05, 2003 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-05

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BY LISA BRODY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIGDET BARRETT

W

en attorney Fred Steinhardt died two and a half years ago of pancreatic can-
cer, his wife Janice knew it was time to help stop the progression of this dis-
ease, so that others could be spared what her husband went through.
Through her grief, she started The Frederick D. Steinhardt Research Fund
for Pancreatic Cancer at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer.
Center. Its first
fundraiser, on Sunday, July 20th, raised more than $17,000, and was a festive evening in her
art-filled home in Birmingham, featuring Latin and Brazilian food, wine and music. More
than 100 people joined Janice in memory of her late husband.
"Some people volunteer with ill people," said Janice. "Raising money and awareness for
pancreatic cancer research is my way."
Judge Edward Sosnick, a longtime friend of Fred's, spoke at the event. "We always
planned on growing old together and celebrating our 100th birthdays together," said
Sosnick nostalgically. Dr. Max Wicha, Director of[-M's Comprehensive Cancer Fund
spoke about the facts of the disease. "Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers.
Only 5% of those diagnosed live 5 years. We have organized a team to do both research and
treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer, which can be hereditary. One area of research
we are doing is in early detection, to develop a blobd test to screen for early signs of the dis-
ease."
Supporting pancreatic cancer research and reminiscing about Fred were Janice's daugh-
ter Katie Fried, who noted that "it's a very special day because so many of his friends are
here." Some other supporters included Barbara and In , Tukel, Rita and Gary Wasserman,
Freddie Harvith, Ken Korotkin, Abe, Sherri and William Singer, Marvin and Lauren
Daitch, Karen and Ryan Rosett, Norm and Susie Pappas, Denise Zuckerman, Wendy and
Jeff Roth, Richard and Judy Kepes, and Marianne and Jerome Pesick, who was Fred's law
partner for 23 years.

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