Why give to ETMC?

The ETMC Foundation represents the wonderful spirit of caring and community that exists between our health system and those it serves. For more than 60 years, our foundation has provided a means for others to lend their support to ETMC’s mission of hope, health and healing.

The ETMC Regional Healthcare System is a not-for-profit organization. For this reason, every dollar we receive in charitable support frees up a dollar that ETMC can provide to health services. Gifts of any size are welcomed throughout the year and are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Many gifts to the ETMC Foundation are unrestricted, meaning that they can be applied to any needs within our scope of care. However, our donors frequently contribute to a cause that meets their interests and passions for a healthier East Texas. The quotes and profiles below illustrate why others give, with hopes that you, too, will participate in our mission by giving to the ETMC Foundation.

Honoring a friend and colleague

Dr. Sherilyn Willis and Patrick Willis were elated to support the 2010 Pink Ribbon Giveaway, an annual ETMC event for breast cancer survivors. Their sponsorship was especially meaningful as they honored Dr. Michael J. Klouda (center), medical director of the ETMC Breast Care Center since 1999.

Cops Crushing Cancer


“Whenever we had a rough day, we just remembered the people fighting cancer and what they go through.”
—Allan Crosby

Allan and his sister, Audrey Crosby Spies, walked across Texas in 2011 to raise funds for the ETMC Cancer Institute. The Cops Crushing Cancer walk honored their sister, Jacqueline Crosby Mazzola of the Dallas Police Department, who lost her life to colon cancer.

Leaving a legacy


“After what Mary went through, we saw how many people are affected by cancer. It was our desire to do something here at ETMC that would help cancer patients in our community.”
—Wayne Poindexter, at the ribbon-cutting of the Mary and Wayne Poindexter Patient Care Unit, located on 6 North at ETMC Tyler.

The Poindexters left a lasting legacy to ETMC through a $5 million gift for the new unit, as well as the Poindexter Patient Care Fund that assists individual patients with financial difficulties during their cancer treatment.

Helping cancer patients become cancer survivors

Robyn Rogers and The Rogers Foundation have generously supported the ETMC Foundation, including its cancer programs. As a cancer survivor, Mrs. Rogers has provided gifts to help meet patient needs at the ETMC Cancer Institute. Here she celebrates with the first ETMC cancer patient to ring Robyn’s Bell – a beautiful brass bell that ETMC named in honor of Robyn and her legacy of support for our cancer programs and patients.

Honoring a family’s legacy

Dr. Rex Law surprised his wife Sharon (center couple) with funding for the Memorial Chapel located in the new ETMC Pittsburg. The gift honors both of their fathers, Dr. Dr. James W. Coldsnow and Billy B. Law.

Kids Helping Kids

Brook Hill kindergarten student Brett Lee Bellar and her class presented ETMC with 138 stuffed animals to give to children at the hospital. Bellar, the daughter of ETMC team member Kristen Bellar, helped get the word out and set a goal of collecting 100 teddy bears, which she quickly surpassed. Misty Pace, sexual assault nurse examiner for ETMC, accepted the bears on the hospital’s behalf for distribution to pediatric patients in the emergency department.

Giving help and hope to trauma patients


“This is a phenomenal facility that is dedicated to helping people when they are most in need. I am always amazed at the dedication and skill of the physicians, nurses, other caregivers and support personnel who make this their mission in life.

The Rogers Foundation is grateful to ETMC for taking care of all of us in Tyler and East Texas. In addition, we are so proud to have played a role in this trauma center and to have the opportunity to honor Elmer Ellis.”
—Robyn Rogers, President
The Rogers Foundation

Impacting lives and hearts

“I’ve been in business here for 63 years, and I have never seen anything as mind-boggling as this facility. Bless this hospital. Bless this area. Thank you, God, for everything.”
—Lonnie A. “Bo” Pilgrim, at the opening of the new ETMC Pittsburg hospital campus in 2009.

Patty and Bo Pilgrim provided a $3 million gift to fund the ETMC Olympic Center in Pittsburg, bringing greater opportunities for wellness and rehabilitative services to the community. This gift was close to the Pilgrims’ hearts, as the ETMC Olympic Center touches countless lives and works to reduce heart disease.