Tom and Julie Wood Center for Lung Cancer Research

About Tom Wood

Tom Wood, a Michigan native, graduate of Western Michigan University and a veteran of the United States Army, began his business career as a used car salesman in Michigan. Eventually, he moved to Indianapolis to enter the new car business, which expanded greatly over the years. Wood was owner and CEO of Tom Wood Automotive Group. He was recognized by TIME Magazine for his community and philanthropic work, including his support of the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

In 2006, Wood was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Initially, a doctor told him there was nothing more to be done but keep him comfortable. But at IU, his physician Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD, told the family he believed Wood was strong enough to fight the disease. Research provided options — and hope — for Wood and his family.

After his death, Tom's wife of 51 years established the Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation to memorialize Tom, who was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.


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