ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital announced the total amount of money that was raised in 2018 that will benefit the hospital. A portion of these funds will go to different projects around the hospital.
The Phoebe Foundation raised a total of $1.68 million in 2018.
Carolyn Higgins, the president and chief fundraising officer, said that a huge portion of the money will go to help support their cancer patients.
“Quite a bit of the funds that were raised were for the Light House, which will go towards the benefit of our cancer patients who have to travel great distances to come to Albany to get their care,” explained Higgins.
The Light House is a place where cancer patients can go to stay between treatments or days, but Higgins said it has been unusable since 2017.
“It was irreparably damaged in the storms of 2017, so it has been unusable since. So, we desperately need it,” said Higgins.
Higgins said renovations to the Light House will benefit current and future cancer patients.
“Unfortunately, we have had to put patients up in hotel rooms, which is not the most convenient for them. We really want them to be closer to the actual hospital," said Higgins.
Higgins said that all of the money that the hospital raises goes towards helping patients.
“Dollars that we raise go straight back to the hospital to directly benefit care. We have stories upon stories of patients who are so grateful for the care that they received, not only from Phoebe, but from the support that they get from the foundation for their needs," explained Higgins.
Higgins said she looks forward to all the money that will be raised in 2019.