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UTMC’s Ryan White Program receives grant to support memorial fund

The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program was selected to receive a $25,000 grant from the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation for the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care.

Locher opened the first grant-funded, free and anonymous HIV testing site in northwest Ohio in 1985 and was one of the key organizers of the Ryan White Program. The Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund was created in her honor upon her death in 2010.

“This generous gift will help us to carry on Ann’s mission,” said Richard Meeker, manager of fundraising and special projects for the Ryan White Program. “She was passionate about providing support to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Through this fund, we are able to provide emergency services for our clients.”

Toledo Community Foundation Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in the area. For more information, visit toledocf.org.

The Ryan White Program offers high-quality comprehensive care for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The program offers adult primary care, mental health counseling, case management, advocacy and HIV testing in Lucas County and the surrounding area.