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Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels support Pardee Cancer Center

Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels are keenly aware of what the future holds for our community and the impact that the Pardee Cancer Center will have.  Long time residents of Henderson County, these two embody the wonderful sense of community that is shared here.

Joseph celebrated 30 years in business in November 2016 with his landmark retail store, Joseph Laughter Clothier, well known among the savvy male (and female) shopper in Henderson County and beyond. Partner Scott of Scott Keels Designs is an accomplished designer having worked with many residents and businesses in the community for over 20 years.

They both have thankfully been healthy over the years and not needed extended stays or care in the hospital. However, they have known loved ones and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer and see the toll it takes.

”My store is a place where customers become friends,” said Joseph. “I’ve been so touched by stories of people with cancer over the years…customers who are suddenly gone. I wonder if some of those people would have been here today with early diagnosis or a more advanced treatment facility like we have today.”

Inspired Giving

When asked why they chose to give to the Cancer Center, the couple both said it was the facility and all that it represents. Joseph was born at Patton Memorial Hospital and has watched Pardee evolve and become what it is today. It was important to him and Scott to be a part of this newest phase of Pardee. 

“For anyone thinking of a gift, I would simply say just walk into this beautiful and welcoming lobby. You will be inspired and amazed at how much is being done here for the most advanced treatment of cancer. You will want to be a part of this future,” says Laughter.

Inspired Design

Designer Scott Keels was inspired by the design of the building and treatment spaces. Having been in various health care spaces over the years, Scott notes that they can be confusing to navigate and not always designed with the patient in mind. “The new Cancer Center is very welcoming and designed for the patient,” notes Scott. “I see this building as being a huge asset not just for right now, but in the future. This will be an amazing influence in our community, with the school and the cancer center all together in one space.”  

Both applaud the modern design of the building and how well it can handle and showcase the local pieces of art found throughout. 

Inspired Care

Both Joseph and Scott were impressed by the advanced technology, research, and personal touches found in the new Cancer Center. The linear accelerator, cancer research suite and healing garden adjacent to the infusion treatment bays were all elements that resonated with them and reinforced their view of the impact this facility will have in the future.

Love. Care. Share.

“People think they have to leave to go to Duke or somewhere else for their cancer treatment,” said Joseph. “You really don’t have to. There’s nothing nicer than being at home. This facility makes that possible.” Joseph and Scott asked that “Love. Care. Share.” be added to the plaque outside the room they’ve named, because “that’s really what it’s all about.”

Andrew Schmidt

Andrew Schmidt joined Pardee Hospital Foundation in November 2023 as a Donor Engagement Officer. Andrew began his career in fundraising at his alma mater, Sewanee: The University of the South, as an assistant director in charge of reunions and volunteers, working on milestone giving campaigns as well as alumni engagement and stewardship events. Andrew holds a BA in Philosophy from Sewanee and recently earned a MA in Applied Arts & Sciences from the Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Andrew previously served the Henderson Country community as an Advancement Analyst at nearby Kanuga Conference Center, where he was responsible for donor database administration, prospect research, and raising funds in support of a $15M capital campaign centered on a comprehensive renovation of the then-47-year-old Kanuga Lake Inn. Andrew looks forward to helping advance the mission of UNC Health and Pardee Hospital Foundation across the Western North Carolina region, and particularly in Transylvania County. When he’s not out and about visiting with donors, you can usually find Andrew scampering around DuPont and Pisgah with his wife, Sara and preschool-age son, Arthur.