Letter from Board President


Cancer affects nearly all of us - patients facing cancer now, those walking beside them or those who have lost someone and seek to celebrate their legacy. We are survivors.

I joined CSPA Board of Directors in 2015 during my daughter’s brave and hard fought battle with colon cancer. Although Lindsey lost the earthly battle, her legacy continues for all survivors. I became CSPA president last year to help promote the CSPA vision to “Change the way we live with cancer”. Led by past president and CSPA Founder, Diane Gluck, current and past boards along with community partners have paved the way to impact and enhance the lives of survivors in a most unique way. We are currently transitioning from the design and building stage of our organization to providing access to life enhancing survivorship programs.

Collaborating with private and public partners and Upstate cancer agencies, 97% of total CSPA expenses go towards programs. During this past 2017-18 year, approximately 85% of expenses were for construction of the Cancer Survivors Park (CSP) – the central venue for carrying out our mission to engage, educate, empower and enhance the lives of survivors. In this next year, funds will go towards incorporating elements that will allow expanded use of the park to include benches, signage, and educational and supportive survivorship programs.

I invite you to visit the Cancer Survivors Park – a very special place in the heart of downtown Greenville designed to help promote hope and healing. This unique space is located on 6.8 acres along the Swamp Rabbit Trail connecting Falls Park with Cleveland Park with a central Center for Hope & Healing surrounded by beautiful gardens and spaces of respite, reflection and hope. The Park is now a part of the Greenville Parks and Recreational program for the enjoyment of all.

While we appreciate the generous lead donors who allowed us to attain 92% of our fundraising goal, we need your help to reach our goal, support hands on programs for survivors and create an endowment to ensure CSPA will be part of the Greenville landscape for generations to come. During this holiday season, please consider CSPA as a worthy recipient of your charitable contribution. Call (864) 255-5010 to support CSPA and it’s programs.

Warmest wishes,

Tom Bates

CSPA Board President

We have accomplished a lot this year!