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Gambino Medical & Science Foundation

Giving hope to children with life-threatening illness, and their families, inspired Thomas and Frances Gambino to form the Gambino Medical & Science Foundation. Since 1990, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support vital clinical programs at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The Foundation’s initial gift of $2.5 million in 1991 helped Cohen Children’s become a leader in pediatric cancer and blood disorders by bringing the region’s first pediatric bone marrow transplant unit to the hospital. 

Subsequent donations funded critical pediatric programs for the Epilepsy Treatment Center, Division of Behavior and Development, Juvenile Diabetes Research Center, the Research Center for Alternative Therapy for Children with ADHD and the Child Life Program, along with the renovation of the nationally accredited Gambino Medical and Science Foundation Stem Cell Transplant Unit.

quotation mark Our foundation is committed to supporting the superior care of children provided at Cohen Children’s.
Thomas and Frances Gambino

The Foundation also created an endowment to further Cohen Children’s national leadership in pediatric cancer. The endowed professorship in pediatric hematology and oncology ensures our physician scientists can continue their groundbreaking research. 

The Foundation hosts annual events to raise funds for clinical and emotional support services. As part of their family’s own holiday tradition, they host a party in the hospital’s atrium. Thomas and Frances, their children and grandchildren aim to brighten the season for those in the hospital’s care. In turn, the children’s smiles and joy are the highlight of the Gambinos’ holiday. The Foundation’s generous donors treat each child to toys and gifts, live music and storytelling, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Gambino Foundation’s long-time generosity to Cohen Children’s is helping our young patients focus on what’s important: their futures.