As a physician, I am keenly aware that cancer treatments can be terribly debilitating—and a huge financial drain on families. What happens when patients leave my medical oncology office at the University of Tennessee Medical Center? Who’s taking care of our patients? Who is going grocery shopping or cleaning the house? Who is driving our patients to chemotherapy? Is there money to pay for childcare?
L5 Foundation was born so that people can empower themselves—and so that people can focus on their faith, hope, determination, strength, and passion as they face cancer.
L5’s mission is to take care of people in their greatest time of need. L5 helps to provide temporary support and a much-needed safety net for cancer patients by distributing funds to organizations focused on essential and basic patient care.
Our first year has been a great success—thanks to your generous support. Your donation to L5 Foundation demonstrates a real commitment to enabling patients during their most difficult of times.
With continued support from across the giving East Tennessee community, we will reach our goals of continuing to provide support and make significant community impact—for 2016 and beyond.
During 2015 we firmly established an outstanding Board of Directors. I thank the L5 Board—Chris Baker, Carol Bryant, Rick Giecek, Jerri Perfetto, Terry Turner, and Melissa White—for their dedication to L5’s mission.
In January 2015, L5 worked with Bruce Pearl, head basketball coach of the University of Auburn and former head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, on “Pearl Jam on Tour,” an event dedicated to supporting a scholarship in Coach Pearl’s name at Camp Koinonia, an outdoor program for children with disabilities.
In July, L5 (in conjunction with the Bruce Pearl Foundation) donated $20,000 in gifts to five East Tennessee-based charities, including Camp Koinonia, the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and the Thompson Cares Fund at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation.
Both events garnered extensive television and newspaper coverage throughout Knoxville—and provided enormous momentum for the future.
In October, L5 hosted a successful Foundation Fundraising Dinner and Auction at the home of David and Carol Bryant—featuring top Southern chefs and wine and the unveiling of a handcrafted Live Five Medallion designed by renowned local jewelry artist Melody Stallings in collaboration with Kimball’s Jewelers.
Proceeds from the Dinner and Auction will go to benefit The Caring Plate and Angels of Hope. The Caring Plate works to provide cancer patients with healthy and nutritious meals. Angels of Hope provides food baskets for patients and their families going through treatment during the holiday season.
I am with cancer patients every day—at the most vulnerable times in their lives—and I know about the financial and emotional burdens that occur during cancer treatments. The five core values of L5—the faith to believe, the hope to endure, the determination to overcome, the strength to survive, and the passion to win—remain at the forefront of our work.
Thank you again for your support. I hope you will continue to join us on our journey.
A Thank You – and Update – from Susan M. Newman