Officials said Wednesday that NBA franchise owner Dan Gilbert’s family foundation will donate almost $375 million to a 72-bed rehabilitation center for stroke sufferers in Detroit and a research institute focused on a hereditary condition that plagued his son.
Gilbert, the billionaire owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the founder of the Detroit-based Rocket Companies, suffered a stroke in 2019 and was hospitalized in Chicago. He stated that his organization would establish a $10 million fund to assist low-income individuals receiving care at the new Detroit rehab center.
“I’m forever grateful to the doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff who helped me improve every day,” Gilbert stated. “However, while there, I met many other patients who could not get all of the rehabilitative care they needed because insurance limited the number of hours covered.”
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Partners with Henry Ford Health for Detroit Rehabilitation Clinic Expansion
The rehabilitation clinic will be operated by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab of Chicago and will be part of an expansion by Henry Ford Health, a prominent Detroit health-care provider.
Gilbert’s organization is also collaborating with Henry Ford Health and Michigan State University to establish the Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute.
Nick Gilbert, 26, died in May. Neurofibromatosis is a hereditary condition characterized by the development of tumors in the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord.
“Today, we double down on our commitment and honor Nick’s passion for a future without neurofibromatosis,” Jennifer Gilbert, Nick’s mother, stated.