The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation had its most successful fundraising year ever in 2013, bringing in about $1.2 million to support the cancer center and cancer patients in the community.
Officials announced the fundraising total during an event Friday.
None of this could happen without the community, said Rick Millikin, president of the foundation board, adding that 2013 was just a stellar year for raising funds for the center and people with cancer.
Millikin also is chairman of the cancer centers board.
The largest chunk of the money -- about $600,000 -- is covering supportive services, from the nurse navigator program to the resource library, education offerings and free cancer screenings in the community. Another large portion --$356,000 -- is going in the foundations endowment, bringing it to more than $2.5 million.
The rest of the money is paying for new software, improvements to the BrainLab system used in stereotactic brain treatments and buying a radiation device to better treat patients with uterine and cervical cancer, according to information from the foundation.
Also, $55,000 is covering the first year of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Network membership fees. The membership is providing our community with advancing specialized care and treatment options for patients and access to clinical studies for targeted cancer therapies, even before they may become widely available, the information said.
Chuck DeGooyer, the cancer centers CEO, said the communitys generosity has been incredible.
This community has supported the cancer center through its first 20 years, he said, adding that the center is committed to providing an integrated cancer treatment delivery system with its owner hospitals.
The cancer center, off West Deschutes Avenue in Kennewick, is a partnership of Trios Health, Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Lourdes Health Network. It opened in 1994.
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