CONTACT: MITCH BECKMAN
Associate Director of Development
UI College of Medicine
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Nov. 30, 2001
Photo Caption: The Maahs family of Epworth, Iowa, recently presented
a $10,000 check to Dr. Michael Voigt of University of Iowa Health Care to
be used for Hepatitis C research. The Maahses raised the money by holding
a golf event last summer in honor of their mother, Martha Maahs, who died
last year from Hepatitis C complications. Dr. Voigt cared for Martha Maahs
before her death. Left to right: Dr. Warren Schmidt, Dr. Douglas LaBrecque
(both UI Health Care colleagues of Dr. Voigt), Dr. Michael Voigt, Bruce Maahs
(son of Martha), Niki Perrenoud (daughter), Dick Maahs (husband), and Mike
Editors: Individuals or companies located in your area
contributed to the fundraising event described in this news release
Family Gives College of Medicine $10,000 For Hepatitis C Research
CITY, Iowa -- The Maahs family of Epworth, Iowa, has made a gift of $10,000
to be used for Hepatitis C research at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
The family raised the funds by hosting the "Clownin' Around Golf Outing" last
August at the Timberline Golf Course in Peosta, Iowa, and funds raised by
the event went into the Martha Maahs Hepatitis C Research Fund, established
with the assistance of the University of Iowa Foundation.
The Maahses presented a $10,000 check to Michael Voigt,
M.D., associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine and a physician
at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as a way to thank him for his
compassionate care of their mother, Martha Maahs, who died from Hepatitis
C last year.
The Maahses held the golf benefit to increase awareness
of Hepatitis C in the community and to raise money to support important research
of the blood-borne disease at the UI.
The golf event drew 144 participants. There were 47 sponsors
of holes at the event, which was followed by a dinner, raffle and silent auction.
Entertainment was provided by singer-songwriter Kenny Beard of Nashville,
Tenn., whose mother also died from Hepatitis C. The pharmaceutical firm Roche
Inc. was a major sponsor of the event, contributing $1,000.
Funds raised greatly exceeded expectations, and the
Maahs family plans a second golf outing for next Aug. 30.
Martha Maahs contracted Hepatitis C in 1981, after
a blood transfusion (blood products are now routinely screened for this virus).
She was not diagnosed, however, until 1998, when she had already developed
cirrhosis of the liver. Martha was referred to Dr. Voigt by her regular physician
in Dubuque. Voigt began aggressive treatment, but Martha's advanced condition
did not respond.
Niki Perrenoud of Farley, Iowa, Martha's daughter,
organized the golf fund-raiser along with her brothers Mike, of Dyersville,
Iowa, Tony and Bruce, of Epworth, and her father, Dick, also of Epworth. Perrenoud
said that her mother "spent many weeks in the hospital under Dr. Voigt's care.
She respected him and trusted his opinion, and she always felt she received
the best care from him."
Maahs family presents $10,000 check for Hepatitis C
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Perrenoud continued, "It is vitally important that
testing for Hepatitis C be given early so that treatment can either stop or
delay the progression of cirrhosis or liver cancer."
According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates,
the current rate of around 10,000 deaths per year due to Hepatitis C will
triple by the year 2010. Most people who have Hepatitis C do not experience
symptoms until decades after they have acquired the virus, making blood testing
an imperative part of prevention and treatment. Hepatitis C may lead to cirrhosis
of the liver, liver cancer or liver failure. About 4 million Americans have
Hepatitis C but don't know it.
The CDC says that many people may have contracted
Hepatitis C through blood transfusions or by receiving blood products contaminated
with the virus. IV drug users who share needles are also at risk. Prior to
1992, a reliable screening test for Hepatitis C did not exist, which means
that individuals who received blood before thenas Martha Maahs didare
potentially at risk and should be tested.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private
contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities
improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives. For
more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at www.uiowafoundation.org.
Local companies and groups that contributed between
$100 and $300 to sponsor holes at the golf outing include (listed alphabetically
Cascade Lanes, Cascade
Weber Vending, Cascade
Enterprise Solutions, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
Utility Trailer, City of Industry, Calif.
Interstate Detroit Diesel, Davenport
American Realty/Shelley Till, Dubuque
All Season Trucking Inc., Dubuque
Arabesque Design Ltd., Dubuque
Apex Concrete, Dubuque
Cindy Doty and Cathy Blanchard of Mary Kay Cosmetics,
Des Moines and Dubuque
Creative Catering/Garden Room Café, Dubuque
Dubuque Fastpitch Hall of Fame, Dubuque
Eye-Deal Optical, Dubuque
McKesson CorporationTSH, Dubuque
River City Paving, Dubuque
Riverside Tractor and Trailer, Dubuque
Palmer Drug, Dubuque
Thunderbolt Trucking, Dubuque
Friends of Marty Maahs, Dyersville
McDermott Oil Co., Dyersville
Maahs family presents $10,000 check for Hepatitis C
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Wieneke's Friendly Service Mart, Dyersville
Tracey Export, Inc., East Dubuque, Ill.
Dr. and Mrs. Kim Kissel, Epworth
Epworth Radio & TV, Epworth
The Featherston Family, Epworth
Heiberger Insurance, Epworth
K&K Heating & Cooling/Dustbusters, Epworth
Maahs Service, Epworth
Pizza Factory, Epworth
Advantage Trailer Sales, Farley
Cobra Lanes, Farley
Maahs Auto Center, Farley
Maahs Auto Sales, Farley
Jeff Naderman Drywall & Plastering/ Third Base Tap,
Right-Way Realty, Farley
Schueller Construction, Farley
Steve Willenbring Realty, Farley
Roche, Inc., Nutley, N.J.
Harris Golf Cars, Peosta
Ultimate Impressions, Peosta
Leo's Repairables, Potosi, Wis.
Demmer Oil, Worthington
State Bank/Town & Country Insurance, Worthington
Those interested in making reservations or donations
for next year's golf outing can contact Niki Perrenoud at 563-744-3081; e-mail: