Ina Gross Justice Project
Ina and Sam Gross
Ellen Gerth sustains a lectureship series to benefit children’s cancer in her parents’ names. Since January 2012, the “Stop Children’s Cancer Dr. Samuel and Ina Gross Memorial Lectureship” has operated to encourage medical students and pediatric residents to pursue careers in hematology and oncology to help cure children with cancer. The last lectureship was May 4, 2016, at the University of Florida. Money donated will be matched dollar for dollar by Stop Children’s Cancer, a foundation for cancer research co-founded by Dr. Samuel Gross, Gerth’s late father. Donations can be made online at stopchildrenscancer.org/Donate_Online.
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- LAKEWOOD RANCH - December 2017 - Freshly planted flowers rustled in the summer breeze Monday above a plaque dedicated to Ina Gross at Paw Park in Lakewood Ranch.
Mrs. Gross and her husband, Sam Gross, and their German Shepherd mix Nicky, were frequent visitors to the dog park.
Sam Gross died of cancer on Aug. 3, 2010.
Mrs. Gross was slain inside her Lakewood Ranch home Jan. 9, 2012 a homicide. A first degree murder arrest warrant has been issued by Manatee County, Florida for Thomas J Gross of Herzliya, Israel. Recently, a group of Gross' friends gathered at the park to dedicate an oak tree and plaque in her memory.
"It was a form of closure," said friend Cliff Kaplan, who met Gross in 2003. "It gave us a place to remember her. It was in memory of her and our friendship."
For years, Kaplan said Gross and her husband would meet with more than a dozen dog owners everyday at the park.
"She was a dear friend," he said.
Lakewood Ranch staff offered the tree to the group of friends at no charge. The group raised money to purchase the concrete plaque which reads "This tree was planted in memory of Ina Gross, Our Dog Park Friend. 2012"
The friends dedicated left over money to the Resurrection House in Sarasota, a non-profit organization where Gross volunteered to serve the homeless community.
"To me, this is a form of expression for our love for her," Kaplan said.
The friends approached community development district supervisors of Greenbrook with the idea and gained unanimous acceptance.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has processed the evidence. Forty-three items found at the home were submitted for DNA testing.