18 U A B C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R C E N T E R

IN THE late 2000s, Mr. Harvill found

the Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory

Board as an opportunity to give back to

the place that had been supportive not only

to his mother but also to his entire fam-

ily. Since joining the board in 2009, Mr.

Harvill has become one of its most active

members. He currently serves as president-

elect I and chair of the Income Development

Committee, which oversees all of the board’s

fundraising activities. He will take the reins

as board chairman in the fall.

GETTING INVOLVED “When the opportunity arose to par-

ticipate on the board, I felt privileged to

be able to do so,” Mr. Harvill says. “Many

longstanding members of the board have

been deeply involved for years, and they—

along with the fabulous staff at the Cancer

Center—really do all the heavy lifting. I just

stand around and hold the water bucket.”

Mr. Harvill’s abiding support for the

work of the Cancer Center comes from more

than simply his mother’s experience 20 years

ago. It also lies, he says, in the research and

work done at the center to treat patients and

find a cure. “The way the Cancer Center

leads in the fight against cancer, and the

impact it has on the lives of the people

affected by cancer in this region, is fabu-

lous,” he says.

But beyond the patients—past, current,

and future—who benefit from the center’s

work, Mr. Harvill feels that Birmingham

has risen to national prominence because

of its broad impact. “The Cancer Center is

dong groundbreaking research that is used

all over the world,” he says. “As such, it truly

is a beacon for the city of Birmingham.”

MOVING AHEAD A Birmingham native, Mr. Harvill

received a B.S. in journalism from the

University of Alabama and a B.A. in

accounting from UAB. He began his profes-

sional career as a CPA before becoming a

partner in Intermark Group, a local market-

ing and public relations firm, in 1988. He

served as the company’s chairman for years

but sold his interest in the spring of 2011.

Currently, he is president of a private invest-

ment company.

In his free time, Mr. Harvill likes to

golf, saltwater fish and play the occasional

game of poker. He also enjoys spending time

with his family, which includes his wife,

Sharon, their two children and their grand-

son.

Mr. Harvill believes that it is part of

the Advisory Board’s duties to spread the

message of the great work that is being

done at the Cancer Center, and as presi-

dent he hopes to increase awareness of the

progress being made in the cancer fight.

“Unfortunately, many people don’t realize

what we have here in the Cancer Center,” he

says. “They may have heard of it, but they

don’t know about all the work being done

here and that it’s a universal leader in cancer

research. I think we have a great opportu-

nity to spread that message.”

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B Y H E A T H E R W A T T S

IN THE LATE 1980S, WILLIAM “BILLY” HARVILL’S MOTHER WAS TREATED FOR THROAT CANCER AT UAB. THROUGHOUT HER

TREATMENT, HE CONTINUALLY WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY OF HER CARE. “THE TREATMENT SHE RECEIVED LENGTHENED

HER LIFE AND INCREASED HER QUALITY OF LIFE. IT WAS COMPASSIONATE, CONCERNED, ADVANCED AND SOPHISTICATED,” HE SAYS.

“EVERYONE WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH MY MOTHER TREATED HER LIKE SHE WAS THE ONLY PATIENT THAT THEY HAD, AND THAT

LEFT ME WITH A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR WHAT THE CANCER CENTER DOES.”

WILLIAM HARVILL