About the Donors
Tom and Karen Chapman have both been touched by cancer in too many ways. Tom lost his first wife to cancer. As her caregiver, he felt so frustrated at times trying to find resources to help her on her cancer journey. Years after she passed away, Tom was diagnosed with cancer himself. This time he was the patient, and his wife Karen was his caregiver. Karen has also been a caregiver for another close family member. Tom and Karen know all too well the life-changing challenges faced by both cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Because of their personal cancer journeys, Tom and Karen Chapman contributed a $100,000 gift to Georgia CORE – the Center for Oncology Research and Education to develop the Cancer Survivorship Connection. This is a statewide, interactive online cancer survivorship center to enhance access to information and resources for cancer survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The overall goal of the Cancer Survivorship Connection is to create one space where survivorship information, navigation, tools, and support are available in order to improve the quality of life for the 410,740 cancer survivors in Georgia.
Thomas C. Chapman - 2014 Philanthropist of the Year