The Kevin Rushton Memorial Fund

The Kevin Rushton Memorial Fund

KEVIN EDMUND RUSHTON died October 17, 2012, at age 54, of Bloomfield Hills.

He was an IT Consultant/Project Manager in the Information Technology field.

Beloved husband of Janice Gilbert Rushton. Leaves behind Edmund Rushton, Stephen Acosta, and Andrew Acosta. Brother of Janice Harvey (Randy), Liz Rushton, Christopher Rushton (Betsy), Laura Durkin (Tom), and Amy Rushton (Alistair Hattingh). Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Memorial Tributes may be made to:

1. MESP
Kevin established a MESP (Michigan Educational Savings Plan) 529 college savings plan for his son Edmund. If you are interested in making a contribution, please make the check payable to MESP f/b/o Edmund Rushton an mail the check to Janice Rushton, 4526 Ardmore Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 and Janice can make the deposit.

2. LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation
This organization provides funding for research to find effective ways of treating the rare soft tissue cancer that Kevin was diagnosed with in April 2009. Kevin participated in numerous clinical trials at the University of Michigan Sarcoma Center in Ann Arbor, Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit and Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit. He had radiation treatment and multiple surgeries and participated in multiple clinical trials involving chemotherapy and a sarcoma vaccine. Nothing worked to cure the disease. Whether anything worked to slow the disease is questionable as so little is known about this rare disease and it’s cyles of progression except that it generally develops metastatsis to the lungs, and in Kevin’s case, it did just that with a vengeance. There’s a real need for more research of this cancer — what causes it, who is more at risk, how to determine if a chemotherapy may help in a particular patient’s case before starting systemic chemotherapy, whether there is any genetic vulnerability — these are just some of the questions that need to be explored through research. This organization has been commended for its funding of valuable clinical trials at major sarcoma centers in the US.

If you would like to make a donation to LMSdr in memory of Kevin, please click here . (When donating through PayPal, you can use the Designation Box to specify a Fund.)

3. Kevin Rushton Memorial Fund at Michigan State University’s James Madison College (JMC)
Kevin graduated from James Madison College at MSU in 1981 with a degree in International Relations. Kevin enjoyed serving on the JMC Board of Visitors. His stepson Stephen Acosta has recently graduated from JMC with a degree in International Relations. Please make checks payable to Michigan State University, enter “Kevin Rushton Memorial” in the memo line and return to:
James Madison College
Development Office
329 South Case Hall, MSU
East Lansing, Michigan 48825
517.432.2117
Or make your gift on-line at: This MSU donation website

4. Detroit School of Rock and Pop (DSRP)
DSRP was a source of much happiness for Kevin and our family in the last several years. Kevin started taking guitar lessons and then advanced to playing in a band at DSRP. Last February, Kevin was involved in a Bucket List Concert to help raise money for the DSRP Summer Camp Scholarship Program. Ed went to the DSRP summer camp last summer and went on a concert tour with DSRP to NYC. Kevin and his brother Chris and sister Amy have enjoyed recording sessions with the professional musicians at DSRP. Stephen, Ed, and Janice joined Kevin on stage in February to be part of the Bucket List Concert with Stephen playing alto saxophone, Ed playing the drums and Janice played violin. What fun for all! The mastermind for DSRP is Jason Gittinger, a wonderful, kind and generous man and excellent musician. Jason has a vision for DSRP to help people of all ages learn about and use music to enrich their lives. Jason set up a charitable organization for funding the program and you may donate by writing a check to Live the Music Foundation, and mailing the check to Detroit School of Rock and Pop, 1109 South Washington, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067