Don and Betty Anderson, a Charlotte family with a passionate interest in philanthropy, continue to help advance innovative research and education programs at Atrium Health, including recent support for the Carolinas College of Health Sciences Capital Fund. Laboratory science and medical education are important and personal to Betty, who formerly served for 30 years as the Director of the Carolinas College of Health Sciences’ Clinical Laboratory Science program and served for 13 years as a chemistry instructor and program coordinator at Carolinas Medical Center. An endowed medical laboratory science scholarship was established in Betty’s name to celebrate her retirement and honor her career.
With Don and Betty Anderson’s most recent gift of $100,000, two of three new clinical laboratory sciences labs at Carolinas College of Health Sciences will be named in Betty’s honor. These labs allow the medical laboratory science students to practice and develop skills to analyze complex laboratory procedures and situations. In addition to developing critical professional skills, students are prepared to practice ethically in their field and are equipped with the knowledge and essential skills to produce lab results that can be utilized in the analysis of patient diagnoses, making them a major contribution to the healthcare community.
In addition to their support of medical education and laboratory science at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, the Andersons have for many years made vital contributions to enhance bladder cancer research programs at Levine Cancer Institute through the Don and Betty Anderson Fund for Bladder Cancer Research, which has grown to more than $175,000 since its establishment at Atrium Health Foundation in 2013.
To maximize their contributions, Don and Betty have included Atrium Health Foundation in their gift planning and have been members of the Evergreen Society, Atrium Health Foundation’s society for legacy giving, since 2017. Through their bequests, which will benefit the Don and Betty Anderson Fund for Bladder Cancer Research and medical education at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Don and Betty will continue to sustain critical medical research and education here in Charlotte.