To increase autism awareness, Christine Smith of Chattanooga recently presented a check for $2,800 to Anna Shaw Children’s Institute in honor of her son, Ryan. Smith raised the funds by holding a dart-throwing competition. From left are Gwen Harden, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation; Christine Smith; Ashley Johnson, speech-language pathologist; and Laura Ogas, music therapist. The funds will help provide specialized therapy toys and equipment for treatment purposes.
Anna Shaw Children’s Institute Receives Donation From Museum Of Flight Tristate
Silent auction proceeds from the annual Museum of Flight Tristate (MOFTS) gala were recently donated to Anna Shaw Children’s Institute (ASCI). The donation of $2,500 will be shared by the Therapy Services and the Applied Behavior Analysis departments for specialized toys and equipment for treatment. From left are Doug Woodruff, MOFTS board chairman; Jim Beavers, museum founding member; Terri Woodruff, ASCI executive director; and Christine Lewis, museum director.
Rather than getting gifts for herself for her 4th birthday, Elle Brumlow recently requested donations for the children at Anna Shaw Children’s Institute. She collected crayons, colored pencils, construction paper, Play-Doh, Hot Wheels cars, Puffy paint, paintbrushes, chenille stems, and other supplies. These items will be used in occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis, and other therapy sessions. Elle is pictured with her mom, Brandi. Terri Woodruff, executive director, said she was very appreciative of Elle’s donation. “Our patients will get a lot of good use out of these items. What a great gift!”
Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Launches Fundraising Initiative, PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU
The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, Hamilton Health Care System’s not for profit fundraising entity, is launching a fundraising initiative to support innovative patient care services at Peeples Cancer Institute. The Foundation’s Business Relations committee is spearheading PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU to support the Paxman Scalp Cooling System, an innovative patient support service that greatly reduces or prevents hair loss for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Since the hair loss prevention services are not covered by most insurances, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is asking for the community’s help to support these life-changing services for patients with cancer.
To kickstart their fundraising efforts, the Foundation’s Business Relations committee is inviting all area businesses to join the Hamilton Business Alliance, a business partnership program that supports capital projects, community health initiatives, technological advancements, and innovative programs and services at Hamilton. Created to address the region’s changing healthcare needs, the Hamilton Business Alliance offers a range of membership options and giving levels to encourage broad participation and support for healthcare excellence.
Businesses who pledge support for the Hamilton Business Alliance will receive a Hamilton Business Alliance window cling to place on a door or window as well as a PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU window cling and poster to display at their business, signifying their commitment to innovative patient care at Peeples Cancer Institute.
“Our goal is to support these amazing services at Peeples Cancer Institute as we partner together to bring healthcare advancements to northwest Georgia. From small businesses to foundations to large corporations, the Hamilton Business Alliance prioritizes the health and wellbeing of employees and their families. By having businesses collaborate with the Foundation on Hamilton projects, we are able to greatly impact the quality of healthcare and services,” states Kelly Jones, co-chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations Committee and Vice President for Human Resources at Dalton Utilities.
The Paxman Scalp Cooling System responds particularly well with patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. Larry Winter, co-chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations committee, states that he is inspired to lead this fundraising initiative because it supports women’s cancer services. “Our business has 27 employees, 18 of whom are women. At Nichols, Cauley & Associates, we are advocating and pledging funds for this advancement in cancer services to affirm our commitment to next-level care.”
Eric Turner, MD, Medical Director for Peeples Cancer Institute, relates the challenges many patients face while undergoing chemotherapy: “Chemotherapy-induced hair loss is one of the most traumatic side effects associated with cancer treatment. Hair loss can be a visualization of a patient’s internal anxiety and strife. The hope with the Paxman System and cooling cap is that by diminishing or preventing hair loss, we can allow patients to look and feel more like themselves. Many times, knowing that our staff is committed to their emotional and physical wellbeing throughout the continuum of care offers patients the encouragement and motivation they need to fight through to the end of their therapy.”
Jane Snipes, Foundation Executive Director states: “Our Foundation members are steadfast in their support of groundbreaking developments and innovative services for patients and their families. Kelly Jones and Larry Winter are two highly respected members of our Foundation who are passionately committed to this project. We hope that individuals and families will join our business community in this call to action to advance cancer care and services. PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU is something positive we all can get behind, especially as we continue to navigate the challenges of 2020.”
To give to PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU or to join the Hamilton Business Alliance, visit HamiltonHealth.com/foundation or call the Foundation at 706.272.6128.