George Wiegers spent too much of his childhood watching depression ravage his mother. Monday, Wiegers made an extraordinary contribution to help ease the suffering from an illness that kills roughly 30,000 Americans a year and cripples millions of others. Wiegers donated $3 million to establish the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine Depression Center.
The center becomes the second in what is designed to be a 12-to-14-institution national network that will attack mental illness the way other medical centers have cooperated to attack cancer and heart disease.
“We have to blow away the stigma and bring mental health out of the closet the way we did with cancer 20 years ago,” said Wiegers, a New York investment banker, who retired to Colorado in the mid-1990s. “The country should have an infrastructure for depression, such as it has for cancer.”
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