One Masterful Evening for Kids with Cancer, a reception and fundraising dinner featuring Master Sommelier Fred Dame, raised $240,000 to fight childhood cancer – finding sponsors in a single night for six of the eight pediatric cancer patient rooms at the new Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah. That stand-alone children’s hospital is now under construction on the campus of Memorial University Medical Center. The eight grateful young patients and their families who were featured at the event drove home the regional nature of cancer treatment. Memorial hosts the only pediatric cancer resources in the region, and makes it possible for children from a surrounding 35-county area in southeast Georgia and the nearby South Carolina low country to receive treatment within striking distance of their homes. Among those patients are Anna Hays Polk, 7, daughter of Jody and Rett Polk of Statesboro, who was treated for leukemia; Mariela Villia, 18, of Lyons, who was treated for leukemia; Hunter Stanfield, 13, of Glennville, who was treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Maci Varnell, 17, daughter of Ronnie and Terri Varnell of Brooklet, treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and Harlee Whitley, 9, of Baxley, treated for rhabdomyosarcoma. The young Savannah patients featured were Rachel Kavlie, 5, daughter of Lucas and Kerry Kavlie, treated for leukemia; David Pamplona, son of the Rev. Jessee and Victoria Pamplona, diagnosed at age 11 with a brain tumor; and Derrick Chisholm, son of Utesia Chisholm, treated for an optic tumor.
If you were unable to attend the event and want to contribute, please call (912) 350- 2780 or go to www.memorialhealth.com/foundation.