Letter From Our President
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain
Just think, you have spoken the universal language of kindness through your gifts and, my, what you have accomplished! You have reached out to children, cancer patients, hospice families in need and touched each and every community where MSHA has a presence. Below, I will share with you a brief summary of activities taking place, but please bear in mind, none of these wonderful endeavors would have happened without you!
We are now in the public phase of the Radiation Oncology Capital Campaign, having raised $3,500,000 through various events, individual and corporate
gifts and grants. We are halfway there with the task at hand of being able to raise funds for the Tru Beam Linear Accelerator. This will offer cutting-edge technology not yet available in this region to treat patients. Everyone has been touched in some way by this disease, and I am confident that we will see a community open wide their hearts to complete the remaining $3,500,000 needed.
Here are other highlights for your reflection which can be best described by Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!”
- The Spirit Gala was another smashing success, and in partnership with ChampionChevrolet, we once again raised over$200,000 to benefit Radiation OncologyServices.
- We contributed nearly $2 million to MSHA for various projects and causes includingNiswonger Children’s Hospital, HelpingHands Program, Team Member EmergencyFund, Grateful Patient Program recognizingphysicians and caregivers, as well asthe HeartCoach, Franklin Fitness Center,Organizational Development, Parish Nursingand cardiovascular and oncology services.
- Our first ever regional radiothon raisedover $110,000 from 482 donors to benefitNiswonger Children’s Hospital.
- The 7th Annual Dragon Boat Festival was another successful event with 36 boats netting just over $102,000 in donations andsponsorships all going to Radiation Oncology.
- We received nearly $14,000 from license plate sales to purchase toys for pediatricsurgery patients.
- Our foundation received notification of a $750,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.
- We celebrated new events in each community,raising over $600,000 for local hospitals.
- Our most successful Niswonger Golf Classic, featured sports stars and celebrity golfers along with our first celebrity concert Par-Tee, netted $500,000 to benefitNiswonger Children’s Hospital.
As you can see, we have had an amazingly busy, successful year which has enabled us to reach out to countless patients and families as well as raise money for the future of the Cancer Center at Johnson City Medical Center . . . what an honor to partner with you as we focus on “Changing Lives Through Giving” . . .