Two days after President Elizabeth Garrett died of colon cancer, Dean Laurie Glimcher of Weill Cornell Medicine announced the launch of The President Elizabeth Garrett Fund for Colon Cancer Research on Tuesday.
The creation of this fund a fulfillment of one of Garrett’s last wishes, according to Glimcher.
“Before her untimely death, Beth expressed her desire to create a fund at Weill Cornell Medicine to advance research in colon cancer,” Glimcher said.
Glimcher stressed that while Garrett’s death is a tragedy, it is also an opportunity for reflection.
“It’s also a painful reminder of why we’re all here — to advance medical research and offer patients the best care, so that they can achieve their dreams and live as fully as possible,” she said.