Leonard and Roslyn Stoler
Leonard and Roslyn Stoler are making a $5 million gift to the University of Maryland Medical Center to build a multidisciplinary outpatient treatment pavilion that will be the centerpiece of the cancer center's new facilities in the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Building. Mr. Stoler is a businessman who owns 13 auto dealerships in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
The Stolers will be honored at a reception May 28, 2003, in the garden area of the medical center's new Weinberg Building at West Lombard and Penn streets. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is among the more than 100 guests expected to attend the 6 p.m. event.
"This gift fits in very well with the kind of community involvement and charitable contributions that my wife and I feel very strongly about," says Mr. Stoler, the founder and president of Len Stoler Automotive. "There are very few things that you can do that truly make a difference in a person's life. In doing something for cancer patients, I think you are really making a difference." The Stolers, residents of Stevenson, Md., who have two children, six grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren, call the $5 million gift, "a family decision."
Stephen C. Schimpff, M.D., interim director of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Center and a medical oncologist, says, "The Stolers' gift will enable us to build a state-of-the art outpatient center ideally suited for our teams of physicians to evaluate patients and decide on the most appropriate course of treatment. This multidisciplinary approach is the hallmark of our cancer center. It is what sets us apart from most other treatment centers in the country today."
"We bring cancer specialists together around the patient, rather than having the patient go to individual physicians," says Dr. Schimpff. "Medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons consult with each other to develop the most effective treatment plan for each patient."
Morton I. Rapoport, M.D., the president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System, says, "We are very grateful to Len and Roslyn Stoler for making this significant commitment to the future of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. We are also very proud to have Len join our board of the University of Maryland Medical System. Not only is he making a generous donation of money, he is also giving freely of his time and considerable talents to help us fulfill our mission. Len and Roslyn are both remarkable people, and I cannot thank them enough for their support."
The Leonard and Roslyn Stoler Outpatient Pavilion will be the hub of the new $20 million cancer center to be built in the Weinberg Building, which is being opened in phases and now houses new adult and pediatric emergency departments and state-of-the-art operating rooms. Patients will go to the outpatient center to be evaluated and diagnosed as well as to receive treatment and follow-up checkups.
The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center treats 15,000 patients a year and is a nationally recognized leader in all areas of cancer treatment and research. It has specialized programs for lung, prostate, breast, blood and brain cancers and offers bone marrow and stem cell transplantation as well as many other innovative drug and radiation treatments. A top priority is to bring promising new therapies from the laboratory to the bedside.
The cancer center is named for Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum, who made a $10 million gift to the medical center in 1996 to support the cancer program. Mr. Greenebaum is a Baltimore-based real estate developer.
Mr. Greenebaum, the chairman of the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, first approached the Stolers, who are longtime friends, about making a contribution and arranged for them to tour the cancer center.
"They were very impressed with the multidisciplinary approach. These are people who have become very successful through hard work. They realize that you have a responsibility to give back," Mr. Greenebaum says. "What better way to save and prolong lives."
"You see Len Stoler's name everywhere. On his cars, on billboards and in TV and newspaper ads. Now we're going to see his name in a very extraordinary place -- the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center," Mr. Greenebaum says. He adds, "People give to successful programs. They give to winners. So this is a logical choice. The cancer center has an extraordinary program."