Jack Chadwick, president of Spring Run Charitable Foundation (right), presents a check to Al Kinkle, chairman of Barbara’s Friends

Foundation’s Total Giving to Barbara’s Friends Tops $177,000

Spring Run Charitable Foundation once again used the success of their annual Spring Run Charity Classic to help local children with cancer by making a $20,000 donation to Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund.

This year marked the 10th Annual Spring Run Charity Classic which included chance drawings, the golf tournament, as well as silent and live auctions. The event supports several local charities in addition to Barbara’s Friends. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Spring Run residents and a record total of 77 businesses and neighborhoods supporting the event, the Foundation was able to expand the number of charities receiving donations in 2017 including several others among Barbara’s Friends.

Spring Run, located in Bonita Springs, has supported Barbara’s Friends since 2008.  This latest gift brings the total amount donated to Barbara’s Friends to more than $177,000.  Gifts have been used to construct pediatric cancer patient care rooms in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, set to open on May 10.

For more than 20 years, Barbara’s Friends has supported lifesaving cancer care at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program is one of just nine such centers designated by the State of Florida and is the only program of its kind in Southwest Florida. Serving over 3,500 patients since opening, vital services are provided to all children and no child is denied treatment or turned away as a result of their family’s inability to pay for care.

Young patients and families battling cancer and life-threatening blood disorders face many challenges physically, emotionally and financially. Donations made to Barbara’s Friends provide equipment, medical services, therapeutic activities, and financial assistance so families can focus on helping their kids get well. To learn more about Barbara’s Friends or to make a gift, contact Lee Health Foundation at (239) 343-6950 or visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/BarbarasFriends.



Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, named a “Top Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group in 2016, is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Part of Lee Health, the children’s hospital opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. In 2012, the hospital was renamed Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida after B. Thomas Golisano’s generous donation to the capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. The new, 300,000-square-foot, 128-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital, is set to open in the spring of 2017. For more information, visit GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.


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