Endowment Press Release
Photo: A $15,000 gift from the Charles E. Holman Foundation will help advance Morgellons Disease research at OSU-CHS. From left: Morgellons researcher Dr. Randy S. Wymore, Cindy Casey-Holman, R.N., Holman Foundation director, Howard Barnett, Jr., OSU in Tulsa president, Dr. Leigh Goodson, Mary Ann Holman, Dr. Jim Hess, Dr. Rhonda Casey and Dr. Kayse Shrum, Center for Health Sciences provost. TULSA, Okla. – The Charles E. Holman Foundation has donated $15,000 to the OSU Foundation in continued support of research on Morgellons Disease at OSU Center for Health Sciences.
Holman was a strong advocate for support of research and treatment for the disease. He was not a patient with Morgellons, but was active in an effort to help his wife, Cindy Casey-Holman, R.N., who has Morgellons Disease. Casey-Holman, and Holman’s mother, Mary Ann Holman, presented the actual gift to OSU-CHS and faculty members Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D., and Rhonda L. Casey, D.O. at the Charles Holman Foundation’s annual scientific and medical conference on Morgellons in Austin, Tex. The gift was commemorated in a presentation on the OSU-CHS campus May 23.
Wymore is an associate professor of pharmacology and principal investigator for the OSU Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease. He was a speaker at the annual conference. He said the foundation support would ultimately be part of a Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match. When the Holman Foundation has donated $50,000, the Pickens two for one match will contribute $100,000. This total of $150,000 is for future stipend support for OSU-CHS graduate students interested in researching any aspect of Morgellons Disease.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.