Stories of Exceptional Giving
John Currin, Former Alamance Regional Medical Center CEO
“I feel the Foundation is an important part of what makes Alamance Regional the caring and human organization that it is. Even though I’m not walking across the parking lot, not walking the halls anymore, a big part of my heart is still with Alamance Regional and always will be. Thanks for supporting the Foundation.”
Ashlei Williamson, Environmental Service Department Manager, Alamance Regional Medical Center
“Some of my employees have received help from the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation. My employees were really happy to know that there was help when they ran into unexpected troubles in their time of need. I think it’s really important to give to the Employee Assistance Fund, due to the fact that you work next to people each day and you don’t know what they’re going through.”
After both he and his wife were treated for cancer in Florida, where he was living at the time, Richard Mansell began volunteering at the infusion center at the hospital where they’d received care. When he moved to Greensboro a few years later – in the fall of 2016 – to be closer to his son, one of the first things he did was start volunteering at the infusion center at Cone. A retired botany professor, it wasn’t long before he also became involved in the healing gardens.
“I’m in love with the gardens, with Wesley Long, and the nurses I work with are absolutely the most wonderful people. We really see eye to eye, and I love helping them and working with them.”
In addition to volunteering, Richard has also donated a bench to the healing gardens.
Porter Aichele received treatment for breast cancer at Cone, and says her experience was incredibly positive. Not only was her treatment superb, she says, but all the people she encountered at Cone were caring, giving, compassionate, and consummate professionals.
After her treatment, she became a volunteer with the Alight Program – the portion of the hospital dedicated to breast cancer care – and also helped to make the healing gardens a reality. She ultimately dedicated an area of the healing gardens in memory of her late husband, and enjoys watching patients and staff members use the gardens as a peaceful escape from the realities of the hospital.
“I grew up with the idea that people who can give back, should. There’s nothing inherently positive about breast cancer, but the treatment I received was. I knew I wanted to give back, having been given so much.”
Vicky Alston gives back to Cone because the hospital treated her husband’s cancer several years ago, and she was incredibly impressed by the quality of care he received and the wonderful support she, as his caregiver, experienced in the process.
“I love giving back to the hospital because they gave so much to us. They always took a special interest in us, and so being able to give back after all they’ve done for us is so special.”
Vicky has served on the Annie Penn Foundation Board for nine years, and enjoys supporting all of the Foundation’s initiatives.
Ellen Campbell and her husband both experienced care at Cone’s Annie Penn campus firsthand: her for treatment of a kidney stone, and him for cancer.
Having moved to Reidsville from Baltimore, Ellen was struck by what a strong role the hospital played in her new community, and wanted to give back.
“It’s amazing to have this full-service, terrific hospital in this small community. I feel so honored that I can give back. As a donor, you feel like you’re an individual here.”
Ellen serves on the Annie Penn Foundation Board and plans to include the hospital in her will as a legacy gift.