The DCH Foundation Receives $2.5 Million Donation from Community Member
The DCH Foundation’s Help & Hope Patient Assistance Fund recently received a $2.5 million donation from Marie Bloodworth’s estate.
The Help & Hope Fund provides financial assistance to current Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center patients struggling to make ends meet while undergoing treatment. This includes assistance with medications, household bills and transportation to and from treatment.
“Mrs. Bloodworth’s gift is transformative to our community and specifically to the Help and Hope Fund beneficiaries,” said Molly Ingram, DCH Health System vice president of development. “This gift will allow us to expand the efforts of Help and Hope in many ways. We will be able to continue helping patients directly and also support medical and technological advances in the Manderson Cancer Center itself.”
In honor of Bloodworth’s philanthropic efforts, The DCH Foundation plans to name the former Easter Seals building in her memory. The building is currently being renovated, and The DCH Foundation will relocate to the Marie Bloodworth Building in the summer of 2019. Other DCH Health System offices, including DCH Home Health, will move into the building this fall.
Bloodworth was born on April 29, 1923 in Tuscaloosa and passed away on Nov. 14, 2016. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1940.
In addition to her gift to The DCH Foundation, Mrs. Bloodworth left $2.5 million to other organizations in the Tuscaloosa community, including Turning Point, Salvation Army, Caring Days, Hospice of West Alabama and the American Heart Association.