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$500,000 Pledged for Pediatric Research at MU School of Medicine

New donation increases funding from Leda J. Sears Trust to $1.2 million

A $500,000 donation over eight years by the Leda J. Sears Trust to support research in the Department of Child Health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine will be announced at a reception Tuesday, May 13, in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Conference Center at 404 N. Keene St., Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3.

The reception begins at 9:15 a.m., with remarks by speakers at 9:30 a.m.

Trust representatives will join physicians, researchers and staff to make the new pledge public.

Researchers will discuss current and past projects they have undertaken that were supported by the trust. The new pledge brings the total donation amount to $1.2 million for MU’s Department of Child Health.

Tim Fete, PhD

“We are grateful for the continuing generosity of the Leda J. Sears Trust,” said Timothy Fete, MD, medical director of Children’s Hospital, chair of the Department of Child Health and Children’s Miracle Network Professor in Pediatrics at the MU School of Medicine. “These funds will help us to pursue the best ways to diagnose, treat and prevent pediatric diseases.”

The Leda J. Sears Trust has sponsored MU School of Medicine research into autism, brittle bone disorder, Type 1 diabetes, blood disorders, childhood obesity and maple syrup urine disease. The latest gift will underwrite further research into medical conditions that affect children.

About the Department of Child Health/MU School of Medicine
The MU School of Medicine’s Department of Child Health educates physicians in an environment of innovative research and compassionate care. The department provides patient- and family-centered care at MU Children’s Hospital and its outpatient clinics, as well as outreach clinics across Missouri.

The MU School of Medicine has improved health, education and research in Missouri and beyond for more than 165 years. MU physicians treat patients from every county in the state, and more Missouri physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university.

About the Leda J. Sears Trust
Leda Sears was born in 1893 to a farm family in Chariton County, Missouri. She married Forrest O. Sears in 1913. They lived in Prairie Hill Township, near Wayland, Missouri. Mr. Sears was a cashier for Farmers and Merchants Bank and later opened the Prairie Hill Insurance Agency. The couple eventually located in Mexico, Missouri. Mr. Sears passed away in 1978, and Mrs. Sears passed away in 1990. The Leda J. Sears Trust has provided research grants to MU, the University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis. It has specialized in providing funding for research dedicated to helping children in areas that are often under-funded.

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