MARSHALL - The Avera Marshall Auxiliary has committed an additional $250,000 to Avera Cancer Institute Marshall, and combined with previous donations have now contributed $650,000 to the project, making it the largest donor to the campaign, Avera said in a news release.
Funds donated by the Auxiliary will go toward completion of the vault that will house the linear accelerator - technology that delivers radiation treatment to cancer patients.
The Auxiliary began setting money aside for the building of a cancer center in 2006 - before it was a planned project at Avera Marshall.
Pictured are Avera Marshall Auxiliary board members: Carol Moseng, June Carter, Coleen Frye, Shirley Martin, Gordon Crow, executive director of the Foundation, Bob VanLeeuwe, Doris Young, Audrey Norris, Doug Anderson and Mary Maertens, CEO/president of Avera Marshall.
"Making cancer care available locally is something our members have felt strongly about for some time," said Bob Van Leeuwe, Avera Marshall Auxiliary president. "We are so proud to be helping to make this goal a reality. The fact that we contributed the first dollars to start fundraising for the project and our latest donation will complete the radiation vault means a lot to us. We look forward to the doors being opened to begin caring for patients."
The Auxiliary's donation brings the remaining fundraising goal for the Building Hope campaign to less than $1 million.
"We are so appreciative of the Auxiliary's long-standing support for building a local cancer center," said Gordon Crow, executive director for the Avera Marshall Foundation. "Their cumulative gifts to the Building Hope campaign demonstrate the ongoing commitment each of our volunteers gives to advancing local health care."
The Avera Marshall Auxiliary raises funds to help support Avera Marshall's needs for building projects, equipment and programs. Cumulative gifts from the Auxiliary since 1986 total more than $3 million. Dollars come from operations of the Avera Marshall Thrift Store and the Gift Shop, which are staffed exclusively by volunteers. In the last year volunteers contributed more than 25,000 hours to make this operation successful.
Businesses and individuals wishing to donate, volunteer or find out more information about the Building Hope Capital Campaign for Avera Cancer Institute Marshall may contact Crow at 507-537-9145.