CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charleston Area Medical Center's fundraising campaign for a new cancer center is entering the home stretch.
The CAMC Foundation now has $12 million of the $15 million it hopes to raise for a brand-new David Lee Cancer Center, to be built on the old Watt Powell Park property in Kanawha City.
Gail Pitchford, the foundation's president, said the group needs only $2.5 million in donations. The Maier Foundation has pledged to contribute $500,000 once CAMC hits the $14.5 million mark.
"We would love to close the campaign by Dec. 31. That's been our goal all along," she said.
The center will cost $39 million in all. The hospital system would foot the bill for the remaining $24 million.
Pitchford said construction of the cancer center would begin early next year, even if the foundation hasn't completed its "Power of Many" fundraising campaign. The hospital plans to break ground in January.
Construction is expected to take 18 months, with the building opening its doors in 2014.
Plans for the center are completed, but Pitchford said the hospital wants to wait a few weeks before unveiling them so the news won't get lost in the election uproar.
"We want to give it the proper respect it deserves," she said.
She said CAMC would debut the plans to employees first because they were the initial contributors. To date, hospital staff has donated $560,000 to the new center.