Cancer Survivors Park’s Children’s Garden named after Dr. William F. Schmidt

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Greenville Health System Children's Hospital's Dr. William F. Schmidt addresses the crowd during the Cancer Survivor's Park Children's Garden naming in his honor. Photography by Mark Susko Visual Designs

The Clement’s Kindness Children’s Garden in the Cancer Survivors Park has been named for Dr. William F. Schmidt III, the medical director of the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital of Greenville.

The Children’s Garden is located in the Cancer Survivors Park between the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the Reedy River near the Church Street Bridge. The two-level garden’s central feature is “Fear Not,” artist Charles Pate Jr.’s bronze sculpture of a small child drawing courage from the protective embrace of a majestic lion. Two distinct entrances lead into a space with benches and a swing to encourage a playful and hopeful atmosphere.

 

“The Cancer Survivors Park Alliance is delighted and especially grateful to have Clement’s Kindness as a special partner in bringing the CSP Children’s Garden to the Upstate community,” said Kay Roper, executive director. “Their gift of naming this space in honor of Dr. Schmidt celebrates the unique passion and healing each brings to our community.” He is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist.

Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children donated $250,000 for construction of the Children’s Garden. Clement’s Kindness was established at the Community Foundation of Greenville to help address the medical, psychological, social, emotional, and financial needs of Upstate families impacted by pediatric cancer and other serious blood disorders.

Clement’s Kindness Board Chairwoman Suzy Haynsworth said, “Clement’s Kindness is thrilled to support the Cancer Survivor’s Park with the funding of the Children’s Garden in honor of Dr. Schmidt, celebrating his leadership and commitment to providing premier health care to children in our community.”

In addition to his roles with GHS, Schmidt is a member of the executive committee of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy for Pediatrics, and serves on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House and Institute for Child Success. He is past president of the GHS Medical Staff and founding member and current president of the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative.

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