The campaign began in 2009 in an effort to accommodate a growing number of individuals with cancer and a need for a comprehensive outpatient cancer center in southern West Virginia, according to CAMC's Cancer Services Report 2010.
"From the very beginning, we said that we were going to make this a family-first campaign. We did not feel that we could go out and ask the community to support this campaign until everyone at CAMC was committed," Pitchford said. "We went to the employees first, who were very energetic and passionate. Employees have given more than $570,000 to the campaign."
Employees from housekeepers and nurses to managers and board members have donated through payroll deductions, donating unused vacation days and more to reach the first $10 million. After that, the foundation met with families and businesses for support.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and The Dow Chemical Co. are just a few of the significant donors.
"This community has been so generous to the campaign. It's been a very humbling and amazing experience," Pitchford said. "We live in a very generous community."
The new 100,000-square-foot David Lee Cancer Center will bring all of CAMC's cancer services under one roof.