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The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation issues a $200,000 community challenge grant to expand pediatric cancer treatment at the Naples Golisano Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinic

The Clark Family Foundation also grants $100,000; community support is still needed FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2020) – The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has issued a $200,000 challenge grant to build a pediatric hematology and oncology infusion clinic in Naples. The Clark Family Foundation has stepped up to meet the match by donating $100,000. An additional $100,000 is still needed to meet the match, for a total of $400,000 raised for the project. “We care about the health [...].

Chief Foundation Officer Expresses Gratitude

Chris Simoneau, chief foundation and development officer for Lee Health shares why he's so grateful for our generous community during this week of thanks. VIEW MORE GRATFEUL MOMENTS

The Joy of Giving

By: Anne Frazier, Senior Director of Development Is there a way to “spark joy”? No, I’m not talking about the KonMari Method, (although it definitely has its merits). I’m talking about creating happiness within. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly brought to our attention how important it is for us all to monitor our mental and physical health. And, as we approach the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to explore the “joy of giving.” First, there’s a scientific reason for that joyful [...].

HOPETOBER: Providing Hope for Breast Cancer Patients

More patients may need financial help from the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund because of the pandemic By: Tammy Zinn, director for clinical support services at Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center This October, the pandemic is likely to take some of the focus from what is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But it’s the pandemic that makes this year’s focus on breast cancer awareness, particularly the ability to get prompt diagnosis and treatment, so critical. Beginning in March, elective procedures [...].

Breast Cancer Support

Cathy Devine’s family had a history of breast cancer. Her mother, sister, great uncle and second cousins had breast cancer, some of them losing their battle with the disease. Cathy knew she was at risk, so she underwent genetic testing. Confirmed as positive for BRCA1 meant Cathy had up to an 85% chance of developing breast cancer, so she had a pre-emptive mastectomy in 1998 in Ohio. It wasn’t an easy decision. When a doctor suggested she have the mastectomy, she resisted, and [...].

Finding Hope When It Seems There is None

Elizabeth Copeman thought she injured herself by picking up something too heavy at her job at a Venice daycare, causing an egg-shaped lump in her breast. Through a workman’s compensation insurance examination, she found out she had Stage 1 aggressive breast cancer. Without insurance, all the medical attention she could get was a mammogram at a free clinic to confirm the diagnosis and then a consultation through a friend’s doctor that the tumor in her breast needed to come [...].

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