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Cancer Center fundraising is succeeding

Community response is gratifying say Capital Campaign co-chairs

January 29, 2012
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Grateful ... humbled ... delighted ... honored - these are all words that describe the emotions that we as co-chairs of the Every Option, Every Hope Capital Campaign are feeling right now. Approximately one year ago we accepted the charge of raising $5 million to help build a new comprehensive Cancer Center at Trinity Regional Medical Center. We quickly enlisted the help of 10 additional individuals to serve as members of the Campaign Steering Committee and together, we began our journey.

From day one, we were awed with the support for the campaign. Individuals and businesses were quick to invest in this important project. And although we still have monies to raise, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all those who have contributed to this important cause. In many cases, the support was unsolicited. On countless occasions Trinity Health Foundation received calls from individuals or groups who wanted to be a part of this project. The interest and commitment has been far reaching and quite honestly, overwhelming and motivating.

According to the American Cancer Society, one of every three women living in the U.S. today will develop an invasive cancer during her lifetime. For men, the risk of invasive cancer increases to one in two. In the eight-county area served by Trinity, six of the eight counties has a cancer incidence rate 4.9 percent higher than the Iowa norm. These statistics were just one of the motivating factors when we accepted the challenge to lead this campaign. And yet, we were shocked and saddened to learn that in less than one year, two members of our steering committee had become part of the statistics. Their amazing courage and positive attitude has been an inspiration for all of us. We wish them continued success in their battle against cancer.

If you have been on the Trinity campus during the last few months, the progress is easy to see. The main structure that you see is the vault for the linear accelerator, which is the machine that delivers the radiation therapy. A linear accelerator is a machine that uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic particles. This creates high-energy radiation that may be used to treat cancer. Cancer treatment at Trinity is nothing new - we have been providing surgical, medical (chemotherapy) and associated support services for many years. However, with the addition of radiation therapy, Trinity will now be able to provide comprehensive cancer care. Our passion for this project is fueled by our commitment to help bring quality health care to the people of Fort Dodge and our region.

The campaign currently stands at $4.2 million. We feel very confident that with the help of everyone in our community, we will reach our goal of $5 million by March 31. As you know, the campaign was blessed to receive a challenge match of up to $1.5 million. We have used about $1.1 million of our anonymous match. We need to raise $400,000 dollars and our anonymous donor will match that amount, and we will reach our goal. You have an opportunity to not only help us wrap up this campaign by March 31, but to also double your gift - a gift of $100 becomes $200; a gift of $50,000 becomes $100,000. It is not often in life that we have the opportunity to instantly double our investment.

All gifts of $5,000 or greater will be recognized on the Trinity Health Foundation Donor Wall as well as on the donor wall which will be located just inside the new cancer center. In addition, there are naming opportunities available within the cancer center starting with gifts of $15,000 or greater. Naming opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis so we encourage anyone interested in a naming opportunity to contact Trinity Health Foundation sooner rather than later.

Fact Box

About the Cancer Center

Area patients will now have access to radiation and medical oncology services as well as cancer education and support all in one location.

The Trinity Cancer Center will be located just to the right of the main lobby at Trinity Regional Medical Center. Trinity's main entrance will provide easy and convenient patient drop-off/pick-up and valet service. It is also a good location for the vault, which will house the linear accelerator and proved to be the most economical option. The walls, floor and ceiling for the vault are required to be 4-feet-thick concrete. This requires the vault to sit in an area where the ground is flat and there is nothing below.

The new Cancer Center will be a total of 11,000 square feet; 7,000 square feet will be new construction and 4,000 square feet will be remodeled space. Woodruff Construction is the general contractor for the project. Construction will be completed summer of 2012. The new Trinity Cancer Center will open the fall of 2012.

Steering Committee Members

Dr. Ken and Adrienne Adams, co-chairs

Phil and Keely Gunderson, co-chairs

Cary Estlund

Michael Frischmeyer

Pat Glaser

Rob Gunderson

Scott Johnson

Karen Kaiser

Bruce Kentfield

Rae Anne Frey Marner

Rick McCarville

Bruce Murman

Jim Rodenborn

Bruce Vandagriff

Greg Wells

This has been a shared dream of our community for a very long time. The pieces have finally come together. The time is right, the opportunity is here - please help us make the new Trinity Cancer Center a reality. Support the campaign to build a comprehensive Cancer Center at Trinity Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ken and Adrienne Adams and Phil and Keely Gunderson are co-chairs for the Every Option, Every Hope Capital Campaign. Dr. Ken Adams is also a member of the board of directors for Trinity Regional Medical Center. If you would like more information about supporting the Every Option, Every Hope campaign for the new Trinity Cancer Center, please call Shannon McQuillen or Carol Grannon at Trinity Health Foundtion,574-6509.



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