"The employees were first in with the campaign. We feel it's important that the employees get the first look at them," she said.
Some preparation work for the new cancer center is under way. Crews are working on MacCorkle Avenue near the 35th Street Bridge. They are installing a turning lane in the median that will be the westbound entrance to the cancer center.
Pitchford said workers soon would install a new stoplight on MacCorkle Avenue at 33rd street.
The new cancer center will replace CAMC's current David Lee Cancer Center on its Memorial Hospital campus. That center has reached its maximum capacity and needs more space.
The new building will feature a garden, cafe and seating areas designed to look more like living rooms than waiting rooms. The center also will feature something CAMC's current campuses do not: free parking.
Pitchford said the foundation receives donations every day for the new cancer center, some large and some small.
"Some of them are $2 and $5 with notes from folks that say, 'This is all I can do.' Those $2 or $5 gifts, that's like $100,000 to some other people," she said.
"From the very first dollar that was given, it's still amazing to me and it's still humbling."