Letter: Coming together to make a change

Published 5:09 pm Saturday, October 11, 2014

 People coming together for a cause can make a considerable difference in the lives of many.

Austin’s annual Karl Tourney is an outstanding example of this as shown once again through this year’s event — the 17th annual Karl Tourney. This year, The Karl Potach Foundation donated $60,000 to The Hormel Institute for research into a form of pediatric cancer called Wilms’ tumor, which took the life of 4-year-old Karl Potach in 1997.

Since 2008, The Hormel Institute and Karl Potach Foundation have worked together to jointly fund research on Wilms’ tumor right here in Karl’s hometown of Austin. With this year’s gift, the Karl Potach Foundation now has donated more than $310,000 overall for Wilms’ tumor research at The Hormel Institute.

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As with any donation to The Hormel Institute, 100 percent of these vital gift dollars have directly funded research — the only answer to cancer.

We deeply thank Dr. Kurt and Brenda Potach; Dr. Potach’s office staff; Lance and Snow Pogones; Dr. Barry Larson; John Gray; Tim Duren; Jon Chaffee; Kevin Arnold; Jackie Bumgardner and Austin Country Club as well as everyone who generously gave auction items and those who generously donated.

You all are helping to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer and we thank you for sharing our vision: “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Cures.”


In friendship,

Dr. Zigang Dong

Executive Director

The Hormel Institute