The new American Cancer Society Regional Center, C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family Building in Norwalk, CT, was officially opened with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 26, 2011. The 13,500-square-foot building is prominently located alongside I-95 in Norwalk, and includes the Nicholas and Anita Mercede Quality of Life Center and the Purdue Pharma Patient Resource Room. The facility provides space for support groups, community education, and volunteer training, as well as free patient services, nutritional counseling, multilingual materials, wigs, and prostheses.
Our Impact . . .
Here are four stories that illustrate how we are helping cancer patients in Connecticut:
· A Bridgeport teen in treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma at Yale visited our office after learning that we provide free wigs for cancer patients. Planning for her prom, she wanted everything to be just right. She was delighted with the new wig we were able to give her and she wears it all the time. She recently celebrated her 18th birthday.
· An employee from the neighboring building called us shortly after learning his mother would need daily radiation treatments for six weeks. The family was overwhelmed by the diagnosis and struggling to coordinate her transportation. He was relieved to discover that our volunteer drivers were available to drive his mom to and from the hospital, every day, throughout her treatment.
· A Wilton caregiver read about our new location in the Norwalk Hour shortly after losing her husband to cancer. Recalling her own experience, she offered her services as a volunteer, hoping to ease the journey for other patients and families. As a transportation coordinator, she knows she can make a difference every day.
· Following a cancer diagnosis, a Rowayton woman moved in with her sister and began preparing for treatment at Dana-Farber in Boston. With more questions than answers, she called our office, hoping someone would be able to offer her assistance. She was grateful to learn about the Resource Center and hopes to be able to stay at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston when she travels to Boston for treatment.
Our History . . .
At the Norwalk ribbon-cutting, from the left: Don Gudaitis, Adam Whittingham, Robyn Whittingham, Andrew Whittingham, Mrs. Jean Whittingham, Michael Whittingham, Terran Whittingham, Paul Whittingham, Steve Folb, and Honorable Richard A. Moccia, Mayor of the City of Norwalk.
In 2008, the Nicholas and Anita Mercede Foundation pledged $250,000 to the regional center and challenged others to meet it. The C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family not only matched it, they decided to increase their donation to $1 million in order to name the building. The Whittingham Family Foundation Inc. is a major supporter of area health care institutions, including the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and Stamford Health Foundation.
The Bauer Family Foundation donated $100,000 to name the elevator bank in honor of their late son-in-law Duncan Toll. Additional support came from the Culpeper Foundation, and the Gault and Haave families.
We still have more than $1 million to go to reach our $4.8 million goal for the project. Click here to view the naming opportunities that are still available.
For additional information, please contact Gayle Alswanger at 203.563.1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.