The Ebenreiter Family, long-time supporters of Marshfield Clinic Health System, have again stepped forward with a generous donation, this time supporting precision medicine research.

Tom and Sally Ebenreiter, who first were treated at Marshfield Clinic more than 30 years ago, have donated to support cancer research at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI). Now their generosity now includes a $300,000 gift to help scientists and physicians use genetics to treat and prevent disease.

“Genetics has always been of interest to me,” Sally said. “When this opportunity came to help further genetic research, I was pleased to support a Marshfield Clinic research fellowship in precision medicine. This certainly is a vital study for the future of patient care in the areas of prevention, detection, and treatment.”

She and her late husband gave the lead gift to help establish the Tom and Sally Ebenreiter Distinguished Physician/Scientist Endowment in Oncology Research in 2014, currently held by Adedayo Onitilo, M.D., Ph.D., Oncology service line director.

The Center for Human Genetics is already collecting data for a genetic biobank to help physicians determine how patients might respond to common drug treatments. The results will be integrated into patients’ electronic health records, so that each patient receives the right treatment in the right dose at the right time.

“These funds will be used to support a young researcher’s career in studies that will not only serve to train the next generation of scientists, but will also advance knowledge to transform future health care,” said Murray Brilliant, Ph.D., director of the MCRI’s Center for Human Genetics. “We envision a world where we don’t just treat disease, but one where we anticipate and prevent disease.”