Atlanta, Ga. (March 3, 2014) – Dozens of grateful participants—family, friends, physicians and healthcare leaders—gathered on Feb. 19 at Piedmont’s Cancer Wellness facility in Atlanta to honor former Equifax Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Chapman and his wife Karen, for their commitment to cancer care across Georgia. Staff and patients at Piedmont’s Cancer Wellness facilities in Fayetteville and Newnan were teleconferenced in to say their thanks.
During the celebration, Piedmont unveiled the new name for its Cancer Wellness program—Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, which offers free, supportive services and programs to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment was received. Professionally led programs include yoga classes, expressive arts classes, cooking demonstrations, counseling and more.
“It is only fitting that we honor Tom and Karen by naming our cancer wellness program after them,” said John Goodman, Piedmont executive director for oncology services. “The Chapmans have shown their belief in and commitment to Piedmont’s oncology programs over the last eight years through donations that total nearly two million dollars.”
Chapman, who lost his first wife to cancer in 2003 and is a cancer survivor himself, supported the initial development of Cancer Wellness at Piedmont to help others avoid the challenges his family experienced as patient and caregiver. Since the first gift in 2006, the Chapman family has helped Piedmont serve its communities better by providing cancer patient navigators, enhancing the practice of oncology nursing, supporting oncology patients with limited finances through Piedmont’s Oncology Action Fund and growing Cancer Wellness programs. Their most recent gift is providing the construction for the soon-to-be-open Cancer Wellness facility at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
“Our family knows the benefits of Cancer Wellness programming and wants to ensure that patients and families battling cancer have access to these vital services,” Tom Chapman said. “We believe in giving back to the community and know that funding this initiative will improve the lives of thousands.”
As a not-for-profit entity, Piedmont is grateful for the generosity of hundreds of donors who have enabled the health system to offer high quality cancer care and support programs to the communities it serves. Cancer Wellness programs, in particular, are solely funded by gifts and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information about Cancer Wellness at Piedmont or to make a donation in support of the program, visit piedmont.org.