The DCH Foundation’s Help & Hope Patient Assistance Fund recently received a $2.5 million donation from the estate of Marie “Mollie” Bloodworth, in memory of her husband Clifton C. Bloodworth.
The Help & Hope Fund provides financial assistance to current Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center patients struggling to make ends meet while undergoing treatment. This includes assistance with medications, household bills and transportation to and from treatment.
“Mrs. Bloodworth’s gift is transformative to our community and specifically to the Help and Hope Fund,” said Molly Ingram, DCH Health System vice president of development. “This gift will allow us to expand the efforts of Help and Hope in many ways. We will be able to continue helping patients directly and also support medical and technological advances in the Manderson Cancer Center itself.”
In honor of Bloodworth’s philanthropic efforts, the DCH Health System plans to name the former Easter Seals building in her memory. The building is currently being renovated, and The DCH Foundation will relocate to the Marie Bloodworth Building in the summer of 2019. Other DCH Health System offices, including DCH Home Health, will move into the building this fall.
Mrs. Bloodworth grew up in Tuscaloosa’s West End and graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1940. Shortly thereafter, she married and lived in Mobile and Tuscaloosa before moving to Columbus, Ga., where she and her husband Clifton lived quietly for 30 years.
Mr. Bloodworth worked as a repairman, and she worked as a clerk in an insurance firm, where she learned about AFLAC. Mrs. Bloodworth built the fortune that is now helping people across West Alabama with an initial investment of $800 in AFLAC stock.
She added a few hundred dollars a month to the portfolio by way of a small inheritance from Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame author William March, an uncle whose final novel, The Bad Seed, became a bestseller, stage play and film after his death in 1954.
She returned to Tuscaloosa when her husband fell ill in 1993 and lived quietly and simply, interacting with just a couple of friends and a few family members until her death in 2016. Her nephew, Bill McCrory, remembers getting to know Bloodworth after her return to Tuscaloosa. “She was very quiet, but also sweet, and she was really sharp when it came to the stock market. She really did build it all on her own,” he said.
After many years of wise investments and thrifty living, Bloodworth’s estate eventually topped $15 million.
In addition to her gift to The DCH Foundation, Mrs. Bloodworth left $2.5 million to other organizations in the Tuscaloosa community, including Turning Point, Salvation Army, Caring Days, West Alabama Hospice and the American Heart Association.