On March 13, 2017, Atrium Health Foundation welcomed a new President, Armando Chardiet. Mr. Chardiet is a recognized leader in the world of philanthropy and has significant experience in establishing a strong culture of charitable giving. Prior to joining the System in March 2017, he was chair of the Philanthropy Institute at Cleveland Clinic and was responsible for all philanthropic initiatives and capital campaigns. To learn more, visit https://www.atriumhealthfoundation.org/about-us/leadership/.
On Saturday, April 1, the 3rd Annual Levine Children’s Gala – presented by PNC Bank- welcomed over 500 guests to the campus of Carolinas Medical Center. In addition to celebrating Levine Children’s Hospital’s 10th anniversary, the event raised record net proceeds of $2.4 million to benefit the hospital.
In a surprise presentation to Gene Woods, President and CEO of Atrium Health, Leon Levine, honorary gala chair, announced a $1 million challenge gift designated for the broad benefit of Levine Children’s Hospital. Continue reading here.
On March 9, close to 200 guests gathered for Jeans, Genes and Geniuses, raising over $100,000 for the Fifth International Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Research Conference in Charlotte. Continue reading here.
On March 4, Levine Cancer Institute’s very own Edward S. Kim, MD, FACP participated in “Dancing with the Stars” as part of the Charlotte Ballet’s 2017 Gala Evening. Through his participation, Dr. Kim inspired charitable giving exceeding $72,000 to support Levine Cancer Institute.
Grants and Major Gifts
On March 22, Levine Cancer Institute launched the first mobile lung computed tomography (CT) unit designed to address lung cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival disparities for rural populations across the Carolinas. Funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and designed in partnership with Samsung and Frazer, the mobile lung unit is the first-of-its-kind to link rural populations to lung cancer education and treatment interventions through integrated mobile technology, traditional treatment facilities and medical staff. Continue reading.
Long-time supporters of Levine Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology program, The Isabella Santos Foundation recently pledged $1 million over two years to fund a state-of-the-art MIBG treatment room at the hospital. MIBG (which stands for Metaiodobenzylguanidine) is a type of therapy used to treat advanced or high-risk neuroblastoma. The newly-funded MIBG Treatment Room will be the first of its kind in the region.
This March Levine Children’s Hospital celebrated the grand re-opening of a newly renovated Teen Playroom housed on the 4th Floor Pediatric Rehabilitation Pavilion. The space, which has been transformed into a colorful and engaging therapeutic teen room for our patients and their families, was made possible thanks to a generous contribution from Lee and Jim Vann. Learn more.
On Valentine’s Day, Levine Children’s Hospital unveiled a new technology suite to treat congenital heart disease. The Ganatra Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Suite, underwritten by Tansukh, Rajesh and Sarla Ganatra, will equip doctors to better study and treat children and adults with congenital heart defects. The space features two advanced biplane cardiac catheterization suites. Continue reading.
On February 11, more than 700 runners and walkers commemorated the 13th year of the Cupid’s Cup 5K and l Mile Walk benefiting Atrium Health’s cardiac rehabilitation programs at Atrium Health Pineville, SouthPark, and Union. Starting and ending outside of Carolinas Medical Center-Myers Park, participants enjoyed a scenic course through Charlotte’s historic Dilworth neighborhood. Raising nearly $40,000, Cupid’s Cup provides valuable funding for patient education and outreach at Atrium Health’s cardiac rehabilitation program.
A local fundraising initiative known as Cougars 4 A Cure has raised nearly $100,000 over the last 4 years in contributions from students, parents, and Charlotte Catholic High School faculty and staff. Led by CCHS Varsity basketball student athletes and coaching staff, Cougars 4 A Cure raised $32,000 (and counting) to benefit benefit Levine Cancer Institute’s Carolinas Bladder Cancer Fund, which supports innovative bladder cancer research projects and tissue banking efforts underway at the Institute.
Levine Cancer Institute was the recipient of a competitive $550,000 grant from the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This funding will support high priority phase I and phase II clinical research trials for patients newly-diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, to be carried out in a research program led by Dr. Saad Z. Usamani, MD FACP. This research is designed to help move the Multiple Myeloma field towards personalized care to improve treatment outcomes.