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Cheryl Kimmens Franke honors husband by supporting cholangiocarcinoma research

Cheryl Kimmens Franke

Summer 2024
By Michael Quinn

Dana-Farber’s community of supporters is always inspiring, and their meaningful stories moved Cheryl Kimmens Franke to join them. After reading about generous donors to the Institute in Impact magazine, Cheryl was encouraged to give as well—and add her own chapter to Dana-Farber’s hopeful story.

Recently, Cheryl made a gift of $100,000 to establish the Arthur J. Franke Fund for Cholangiocarcinoma Early Detection at Dana-Farber. Her generous gift honors the memory of her husband, Art, who was treated at the Institute, and supports a novel screening initiative led by his doctor, Thomas Abrams, MD. Fueled by Cheryl’s and Arthur’s philanthropy, Abrams is working to introduce an alert into medical record software that prompts providers to order additional tests for individuals at risk for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma. His aim is to bring the new tool to primary care offices throughout Boston, alleviating health disparities and improving patient outcomes by providing optimal access to this potentially lifesaving screening intervention.

Grateful for Abrams’ compassionate care, Cheryl hopes her gift accelerates his groundbreaking research to benefit other patients. And she knows this is something her husband would want, too. “Art appreciated everything Dr. Abrams and his team did for him,” she said. “It is a privilege to honor Art by supporting this work.”

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