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Cancer Center Walls Grant from SMR
Andrea Oliver (left) of The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers, and Cindy Sparkman of Marshall Cancer Care Center (middle), are shown with Sand Mountain Reporter publisher Kim Patterson following the presentation of the newspaper's latest grant to the cancer center.

Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 04:00 PM

Local newspaper continues support of Marshall Cancer Care Center

The Sand Mountain Reporter and its parent company, Southern Newspapers, have once again provided important financial support to the center.

The Sand Mountain Reporter’s parent company contributed financial support for the Marshall Cancer Care Center when it was just an idea. Now the newspaper has awarded another grant to the facility as it celebrates its five year anniversary. 

“Southern Newspapers believes in giving back to the communities where they have newspapers,” said Kim Patterson, publisher of the Sand Mountain Reporter. 

“Each year the publisher of each newspaper gets to pick worthy candidates for grants from the Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation. Marshall Medical Centers and the Cancer Center give so much to our community that I felt it was more than deserving.”  

The Marshall Cancer Care Center turned five years old July 11, which was celebrated with music, refreshments and gifts for patients. In its very first year, the Cancer Center treated 1,013 patients. It is now serving twice that many. 

Patterson this week presented the $5,000 grant from Southern Newspapers to Marshall Cancer Center Director Cindy Sparkman and Andrea Oliver, Director of The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers. 

Sparkman expressed appreciation for the newspaper’s generosity, and noted that 100 percent of donations are used to provide care for patients. 

“Thanks to the generosity and support of our great community, Marshall Cancer Care Center has continued to grow each year,” Sparkman said. “Through this support we have been able to provide quality cancer care for patients who often lack the means for travel or treatment at other facilities. This grant will help us to continue our mission of providing quality cancer care in our local community.”

There at the beginning

The Foundation's Oliver recalled the same grant was awarded in 2012 to help build the facility.

“We were lucky enough to receive this grant at the onset of our Closer to Home Campaign and now again to celebrate 5 years of quality cancer care in Marshall County,” Oliver said. “The fact that the Sand Mountain Reporter family continues to think of us as worthy recipients of these funds speaks to the great work being done at the Marshall Cancer Care Center, their generosity and the importance of our meaningful partnership.”

The Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation was set up by Southern Newspapers, which owns 16 newspapers, including three in Alabama: The Scottsboro Daily Sentinel, The Fort Payne Times-Journal and the Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville.

Carmage Walls, founder of Southern Newspapers Inc., was a self-educated son of a Georgia sharecropper who became a nationally known newspaper entrepreneur and operator beginning in the 1930s. His wife, Martha Ann Walls, was born in Gadsden and began her newspaper career as assistant to the publisher of The Gadsden Times at the age of 20. Walls died in 1998, and Martha Ann served as chairman of the board until her death in 2014. Their daughter, Lissa Walls, owns Southern Newspapers.

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