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Karen Jargowsky Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncolgy


The Karen Jargowsky Professorship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology honors the late Karen Jargowsky, an honors student at the University from Botetourt County, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia as a high school senior. Ms. Jargowsky went into remission in the summer after her senior year, following chemotherapy treatment at the University Medical Center. She enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences in the fall of 1997. At the end of her first term, the leukemia returned. Though she was prepared to receive a bone marrow transplant, the cancer proved too aggressive. Ms. Jargowsky died in April of 1998. Funds for the Karen Jargowsky Professorship were raised through The Snowball, an event held each year from 1998 through 2001. Karen Jargowsky was the event's first keynote speaker. Her mother, Louise, delivered the keynote speech at the final Snowball. In a life that was altogether too short, Karen Jargowsky had a profound impact on the lives of those around her. Through this professorship that carries her name, her influence will continue.

Kimberly P. Dunsmore, MD 2013-present

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