It’s always been Charles Woodson’s dream to be a symbol of hope for sick children. Ever since his college days at the University of Michigan, when he’d visit the kids at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, he wanted to make sure someone was thinking about their fight, and doing what it takes to guarantee they get better.
Fulfilling his dream, in 2009 he established the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Initiative at Mott. Today, its mission — of advancing innovative research ideas that have great potential to transform treatment approaches and offer real cures for children who need it most — is providing new hope for families everywhere. At a time when industry and government support for creative programs is shrinking, especially when it comes to pediatric medicine, the Woodson Initiative is ensuring young investigators’ breakthrough discoveries (the out-of-the-box ideas that could change the world) are not lost.