A dedication event was held Thursday at the Cancer Survivors Park (CSP) to celebrate the naming of the Clement’s Kindness Children’s Garden in honor of William F. Schmidt III, MD. Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children donated $250,000 for the construction of the Children’s Garden.
William F. Schmidt III, MD is the medical director of the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) and vice president of development for the GHS Health Sciences Center. He is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, earning his medical degree from Duke University.
In addition to his roles with GHS, Schmidt serves in a leadership capacity for a number of professional organizations. Currently, he is a member of the executive committee of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House and Institute for Child Success. He is past president of the GHS Medical Staff and founding member and current president of the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative.
Clement’s Kindness addresses the medical, psychological, social, emotional and financial needs of Upstate families impacted by pediatric cancer and other serious blood disorders. Clement’s Kindness works closely with the BI-LO® Charities Children’s Cancer Center at Greenville Health System to provide patients and families access to first-class facilities, critical support programs and ongoing financial assistance.
“Clement’s Kindness is thrilled to support the Cancer Survivor’s Park with the funding of the Children’s Garden in honor of Dr. Schmidt, celebrating his leadership and commitment to providing premier health care to children in our community,” said Suzy Haynsworth, board president of Clement’s Kindness. “The park is a wonderful retreat for our community, and we are excited to be a part of it.”
“I am honored and humbled to have my name connected to Clement’s Kindness and the Cancer Survivor’s Park,” said Schmidt. “These organizations have done so much for our community, and I am so grateful to be a small part of their success.”
The Clement’s Kindness Children’s Garden in honor of Schmidt is located on 15,000 square feet of land in the Cancer Survivors Park between the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the Reedy River near the Church Street Bridge. The two-level garden’s central feature is a 4-foot by 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Charles Pate, Jr., titled “Fear Not” and is a small child drawing courage from the protective embrace of a majestic lion. Two distinct entrances lead into a space with benches and a swing to encourage a playful and hopeful atmosphere.
“The Cancer Survivors Park Alliance is delighted and especially grateful to have Clement’s Kindness as a special partner in bringing the CSP Children’s Garden to the Upstate community,” said Kay Roper, executive director of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance. “Their gift of naming this space in honor of Dr. Schmidt celebrates the unique passion and healing each brings to our community. Over 800,000 trail and park visitors will enjoy the gift of this healing space each year for the littlest of patients who show the greatest of courage in their battle against cancer.”
About Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children
Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children was established at the Community Foundation of Greenville to help address the medical, psychological, social, emotional, and financial needs of Upstate families impacted by pediatric cancer and other serious blood disorders. The fund provides assistance to families facing the tremendous challenges surrounding a child’s diagnosis, treatment, and recovery through the administering of discretionary funds, psychological counseling, travel and living expenses and out-of-pocket costs.
About the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance
What started as a high school senior’s project to build a small healing garden for cancer patients has grown into a 6.8 acre Cancer Survivors Park (CSP) that will provide transformational public access to cancer health education and resources in a healing space along downtown Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail. The Cancer Survivors Park Alliance (CSPA) is a 501 (C)(3) organization whose vision is to change the way we live with cancer by engaging, educating, empowering, and enhancing the lives of anyone touched by cancer, and to ensure the sustainability of the it’s signature project, CSP, as the central venue for carrying out that mission.