Major Gifts: Summer 2018


Charlotte Knights Hit a Home-Run for Patients at Levine Children’s Hospital

During a check presentation held at Levine Children’s Hospital this August, the Charlotte Knights were recognized for their generous commitment of $173,000 to renovate the hospital’s 4th floor Rehabilitation playroom. Honored guests in attendance included Dan Rajkowski, Charlotte Knights Executive Vice President, along with Charlotte Knights players and members of the Charlotte Knights Charities – the philanthropic arm of the team. Bringing new meaning to the phrase ‘take me out to the ballgame’, the Rehabilitation playroom will be transformed into a Charlotte Knights-themed space in the coming months, complete with a baseball diamond, images of players, and more – providing an open, engaging, and therapeutic space that optimizes comfort and recovery. Learn more.


Gift from the Estate of Jane and Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr. to support Levine Children’s Hospital Cancer Research

A generous gift of $300,000 from the estate of the late Seddon “Rusty” Goode Jr. was made to support operations of the new Pediatric Cancer Research Laboratory that will be part of the expanded Levine Cancer Institute facility, opening in 2019. The Goode family’s contribution will help to advance pediatric cancer research programs that allow Atrium Health to deliver world-class pediatric cancer care.


Leukemia Research Foundation Awards Grant for $100,000 to Support Carolinas Leukemia Research Fund

A grant for $100,000 awarded by the Leukemia Research Foundation will support the work of Principal Investigator and Levine Cancer Institute Oncologist Brittany Ragon, MD, whose research study seeks to improve novel treatment therapies for patients diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), an aggressive form of cancer. An important goal of the study is to identify personalized strategies to optimize clinical outcomes for patients with AML.


Celebrating Six Years of Partnership with Local Publix Stores, for Levine Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network

Local Children’s Miracle Network partners since 2013, Publix stores across the Greater-Charlotte region recently carried out yet another successful Miracle Balloon Campaign to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. The company’s 2018 campaign raised $100,000 in the local market, contributing to a record-total of $5.6 million raised by Publix stores nationwide for 27 Children’s Miracle Network member-hospitals.


Edmund and Mary Shea Family Foundation Supports New Technology for ALS Patients

Thanks to a generous contribution of $125,000 made by the Edmund and Mary Shea Family Foundation at the recommendation of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Shea, III of Charlotte, ALS patients treated at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Neuromuscular / ALS Center will have access to innovative medical technology that will help them overcome communication obstacles.


Donors Support the Carolinas Bladder Cancer Fund

$350,000 in donations supporting Levine Cancer Institute’s Bladder Cancer Research Program were made by two grateful patient families who are long-time supporters of Atrium Health but wish to remain anonymous in their giving.


Fundraising Events: Summer 2018


Norsan Media’s “Milagros Para Los Niños” Radiothon Raises over $122,000 For Levine Children’s Hospital

Thanks to generous community support, Radiothon “Milagros Para Los Niños” – held by Norsan Media and broadcast on La Raza 106.1FM, Latina 102.3 FM, La Zeta 107.5/97.3 FM – raised over $122,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital. Now in its eighth year, the radiothon was broadcasted live from the hospital’s Seacrest Studios. Listeners were moved by stories of hope shared by families of former and current patients from the Hispanic community. Norsan Media is a multi-channel media company that owns radio, tv, print, and digital platforms operate stations in Charlotte, NC.


Local Youth Swim, Bike and Run to Support Rehab Programs at Atrium Health

On June 3, the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center hosted the 7th Annual Levine JCC Kids Triathlon, presented by UTC Aerospace Systems. Nearly 180 children of all ages, athletic abilities and cultural backgrounds gathered to swim, bike and run for a cause. The event was a great success, raising over $125,000 for pediatric rehabilitation services at Levine Children’s Hospital and the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program at Carolinas Rehabilitation.


Community Keeps Pounding for Cancer Research

This June, more than 1,000 cancer advocates, survivors, volunteers, and donors hit the streets and the Carolina Panthers practice field for the 8th Annual Keep Pounding 5K, presented by Rodgers. The event raised record proceeds of $150,000 to benefit adult and pediatric cancer research and patient programs at Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. Top Fundraising honors were awarded to cancer survivor Audrea Norris and to Team Po-Z-tivity, formed by Dr. Zvonimir Milas, a cancer survivor and surgical oncologist at Levine Cancer Institute.


Showmars + HEARTest Yard 5K raises $120K

On July 23, a check for $120,000 was presented to Levine Children’s Hospital and The Greg Olsen Foundation, benefiting the hospital’s congenital heart program through the HEARTest Yard Fund. This gift announcement reflects record proceeds raised in the May 2018 Showmars + HEARTest Yard 5K, hosted by The Greg Olsen Foundation and attended by more than 1,400 runners. We are grateful to Greg Olsen and Showmars for their ongoing commitment to the Levine Children’s pediatric congenital heart program.


Save Your Skin Melanoma Golf Classic

For the 13th consecutive year, the Save Your Skin Melanoma Golf Classic, presented by Bank of America, benefited the Carolinas Melanoma and Immunotherapy Fund at Levine Cancer Institute. Utilized by Levine Cancer Institute oncologists to treat patients with melanoma, immunotherapy has proven effective at using a patient’s own defense system to recognize and destroy cancer cells. This year’s Save Your Skin Golf Classic raised over $70,000 to support ongoing immunotherapy research, as well as melanoma awareness, outreach, and prevention programs.