Breast health fund formed in honor of retiring Lee Health leader
The annual Lee Health Foundation Fashion for Cancer event took an exciting turn when a $100,000 community challenge gift was announced to name the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund. Sharon MacDonald is the chief administrative officer of Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center. Minutes before the announcement, Lee Health President Jim Nathan announced Ms. MacDonald would be retiring at the end of May.
“With the same energy, drive, vision, clinical coordination and community collaboration that it took to lead Lee Health’s efforts to raise $100 million for a regional children’s hospital, Sharon MacDonald has been the driving force behind the vision of our community’s regional cancer center, which is among the largest cancer centers in Florida,” said Mr. Nathan.
“The trustees of the John E. & Aliese Price Foundation are happy to honor Sharon MacDonald for her outstanding achievements which have brought state-of-the-art cancer care to our area,” said Kenneth P. Walker, CEO and president of the John E. & Aliese Price Foundation.
“By making this $100,000 matching grant to establish the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund, women who cannot afford to pay for medical services will still be able to receive cancer care. We encourage friends and colleagues, and all who have benefited from the Lee Health Cancer Center to contribute to this fund and help ensure that women will not be denied care because of inability to pay.”
Mr. Walker has had a special interest in supporting programs for cancer care since losing his first wife to cancer 24 years ago at Lee Memorial Hospital, and just last year saw his daughter face the devastating effects of breast cancer. He met MacDonald several years ago when she was developing the Regional Cancer Center and was impressed with her strong commitment to improving cancer care for our area.
Funds may be used to underwrite the cost of diagnostics, treatment, chemotherapy, radiation, medication and other care/services needed to promote successful patient outcomes.
The gift calls for community-wide support to match the donation and double the impact to this fund by May 15, just shy of Ms. MacDonald’s retirement.
To support the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund, please visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/Donate. ¦