Raleigh man donates $1 million to Hospice of Wake County

Posted March 5, 2010

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— A Raleigh man gave $1 million Thursday to help the Hospice of Wake County build a 20-bed home on Trinity Road.

The gift from Reid S. Towler was the largest in the organization's history, said Mike Blanchard, the hospice's vice president of development.

“It seems like every time I read obituaries in the newspaper, there is always someone I know who has passed away, and they praise the services of hospice," Towler said in a statement. "I see how Hospice of Wake County takes care of people, and I wanted to help in any way I could.”

Blanchard said that the new hospice home will be named the Reid S. Towler Campus. The $14.5 million campus will also house an administrative center, the Horizons Grief Center and a 50-seat sanctuary.

A former student of Broughton High School, Towler served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and had a career with an insurance company, New England Mutual of Boston.


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  • jobchick2004 Mar 11, 2010

    Hospice is a great organization! They helped with my father in 2001. What a wonderful gift.

  • Lakeplace Mar 9, 2010

    Hospice was great to my mother-in-law while she was in the last stages of cancer, and to all of her family. What a wonderful gift to give to others that he does not even know. Thank you Mr. Towler and God bless.

  • happymom Mar 9, 2010

    While I haven't had contact with Wake County's hospice, my family has used hospice services in other parts of the country, including now while my mother-in-law is dealing with end-stage melanoma. Hospice care lifts such a burden off the patient and family during very difficult times, and I am very grateful to Mr. Towler that he thought of them when making his donation. Many, many families across the county will benefit from his generosity.

  • whatever02 Mar 9, 2010

    seiously? this man is OLD raleigh. He didn't get his money from a job - he owned the land that SAS sits on. How awful of someone to criticize someowe who is being so generous. Quite a bit of the $$$ he is donating is for families that can't afford hospice. Apparently you didn't learn "if you can't say something nice . . ."

  • Nikka Mar 9, 2010

    How many legitimate insurance claims were denied and how many minimum wage insurance company employees were denied benefits to pay this fellow all of this money?

  • pulstar40 Mar 9, 2010

    Thank you Mr. Towler. Hospice helped out my parents when my dad was dying from cancer. In paticuliar, I remember the time my dad fell in the bathroom, and my mom struggled to help him up. She was so upset, she called Hospice, at 4 am in the morning, and they were there in about 15 minutes and stayed with her all day long, helping her with my dad and just being there for her. After he passed, they offered all kinds of support, including sessions for our daughter who was only 5 years old at the time of her grandfather's death. They were amazing, and I continue to hear from other other friends who have gone through the same thing with family members who always say, if it hadn't been for Hospice, they don't know how they would have made it through such a difficult time.

  • twoboys Mar 9, 2010

    I couldn't agree more! I've personally dealt with 3HC of Johnston county and Burgaw as well as Wil Med's HOspice. They're all just a wonderful breed of people! I couldn't think of a better choice for such a great contribution!

  • ncsudan Mar 8, 2010

    As someone who works for an Oncology Pharma, I have to say Kudos to this man. I have seen Hospice at work for patients on our studies, as well as for my Grandmother. I found the people and organization to be caring, kind, and top knotch! A very deserving gift to a deserving organization.

    Thanks again to this man. A truly helpful gift!

  • whatever02 Mar 8, 2010

    Mr. Towler is a very nice and generous man. Hospice and teh people who run it mean a lot to him. What a way to say thank you.

  • Joani P. Mar 8, 2010

    God Bless this man, hospice in a great organization not only do they care for their patient with such compassion they also nuture the family members as well. Thank God for hospice.