To commemorate the battle for life of one special person, Pearl Kole, her sons Danny and Rob have launched with personal gifts, the Pearl Endowment for Cancer Research. Research has been the key to dramatic improvements in prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship. Clinical treatment advances in radiation and surgery, as well as chemotherapies such as Tamoxifen, Herceptin all have been assisted through research selected and funded by the American Cancer Society. These research efforts can continue only with new and increased support. Joining with the American Cancer Society, the world’s largest and most experienced private funder of cancer research, The Pearl Endowment will help eliminate the threat of breast cancer for future generations. Each year, income from the Pearl Endowment will be used to fund the highest priority breast cancer research, which will be selected by the American Cancer Society.

Donation Information
To help build the Pearl Endowment and to honor Pearl Kole, your contributions are invited.
Please make your check payable to the The Pearl Endowment and forward it to 818 8th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5867.
All contributions are tax deductible.

About Pearl Kole
She was born Nov. 15, 1932, to Samuel and Rose Singer Siefert in New York City.

She married Art Kole on June 27, 1953, in New York City. She was a teacher and business woman who raised four children and, with her husband Art, helped two of her sons, Danny and Rob, build their business, Kole Imports, Inc.

On Dec. 29, 2003, at the age of 71, she passed away after more than eleven years of battling breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, Art of Redondo Beach; three sons, Rob, Stu, and Danny of Hermosa, Redondo, and Manhattan Beach; her daughter, Ellen Pollack of Calabasas; her sister, Toby Levin of Chicago; and 13 grandchildren.

Before her passing, to honor her, Danny and Rob established the Pearl Endowment for the American Cancer Society research program for breast cancer.

"We thought this was a great way to recognize her and give to something that's very important to her — funding the fight against cancer and specifically breast cancer," says Danny Kole. "My brother and I are partners in a business that our parents helped us start. By showing how much we care about her with the Pearl Endowment, we are able to make the battle better for her."

For Pearl's part, her sons' generosity made a big impact: "When they told me about the endowment, I cried my eyes out, the tears just came. It's quite something. I'm proud of them for thinking of it and doing it."

"I think having the supportive family is the best medicine that someone can have."