The Board of Governors of Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation recently endowed the Bob Costas Chair of Pediatric Medicine, which will be used to recruit a renowned specialist in pediatric oncology or pediatric research to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and the Department of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
The endowment honoring the renowned broadcaster was announced April 19, at the 20th Annual Bob Costas Benefit at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. The event featured comedian Kathleen Madigan, rock group The Goo Goo Dolls and rock guitar legend Chuck Berry.
The endowment was announced by Allen D. Allred, a member of the Glennon board and planning committee chairman for Costas Benefits, which have raised more than $14 million for Cardinal Glennon.
"Cardinal Glennon has a true friend in Bob Costas, who has continued to humble us with his generosity over the years," said Doug Ries, president of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. "This chair endowment in his name will allow us to expand our physician base and save the lives of even more children living with cancer and bleeding disorders."
Costas is a longtime member of the Glennon Board of Governors. The hematology/oncology service at Glennon, which was named the Bob Costas Cancer Center in 1998, enables many treatments for cancer, immune disorders and blood-related diseases to be delivered on an outpatient basis at convenient hours, permitting children to maintain normal home and school activities while decreasing costs of care.