Gilberts Unveils $400 Million Plan With Henry Ford Hospital To Fight Strokes, Should Son Be Injured

Detroit Billionaires Dan and Jennifer Gilbert on Wednesday unveiled a $439 million effort with the Henry Ford Stroke Health System in Detroit while creating a research facility that will work to find a cure and treat the genetic condition their late son suffered from.

The Gilbert Family Foundation, along with partners Henry Ford Health and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, is donating $375 million in part to create a 72-bed physical medicine and rehabilitation facility in Detroit. The Foundation, a private fund established by Dan and Jennifer Gilbert, also announced the creation of the Nick Gilbert Institute for Neurofibromatosis Research in Detroit, which will work in partnership with the Henry Ford Health Sciences Foundation at Michigan State University.

The announcement came four months after the Gilberts’ eldest son, Nick Gilbert, died in May of neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes noncancerous growths to grow along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body. He was 26 years old.

“Detroit will become a leader” in stroke and other neurorehabilitation issues because of these initiatives, Jennifer Gilbert said.

“Today, we double down on our commitment and honor Nick’s passion for a neurofibromatosis-free future,” Jennifer said during a news conference Wednesday morning with her husband at Book Tower Detroit.

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