Philanthropist’s generosity toward disabilities research helped transform lives
Washington, DC (September 9, 2010) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities, mourns the loss of philanthropist John W. Kluge, 95, who passed away on Tuesday, September 9 at his home near Charlottesville, Va. His generosity extended to UCP and its research efforts toward developmental disabilities.
“Mr. Kluge played a significant role in advancing research of cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities,” said Stephen Bennett, former UCP’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “While his recent philanthropy was focused on education and the arts, he remains one of UCP’s heroes for his deep concern and generosity for advances in health care for people with disabilities.”
Mr. Kluge played a pivotal leadership role in the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation, now the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF). Beginning in 1972, he served as vice president and later president and chair of the UCP Research and Education Foundation. His gift of $2.5 million to the foundation was a pivotal moment in its history, and he quietly made other significant gifts since leaving his leadership post with the research foundation.
James C. Stearns, President of CPIRF’s Board of Directors, noted that Mr. Kluge was among an increasingly rare group of philanthropists who understood that medical advances often only come after significant study and years of work. “John Kluge understood that serving others wasn’t always a ‘quick fix.’ His generosity and deep understanding that medical research would one day transform the lives of people with disabilities continues to serve as an example for our work today.”
About United Cerebral Palsy
Founded more than 60 years ago by parents of children with cerebral palsy, today United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. This includes approximately 100 local service providers reaching more than 176,000 individuals daily in the U.S., Canada, Scotland and Australia. The national office in Washington DC supports the affiliate network; advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities; advances federal disability public policy (Disability Policy Collaboration); provides information and referral; and develops forward-thinking initiatives and programs like Life Without Limits and My Child Without Limits.
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