Philanthropy & Giving

Philanthropy plays a vital role in helping make these programs strong. Gifts to the Division have a significant impact on our novel research programs, patient education, rheumatology fellowships, and our ability to recruit international experts in rheumatology to our team.

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The UW Division of Rheumatology is committed to helping people with rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus by providing direct care to patients; by conducting research to better understand the reasons for these diseases and to find new, better treatments; and by training new rheumatologists and scientists to be leaders in their field.

Donor Stories


Lucile Evelyn Townsend Henderson

Ms. Henderson developed an interest in rheumatology (her sister contracted rheumatoid arthritis and died at a young age) and made many gifts to the University of Washington Division of Rheumatology throughout her life.

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James Lane, Jr. Endowed Lectureship

Dr. James J. Lane, Jr. was the first fellowship trainee in the University of Washington Medicine Division of Rheumatology who went on to become a highly respected Rheumatologist serving the people of Seattle and Western Washington throughout his career.

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The Maury Family

Jerry and Esther established the Herndon (Jerry) and Esther Maury Professorship in Rheumatoid Arthritis at UW Medicine in 2005 with a gift made through their estate.  This endowed faculty position provides a permanent source of funds that will enable UW Medicine to recruit and retain doctors and scientists researching new treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis, a disease that has touched their family.

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Leap for Lupus Presenting Check to Dr. Grant Hughes

Leap for Lupus

Leap for Lupus has given over $175,000 and have supported the research of  many postdocs and junior faculty. Their gifts will continue to support young investigators who are working to find a cure for lupus.

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Karr Family

The Karr Family

The Karr Family Endowment was established by a generous gift from Janet M. and Reynold (Rennie) Karr. With their gift, the Karrs will support the ongoing training of fellows in rheumatology  to become proficient in the care of patients with rheumatologic diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and spondylarthritis. 

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Robert and Betty Snead

The family of Patricia A. and John W. Judy recently created the Robert F. and Betty Snead Fund for Innovation in Lupus Research. This fund supports innovative new research projects that help us better understand lupus and, one day, help us create better treatments for it.

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If you would like to learn more research, patient care, and training in the division and role that philanthropy plays helping make these programs strong, please contact Damien Chapman, Director for Corporate & Foundation Relations.