Letter from Board President

LETTER FROM CSPA BOARD PRESIDENT TOM BATES:

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.

Through this year of uncertainty, we were grateful for all the encouragement to remain focused on connecting survivors in our community. We saw many visitors enjoying the outdoor spaces in the park while safely distancing. Despite the challenges of this year, we pushed forward adding new elements to the park and converted our programs to safe virtual options that we could not have done without your support.

During the next year, you will see even more new developments in the park. CSPA will launch an online educational program where anyone can share their cancer story. In-park “Healing Stations” will be built and aligned with this online platform to give visitors an interactive experience. New sculptures will be added to the park in early 2021 with park signage soon after.  You can be a part of helping these exciting projects come to life.

The support of our community continues to be critical to our mission. We remain eternally grateful to all those who have patiently supported CSPA through our evolution and now the pandemic. To learn more about our 2020 accomplishments and our plans moving forward, view our year-end newsletter.

You are making new avenues of healing possible for all of those touched by cancer and those who visit Cancer Survivors Park. Although not always easy, we hope you will join us on our journey to provide hope and healing to all who visit the park.

Please consider CSPA as a worthy recipient of your charitable contribution. Call (864) 255-5010 or email info@cancersurvivorspark.org to support CSPA and it’s programs.

Warmest wishes,

Tom Bates

CSPA Board President