Last month, in honor and in memory of their son Michael Guz, Elizabeth (designer and creator of ELLA Designs Jewelry) and her husband Brian Guz established an endowment fund at the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Labs to further support the search for cure.
The endowment fund will leave a lasting legacy in Michael’s memory to ensure ongoing stem cell research to help those suffering from bipolar disorder.
The following message has been written by the Guz couple to announce the newly created endowment fund, the exciting new research efforts and how it will help support those suffering on a daily basis.
As many of you know, Brian and I have supported the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan since Michael’s death in 2009. In addition, ELLA Designs Jewelry was established 4 ½ years ago to increase awareness about bipolar disorder and donates 50% of all proceeds to the Prechter Fund which pursues the mission of personalizing treatments and preventing recurrences so those with bipolar disorder may lead healthy and productive lives.
The research underway is exciting and Brian and I support this research because we see it as the best opportunity we have to stop others from enduring the kind of pain that Michael endured. And, it is a way for us to help prevent other families from experiencing the unbearable grief of unnecessarily losing a loved one.
Michael would have been 25 years old on March 27. To honor his birthday, we have established an endowment that will provide a permanent legacy for Michael and ensure ongoing support of the innovative bipolar research at the Prechter Bipolar Research labs, specifically the stem cell program which is doing groundbreaking research.
Our involvement with the University of Michigan has helped bring a measure of hope and healing to our family. At this milestone, please consider helping us honor the 25th anniversary of Michael’s birth by making a gift in his memory to this newly established endowment fund.
You can also mail a donation check to:
University of Michigan Development Office
Michael Guz Memorial Fund/Endowment
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Liz and Brian
Photos of the Guz family touring the Prechter Research Labs facility with Sue O’Shea, PhD, Director of the Stem Cell Research Center at University of Michigan Center for Pluripotent Stem Cell Research