24 Foundation continues its generous giving to help Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital expand and grow. In 2016, 24 Foundation announced a $1.5 million commitment to Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital in support of adult and pediatric cancer survivorship and wellness programs.
The support of 24 Foundation has impacted patient care at LCI and LCH by making a multidisciplinary survivorship and wellness program available to patients free of charge or at minimal cost. 24 Foundation also supports LCI’s nurse navigators, who assist patients and their family members with finding appropriate resources, answer questions and address concerns, and provide patient education. In addition, 24 Foundation continues to support clinical research advances through a permanent endowment established to support of innovative pediatric bone marrow transplant methods.
Adam Faulk Tanksley Foundation
Named in honor of pediatric cancer survivor Adam Tanksley, the Adam Faulk Tanksley Foundation annually raises significant funds to benefit Levine Children’s Developmental Therapeutics Program, helping Levine Children’s Hospital to fully implement early-stage, experimental clinical research trials for pediatric cancer patients. The availability of these trials helps to ensure local children who are battling this disease receive cutting-edge cancer treatment where they need it most – close to home.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has provided funding to Levine Cancer Institute breast cancer screening programs, general patient support programs, and research studies to improve treatment therapies for lymphoma.
Bank of America
Bank of America is a dedicated supporter of the annual Levine Children’s Hospital Gala, Speak PINK, and the Save Your Skin Melanoma Golf Classic.
A leader in international global investment—and a philanthropic leader in the Queen City—Barings first stepped forward in 2008 to support Levine Children’s Hospital by serving as Presenting Sponsor for the Annual Hopebuilders 5K Run/Walk—an event they’ve continued to generously support ever since. In addition to their corporate sponsorship, Barings organizes a corporate team and encourages its employees to fundraise individually and volunteer at the Hopebuilders 5K every year, and also sponsors the Levine Children’s Gala.
For many years, Howard C. “Smoky” Bissell and his family have supported cancer programs at Atrium Health. The Bissell Family Foundation funded the Margaret (Peg) Oseland Kosonen Endowment honoring caregivers at Levine Cancer Institute, a generous gift that honors all nurses, made in extreme gratitude for the cancer care that the late Sara Harris Bissell received from Peg Kosonen. The family’s support of cancer initiatives has also been impactful in the area of ovarian cancer research through their leading sponsorship of the annual Stiletto Sprint fundraising event benefiting Levine Cancer Institute. The Family Foundation also recently made a $1 million gift to Levine Cancer Institute to support the Hall Gynecologic Oncology center honoring long-time GYN oncology division leader, Dr. James B. Hall. A natural-born leader, Smoky Bissell also served as campaign chair for the Levine Children’s Hospital “Dare to Dream” Campaign.
Bojangles’ is making more than just great chicken and biscuits. They’re also making a major impact on neuromuscular disease in the Carolinas. In partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Bojangles’ has contributed significant funds to support Muscular Dystrophy research at the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory at Carolinas Medical Center through its annual Bojangles’ Golf Classic.
For over a decade, hundreds of tennis enthusiasts and breast cancer advocates have participated in a unique series of charity tennis clinics organized by the Bosom Buddies, a fundraising group founded by Donna Branham and a group of tennis players at the Weddington Swim and Racquet Club.
Since the event’s inception, Bosom Buddies Charity Clinics have successfully raised several hundred thousand dollars in funds to support free breast cancer screenings, innovative research, and special patient services at Levine Cancer Institute.
Brighthouse Financial is a generous sponsor of the annual Levine Children’s Hospital Gala, helping the community come together in support of its children.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has granted over $1 million to support the innovative “Lung B.A.S.E.S” (Bringing Awareness, Screening & Education to improve Survivorship) cancer screening initiative that Levine Cancer Institute is conducting in the Charlotte, NC region. This funding allows Levine Cancer Institute to provide the highest level of preventive services and care for lung cancer patients from throughout the Carolinas. Access to optimal screening is paramount to early detection, intervention and survival for those at high risk for contracting this deadly disease. Thanks to this significant support by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, detection will occur earlier, intervention will begin sooner, and lives will certainly be saved.
Carolinas HealthCare Foundation and the Carolina Panthers established the KEEP POUNDING ® Fund in 2003 to honor coach Sam Mills and player Mark Fields, both of whom had been diagnosed with cancer. Since that time, millions of dollars have been raised for the Keep Pounding Fund through wristband and keychain sales, memorabilia auctions, and an annual Keep Pounding 5K race that finishes on the team’s playing field. The KEEP POUNDING ® Fund has had a tremendous impact on Atrium Health cancer programs over the years, supporting early-stage clinical research and wellness activities for cancer survivors. In addition to supporting Levine Cancer Institute, the Fund also supports pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Since 2008, the Charlotte Knights Golf Classic has benefited Levine Children’s Hospital each year—with tremendous success. The Charlotte Knights also support breast cancer screenings and treatment programs conducted by Levine Cancer Institute through their annual Pink Knights fundraiser held at BB&T ballpark. Most recently, in 2018, the Charlotte Knights generously committed $173,000 to renovate the Levine Children’s Hospital’s 4th floor Rehabilitation playroom.
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
Since 2010, employees of the family-owned Charlotte Pipe and Foundry have opened their hearts for children at Levine Children’s Hospital, helping to fund special patient and family support programs, as well as life-saving equipment upgrades, through their annual employee Choice Campaign. Just as they are leaders in plumbing and industrial systems, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry employees are also leading the way as a loyal partner for Levine Children’s Hospital.
Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure
Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure (C4CC) was established in 2012 by a group of women from the 18-Hole Ladies Golf Association at Carmel Country Club. The organization holds a charity golf tournament and related fundraising activities to bring the latest cancer research trials to Charlotte at Levine Cancer Institute. Many C4CC members’ lives have been positively impacted by receiving the finest treatment locally, at Levine Cancer Institute. In 2014, C4CC was recognized for its $100,000 commitment to support Phase I Clinical Trials and related research with the placement of a plaque in the Phase I Clinical Trials Family Waiting Room. “Choosing Hope For Charlotteans Fighting Cancer” is the mission of the C4CC.
Children's Medical Fund
For many years, the Children’s Medical Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas has provided significant support for Levine Children’s pediatric cancer research programs – including the planned pediatric cancer research laboratory to be located at Levine Cancer Institute’s expanded Charlotte facility opening in early 2019.
Costco has been a tremendous Children’s Miracle Network partner—the company’s charity of choice—since 1988. Their commitment to CMN Hospitals, and locally, to Levine Children’s Hospital, continues to have a lasting impact on the lives of sick and injured children across our region.
Collins Aerospace has established itself as a dedicated corporate supporter of Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital, most notably through their sponsorship of signature fundraising events such as the Levine Children’s Gala and the Hopebuilders 5K. Leading by example, Collins Aerospace president and chief operating officer David Gitlin serves on the Atrium Health Foundation Board and the Levine Children’s Hospital’s Board of Ambassadors and supports the hospital through his membership in the Dreamcatcher Society, a giving society dedicated to supporting patient programs and technology advancements at LCH.
Cougars 4 A Cure
A local fundraising initiative known as Cougars 4 A Cure has raised significant funding contributed by students, parents, and Charlotte Catholic High School faculty and staff. In connection with the CCHS Varsity basketball program, funds are raised annually to benefit Levine Cancer Institute’s Carolinas Bladder Cancer Fund, which supports innovative bladder cancer research projects at the Institute.
Cougars 4 A Cure was first organized in 2014 by Charlotte Catholic High School Basketball Coach Andre Speech, and CCHS senior and student-coach, Matthew Salvino. With additional support from 5MPOWER– a local charitable foundation – Cougars 4 A Cure has quickly become a highly successful, school-wide annual fundraising effort.
Since 1998, Driven Brands Charitable Foundation has given generously to Levine Children’s Hospital, including helping to fund the establishment of the Ryan Seacrest Studios located in the atrium of Levine Children’s Hospital. The Seacrest Studios are an in-house multimedia broadcast center where patients have the ability to explore creative realms of radio, television, and new media right from their hospital rooms.
Eastwood Homes first became a partner of Atrium Health and Levine Children’s Hospital in 2008, reinforcing the company’s long-standing commitment to giving back to the people of the Carolinas. Since that time, a portion of proceeds from every Charlotte-area home sale is donated to LCH. Wanting to make an even greater impact, Eastwood Homes introduced the Eastwood Homes Hospitality Cart, which circulates the patient floors and family waiting areas of Levine Children’s Hospital and provides healthy snacks, reading materials, gifts, books and toiletries at no charge to the children or families of the children that are staying in the hospital. In addition Eastwood Homes conducts an annual charity golf tournament that donates its substantial proceeds to Levine Children’s Seacrest Studios.
Since 2004, Great Clips salons across the nation have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals through the Miracle Network Balloon sales and related fundraising events. With more than 3,500 salons throughout the U.S. and Canada, Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand, making their support for CMN Hospitals especially impactful as they raise awareness for CMN Hospitals across the U.S.
Heineman Foundation of Charlotte
The Heineman Foundation has given significant grant support to Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and Levine Cancer Institute, for the advancement of innovative research efforts to improve patient care in the medical specialties of cardiac surgery and multiple myeloma.
Hendrick Automotive, Motorsports, and Foundation
Rick Hendrick is known in the automotive business and NASCAR circuit for heating up the roadways. In late 2011, he and his family warmed the hearts of children in the Carolinas with a $1 million gift to support pediatric cardiovascular services and the pediatric congenital heart program at Levine Children’s Hospital. And, even before Levine Children’s Hospital first opened, Linda and Rick Hendrick made a leading gift to establish the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care at the hospital, dedicated in honor of their late son. Through these and other major gifts, the Hendrick family and Hendrick Motorsports have continued to show tremendous support for the sickest and most acutely injured children treated at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Isabella Santos Foundation
Levine Children’s Hospital is grateful to partner with the Isabella Santos Foundation. Founded by Erin Santos, who has created a lasting legacy for her daughter Isabella, ISF has raised and contributed millions of dollars to support the local fight against rare pediatric cancers, including neuroblastoma. In 2018, ISF committed over $5 million to advance the rare and solid tumor program at LCH, most notably with a $1 million commitment to fund the region’s only state-of-the-art MIBG treatment suite, which opened in LCH in 2018. The donation – one of the single largest in the hospital’s 10-year history – will fund the Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) Rare and Solid Tumor Program. The program is designed to research and treat a wide range of deadly cancers, including neuroblastoma – the type of cancer that Isabella fought.
The new ISF program will serve nearly one-third of the 135 new cancer patients Levine Children’s Hospital sees each year and will allow the hospital to expand their clinical trials and recruit a national expert as the Isabella Santos Foundation Endowed Chair in Rare and Solid Tumors.
Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
Each year, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation organizes a Charlotte “Kicks-It” kickball tournament in September, raising funds to benefit the Torrence E. Hemby Jr. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center—one of the fastest growing programs at Levine Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from past kickball tournaments have advanced cancer research initiatives at Levine Children’s Hospital that allow pediatric oncologists to conduct experimental-stage, phase I and phase II clinical trials. The support of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation continues to elevate Levine Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cancer program as one of the region’s most comprehensive cancer care programs.
Formed in 2010 to honor the life of Joe Restaino, the Joedance Film Festival has grown into a household name in local film and philanthropic circles. Each summer, a quaint neighborhood garden in the Historic Fourth Ward of Uptown Charlotte is transformed by the magic and talent of Charlotte filmmakers, producers, writers and directors who share their talents with supporters of the Joedance Film Festival. Since its inception six years ago, Joedance has raised significant funding for Levine Children’s Hospital to help advance pediatric oncology patient programs, services, and research—particularly that of rare cancers.
Since 2000, Kohl’s and the Kohl’s Cares ® cause merchandise program have raised millions to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. A portion of these grant funds have supported the “Kohl’s Game Plan for Kids” conducted by Levine Children’s Hospital, a technology and awareness initiative aimed at educating families on injury prevention, nutrition, hydration, sports safety and overall health and wellness. For more information on Kohl’s Game Plan for Kids, visit www.kohlsgameplan4kids.com.
The Leon Levine Foundation
For more than a decade, when Sandra and Leon Levine have seen an opportunity to enhance healthcare services within the community, they have stepped forward to make it happen. Their transformational gifts to build both Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute, as well as fund the Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center and the Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency Program – have helped ensure that patients have access to the finest care, close to home.
The Levine family and their foundation have now contributed over $70 million to enhance medical programs, build new facilities, and bring clinical innovations and the brightest talent to Atrium Health.
A Children’s Miracle Network corporate partner since 1983, Marriott is dedicated locally to raising money for Levine Children’s Hospital, the region’s Children’s Miracle Network member hospital, through a number of annual events.
Martin Truex Jr. Foundation
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation is a loyal and longtime friend of Levine Children’s Hospital. Their generosity has helped make the Ryan Seacrest Studios a reality as well as establish The Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Special Needs Fund at LCH. This fund, made possible in part by the Foundation’s annual charity event, Catwalk for a Cause, provides financial assistance to hospitalized families in need. Most recently, The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has extended their support beyond the walls of Levine Children’s Hospital to impact the lives of adult patients fighting cancer at Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute.
Miles Against Melanoma NC
Miles Against Melanoma – NC is an annual 5K event that raises funds locally for melanoma prevention and research programs, as well as patient special needs at Levine Cancer Institute. The event was founded in 2012 by Heather Joyner who lost her sister, Amy Robinson, to melanoma.
In 2008 Morris-Jenkins celebrated their 50th anniversary by pledging $500,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital, a commitment they continue to fulfill. The company’s contributions to Levine Children’s Hospital significantly support the hospital’s Child Life program, one that helps patients and their families by providing comforting distractions and support during procedures and throughout a child’s hospital stay. Additionally, Morris-Jenkins funds the Special Recognition Program designed to celebrate patients’ special milestones during their stay at the hospital, such as end of treatment or birthdays.
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Levine Cancer Institute’s physicians are at the forefront of both translational and clinical research in multiple myeloma. Supporting their efforts is the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation through significant grant funding awarded by the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium, an international clinical network of myeloma centers of excellence. This funding supports Levine Cancer Institute physicians as they collaborate with other researchers locally and throughout the world to identify and pursue potential breakthroughs in multiple myeloma diagnosis and treatment.
Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research
Since 2013, the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research has raised significant funds to support sarcoma research at Levine Cancer Institute. This funding makes possible the development of novel clinical trials aimed at improving the lives and health outcomes of sarcoma patients. The foundation honors the outstanding work and memory of founder Paula Takacs through its passionate commitment to find a cure for sarcoma and to raise awareness.
“I want people to think of me as a person who never gave up. Someone who lived with purpose and strove to make a difference in this world.” – Paula Tipton Takacs
A dedicated partner of Levine Children’s Hospital, PNC Financial Services Group shown tremendous support for children and families in the Carolinas through their support of the Hopebuilders 5K and annual Levine Children’s Gala. Carolinas HealthCare Foundation depends on PNC for their generosity and deeply appreciates what they have made possible for Atrium Health.
Pounding for Parker
The Pounding For Parker Foundation – created by the family of grateful patient and young cancer survivor, Parker Cowherd – is a supporter of the Pediatric Neuro-oncology Department at Levine Children’s Hospital.
The Purple Promise Foundation To End Melanoma
The Purple Promise Foundation To End Melanoma provides generous support for melanoma research at Levine Cancer Institute as a tribute to the life and memory of Jessica Dovi. We are deeply honored to remember Jessica’s life in this meaningful way, and grateful for the continued generosity of the Purple Promise Foundation, and its founders David and Donna Hodgkins, which allows Levine Cancer Institute to further study late-stage melanoma to help researchers develop effective treatments for this devastating disease.
Since 2013, Publix stores across the Greater-Charlotte region have partnered with local Children’s Miracle Network member-hospital, Levine Children’s Hospital. Through their annual Miracle Balloon Campaign, Publix raises significant funds to benefit Levine Children’s pediatric patient services, medical equipment, and other life-saving medical resources.
RE/MAX first partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1992 and has shown significant support to our patients ever since—most notably through their Miracle Home Program, their flagship fundraising initiative that provides associates the opportunity to make a donation on behalf of every transaction. In addition, local RE/MAX offices coordinate 5K runs, golf tournaments, and other special events benefiting LCH. The Pediatric Emergency Room at Levine Children’s Hospital, the first 24-hour pediatric emergency department in the region, is named in honor of RE/MAX.
Receptions for Research / Greg Olsen Foundation
When Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and his wife Kara learned their son T.J. would be born with a severe congenital heart defect – hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) – they faced all the emotion, challenges and decisions that are only known by parents of severely ill children. They instantly committed to giving their child the best chance at life, providing him access to the finest doctors, treatment and technology at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital. As a result of the Olsen Family’s experience, the Greg Olsen Foundation—Receptions for Research—partnered with Carolinas HealthCare Foundation to establish The HEARTest Yard Fund. The HEARTest Yard initiative is a family service program at LCH that helps to make the transition from the hospital to the home much easier for families of infants affected by congenital heart disease. A key focus of the program is to help prevent complications and readmissions to the hospital between a patient’s progressive stages of recovery.
Since 1994, Rite Aid’s annual Miracle Balloon campaign and other fundraising efforts have raised millions of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The creativity and commitment from store managers and associates is evident in the golf tournaments, garage sales, car washes and numerous other events that benefit the 117 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the communities where Rite Aid does business. Locally, approximately 85 Rite Aid locations, including a distribution center, fundraise for Levine Children’s Hospital.
Speedway has been a partner of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals since 1991, including Levine Children’s Hospital locally. Since then, Speedway has raised millions of dollars for CMN hospitals nationwide. Speedway supports CMN Hospitals from the top-down, involving senior leadership as well store managers and associates. CMN Hospitals is Speedway’s single charitable focus within store operations, and we are grateful that Levine Children’s Hospital patients benefit from their employees’ and customers’ extraordinary generosity.
Speedway Children's Charities
Speedway Children’s Charities have long shown their commitment to Levine Children’s Hospital, beginning with their generous gift to the hospital’s Dare to Dream campaign in 2007. Their support has continued since that time, including the organization’s generous sponsorship of the Levine Children’s Gala—the signature fundraising event benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. Because of their support, children and families at LCH now have access to the latest in specially designed facilities, equipment and treatments, as well as extensive Child Life and family resource programs.
Spirit Halloween (Spirit of Children)
As the country’s largest seasonal Halloween retailer, Spirit Halloween knows all about the power of Halloween: the excitement, the imagination, the fantasy, thrills, and chills. Since 2008, through its Spirit of Children Program, Spirit Halloween has brought that magic to patients at Levine Children’s Hospital. In addition to outfitting a group of Carolina Panther rookies, who visit patients on Halloween each year, Spirit Halloween store associates distribute costumes to patients and provide decorations, face painting, and costume parades for children and families at the hospital to enjoy. Most importantly, Spirit Halloween raises funds throughout the year to support the hospital’s Child Life Program.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been a supporter of Levine Cancer Institute breast cancer programs since 2005 through the Charlotte affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. These funds are used to support services for patients being screened for, or battling, breast cancer, including mammograms and rehabilitative programs for underserved women in the region.
Swim Across America
Swim Across America, which supports cancer research at the most highly recognized hospitals and institutions across the country, began raising funds for Levine Cancer Institute in 2017. Swim Across America hosts charity swimming events nationwide to raise funds for clinical research aimed at decreasing instances of relapse among patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The organization’s motto is: Making Waves to Fight Cancer.
The NC-based company Unicon has been a loyal supporter of Levine Children’s Hospital for many years, raising funds through their annual charity golf tournament.
The Jimmy V Foundation, based in Cary, NC, has provided substantial grant support for a Levine Cancer Institute research study focused on non-small cell lung cancer.
Walmart and Sam's Club
Walmart and Sam’s Club have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Levine Children’s Hospital for many years. Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have raised more than $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Levine Children’s Hospital is named in honor of Walmart and Sam’s Club.
The Wells Fargo Foundation has granted significant funding in support of the Disparities in Cancer Care Program at Levine Cancer Institute to help eliminate the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities. In addition, the Foundation has generously supported the Tarwater Endowment for Spiritual Care & Education, recognizing former Carolinas HealthCare System CEO Michael Tarwater’s distinguished service to CHS and enhancing our excellent chaplaincy programs.
Also, since 2010, Champions for Education, Inc.—the non-profit host organization that operates the Wells Fargo Championship—has donated several hundred thousand dollars to the Levine Children’s Hospital to fund clinical cancer research efforts, making Wells Fargo Championship a founding member of the Carolinas Kids Cancer Research Coalition.