In the last month of her life, Betsy Corman sent a second donation to Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) within six months of the first. Her husband Steve thought she had forgotten about the first one, but because the couple had been ardent supporters of CPTV and WNPR for 21 years, he decided that two gifts – even if one was sent in error – were better than one!
Betsy passed away after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer in April. A committed humanitarian and volunteer, Betsy dedicated much of her life after retiring from IBM donating her time and resources to regional organizations, including Greenwich Hospital, The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and “Puppies Behind Bars”.
Of Betsy’s many volunteer activities, she also established the Healing Shawls knitting program, which has resulted in the creation of over 2,500 shawls for cancer patients. Each shawl was hand knit, and included a satin ribbon with a card reading:
“This healing shawl was made for you by someone who cares about you… My hope is this shawl will help heal your body, calm your fears, and raise your spirit. As you wrap it around you, imagine hugs from me and others who love you.”
Since his wife’s passing, Steve has continued to support projects that meet their combined goals. As a long time believer in the importance of education and access to quality education across the globe, Steve created the Stephen and Betsy Corman Memorial Scholarship Fund at Education For All Children (EFAC) that will support and impact the lives of five young students in Kenya over the next eight years. Steve has high hopes for these young people: ” I hope to see these students become doctors, the next minister of culture, or even the prime minister of Kenya. I am looking forward to following their success, and to the pride I will feel at their success.”
CPBN is extremely grateful for Betsy and Steve’s support over the years. They began as members in March of 1994, and have consistently increased their support, helping CPBN engage, educate, and entertain listeners and viewers across Connecticut and beyond.