Bob & Marjorie Goodson
The East Alabama Medical Center Foundation has received a $320,000 endowment from the estate of Bob and Marjorie Goodson, the largest single gift ever received by the organization. The money will be used to fund the Robert and Marjorie Goodson Oncology Wellness Program, a collaborative effort of The Cancer Center, HealthPlus and Rehab Works designed to enhance the physical, emotional, spiritual and social well being of cancer patients
The program will provide numerous services to cancer patients, including exercise classes, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, stress
management, and intimacy counseling. In addition, the endowment provided funds for the creation of Goodson’s Garden. The memorial garden features flowers, plants and a fountain to provide patients with a serene location for relaxation and reflection.
"Cancer is a complex disease touching people at various points in their lives and leaving them in varied states of physical and emotional health," said Julia O. Pipes, Director of the EAMC Foundation. "This endowment will provide the resources necessary to expand our cancer care to a more holistic approach that provides patients the strength, stamina and positive outlook that is so important in fighting the disease."
Robert Arwood Goodson and Marjorie DeLapp Goodson founded Goodson’s Jewelry Store, which operated for over 50 years in downtown Opelika. Robert passed away five years ago and his wife, Marjorie passed away last May. She had been living in Camellia Place, EAMC’s Specialty Care Assisted and Retirement Living community. The Goodson’s estate is managed by co-executors Jim LaFoy, a local accountant and CPA, and long-time friend Doug Horn.
"The Goodsons were very civic minded and loved this community," explains Mr. Horn. "They believed in the mission of EAMC. I think they would take comfort in knowing that the endowment established by their gift will serve our community for years to come."