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Local Family Honors Their Father’s Legacy

Charles Waters, a Hendersonville attorney for 48 years, was a long-time friend and former member of the UNC Health Pardee board of directors. His connections to Pardee were personal too, as this was the place where all three of his children were born and where he later became a patient, receiving cancer treatment from the medical institution he supported as a board leader.

So it was no surprise when Mr. Waters passed away last fall that his children chose to honor his legacy with an enduring gift that celebrates the oncology nurses who were a critical part of their father’s experience during his end-of-life care. The newly established Charles Waters Memorial Fund will help oncology nurses obtain certifications to advance their careers and improve the care they provide for cancer patients at UNC Health Pardee.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how you can honor your loved ones, like the Waters family did, with a gift to the Pardee Hospital Foundation.

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.