Sue Walker Boutique now open to cancer patients
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (September 13, 2010)—The “Big C” is getting smaller as generous businesses and individuals step forward to help grow the new Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Center. The new Sue Walker Boutique is now fulfilling the needs of patients, thanks to a generous gift by Fayetteville residents Doug and Debbie Walker and Barney and Sue Walker.
“This is a major step for Cancer Wellness in Fayette County,” said LaVann Landrum, director of Philanthropy for Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “So many lives will be affected in positive ways, thanks to the generosity of the Walker family. The Sue Walker Boutique is a valuable resource for those fighting cancer and a permanent reminder of the commitment of generous friends here in Fayette County.”
Doug Walker has lived in Fayetteville all his life. His family founded Walker Concrete in 1953. After taking the lead in the late 70s, Mr. Walker helped turn the business into one of the most successful concrete businesses in the Atlanta area.
After selling the business in 2008, Walker enjoys spending more time with his family. Family is important to Walker, and that’s a good thing. He and his wife Debbie have four daughters, and their first granddaughter was born at Piedmont Fayette Hospital this spring.
Walker's parents, Barney and Sue, are still a guiding influence for the entire family. Growing up with nine sisters and brothers, Sue Walker learned early on the value of sharing. Her caring and generous nature is something that has carried on throughout her family.
“If you are thinking about other folks, it makes your life a lot happier,” said Doug Walker. “That’s a lesson we learned from mom and dad.”
These days, Sue Walker likes to spend her time visiting new friends at local nursing homes and hospitals around Fayetteville. For many years, she has quietly and humbly done so much to help others while setting an example for the rest of her family.
Upon hearing about the new Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Center and Cancer Wellness, the Walker family saw an opportunity to carry on the family tradition of sharing. The family made a major gift to the hospital allowing the dedication of the new Sue Walker Boutique in honor of their mother. The boutique offers a wide selection of wigs and prosthesis for cancer patients.
“She has always been a person who cares about other people,” says Doug Walker. “She is also very humble. She was very shy about us putting her name up on that door. But we wanted to do something for mom because she’s always doing something for someone else.”
Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Fayette Hospital recognizes that treatment is more than just surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Cancer is a highly complex disease that affects the whole person. Recovery is different for each case and each individual.
The Cancer Wellness programming includes a resource library, Wellness Cafe for regular cooking demonstrations that focuses on diets for cancer prevention or coping with cancer, group activity rooms hosting a variety of free events as well as counseling and spiritual support from highly qualified staff.
The Cancer Center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital would not have been possible without the generous philanthropic support of the community. To learn more about some of the individuals and organizations that helped make this center possible, visit facebook.com/PiedmontFayetteHospital.
For more information on the center including a complete listing of upcoming wellness programs, visit piedmontfayette.org/littlec.