In 1971, Lou and Jean Malnati closed up shop at their first restaurant in Lincolnwood to host a one-night charity event to raise a scholarship fund for a local athlete that would play football at Wake Forest University in the name of famous Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo, who passed away from cancer.
After Lou also fell victim to cancer in 1978, Jean and the Malnati family built on this one-night charity event by dedicating themselves to funding cancer research and treatment programs through the Lou Malnati Cancer Research Foundation.
In November 2017, a transformational donation to the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute by the Malnati family and the Lou Malnati Cancer Research Foundation led to the renaming of the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute to the Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
This gift not only honors the heartfelt giving and tradition of generosity that Lou and Jean established, but brings to fruition their dream of seeing improvements and advancements in personalized care and support for patients suffering through cancer treatments.
Additionally, this gift will attract and retain even more world class talent, who have the capability to create breakthroughs in battling brain tumors, and most crucially, help improve care and advance research for patients now and in the future.
Learn more about the great work going on at the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute by reading up on their most recent news and discoveries. Read More ›
Donations to the Lou Malnati Cancer Research Foundation can be made at any pizzeria, or online at lmcb.org.