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Generous Gift to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital Celebrates Local Woman’s Legacy

6/29/2011 - NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Foundation has received a substantial gift commitment from the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation. The gift will support the naming of the Ellen Marks Ambulatory Care Center at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital. This transformational generosity will advance research initiatives and enhance the patient care experience at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center.

“Ellen left us in Highland Park, so it’s only fitting that this is where her legacy remains,” says David Marks, Ellen’s husband, who established the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation in her memory. “There will never be closure, but knowing that this gift will further research and care that will help other cancer patients and survivors is incredibly comforting.”

Ellen Marks passed away on August 4, 2010, after a valiant fifteen-year battle with breast cancer. She left behind a loving husband, four children and three grandchildren. Through it all, Ellen maintained her zest for life, her passion for adventure, and her deep appreciation of cultures and exotic places. She channeled this passion through her love of photography, amassing an interesting collection of photographs that document her countless adventures across the globe.

To celebrate Ellen’s legacy, NorthShore will name the Ambulatory Care Center at Highland Park Hospital in her honor, adorning it with the installation of the Ellen Marks Gallery in the waiting area of the Hospital’s Kellogg Cancer Center. This gallery will serve as a lasting testament to Ellen’s courageous spirit.

“We are most grateful to the Marks family for their generosity, passion and vision. It was my privilege to be Ellen’s oncologist. She always brought great energy to our visits and exciting stories of her most recent travels,” says Leon Dragon, MD, Medical Director, Highland Park Hospital Kellogg Cancer Center. “Medical science will feel the impact of this gift, as will each patient and family member who enters the waiting area at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital’s Kellogg Cancer Center.”

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