GRAFTON—Recently Toothman Ford held their 50th Anniversary with a celebration, boasting well-known athletes signing autographs, but there was more to celebrate than the business receiving recognition for their strides in the automotive business over the last half-century.
During a day filled with smiles, memories and recognition, the Toothman’s, a family who already gives so much back to the communities they serve, decided they wanted to do something a little extra special to help strengthen their bond with the community.
In a grand gesture of support, James “Jim” Toothman, II, Rebecca Toothman and James “J.R.” Toothman, III, donated $64,000 to support both WVU Medicine Children’s and the WVU Cancer Institute.
$50,000 of the donation will establish the Toothman Ford Pediatric Cancer Fund. The fund will help purchase equipment, along with being used to help pay for patient care, education and services for the children of most need at the hospital.
“Toothman Ford and J.R. Toothman have been tremendous partners for the children’s hospital and WVU over the last few years. They understand the tremendous value of supporting their community and enabling programs for families that just can’t be provided without this sort of external support,” expressed J. Philip Saul, M.D., Executive Vice President of WVU Medicine Children’s.
“This gift is also a great jumpstart for expansion of our Children’s Cancer Center in the recently announces WVU Medicine Children’s hospital tower,” he added.
The remaining $14,000 was raised during Toothman Ford’s annual breast cancer awareness campaign. That money will be used to help fund breast cancer research, treatment and recovery at the WVU Cancer Institute.
“We’ve been partnering with WVU Medicine Children’s and the WVU Cancer Institute for the past several years and are proud to contribute to such worthy causes,” shared J.R. Toothman, Vice President of Toothman Ford. “Several of our friends and loved ones, including some of our own employees, have received treatment at these institutions, so it means a lot of be able to give back.”
According to Richard Goldberg, M.D., Director of the WVU Cancer Institute, the Toothman Ford family has been investing in the program for years, including a donated chase car that travels with the WVU Cancer Institute’s Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program, more commonly known as Bonnie’s Bus, their mobile mammography screening center.
“That reminds us of their ongoing commitments nearly every day,” he noted. “A commitment for which we are so grateful.”
Reportedly, Toothman Ford has donated approximately $130,000 to the two organizations, since 2005. Because of their ongoing support and investments, Toothman Ford was a recipient of the 2017 WVU Medicine Children’s Community Service Award.
“We’re so grateful to have had the endless support of our awesome staff, valued customers and surrounding community in our partnerships with the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine Children’s,” expressed Toothman. “We look forward to growing our partnerships with these two outstanding organizations.”