Reflections on an Unprecedented Year
Read the letters below from Novant Health and foundation leadership as we look back on the heroism and hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team members braved every unexpected challenge with open hearts and ready hands, leading to extraordinary tales of problems solved, unforgettable moments, fearless resolve and lives transformed.
2020: A Year in Review
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2020 Philanthropic Summary
Together, we fought a pandemic. Together, we gave hope. Together, we cared. Together, we grew. Together, we took a stand.
In addition to the community supporting our team, our team has supported one another once again through Giving. Serving. Together., our fundraising campaign for team members, despite the hardships of 2020. Team members gave more than $1.2 million to support each other and local nonprofits.
Celebrating Remarkable Stories
Join us in celebrating our healthcare heroes and the remarkable impact made by Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center team members in 2020, right here in our community.
The past two months have been the busiest of Heather Egan’s entire career. She’s always worked with nonprofits, raising the necessary funds to support their work and their mission. And she’s long been driven by passion.
When you walk into the kitchen of Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center, you might find a cup of coffee, a cookie or a sandwich. But if James Blount is there, you’ll find something else when you need it most: a friend.
The first time Tammy Coulter was diagnosed with cancer, she had no signs or symptoms. A routine mammogram had turned up stage 0 ductal carcinoma — a cancer she couldn’t see or touch.
Eight years ago, Susan Pfefferkorn went in for a routine mammogram at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Susan was no stranger to breast cancer. She’d lost a college friend to the disease back in the 1980s, and her mother had been diagnosed post-menopause. As a result, Susan had always been proactive.
Dr. Patricia Flowers was religious about her mammograms. She had been since she turned 32. Then, in the summer of 2014, she found a lump in her breast. Her annual mammogram was just a few weeks away, but she decided to move it up.
Thompson had a mammogram the previous December. She’d kept up with regular, at-home breast exams. She had lost two aunts to breast cancer. A mother of three, she knew she had to be proactive, so she was.
Karen Morning Roseboro, chief officer for choice and magnet schools for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, is celebrating four years as a breast cancer survivor, and her journey began with her first-ever mammogram at the age of 40.
Optimism makes a huge difference in the lives of others.
Sharon Harrington discusses her role at Novant Health Foundation and the profound impact of planned giving.
In October, we talk a lot about breast cancer survivors. Patty Donoghue is a survivor of a different kind. She had a difficult childhood, part of which was spent in foster care. Her last years in high school put her through a lot. She managed to graduate, but from a nonaccredited children’s home.
Retired Novant Health oncologist, Dr. Elms Allen and his wife, Harriet, receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Elms Allen and Mrs. Harriet Allen were recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Triad Chapter.
Of all the things the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away, Rayvon Mitchell misses hugs the most. Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant, works as a curbside assistant at Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Institute.
Randy Brantley is a rare breed. While most people fall into the work of grant-seeking, Brantley, grants director at Novant Health Foundation, chose it.
At Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, we are advocates for the power of mammograms for every woman, regardless of her ability to pay. That’s why we work every day to increase access to mammograms for under and uninsured women across our region.