CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The CAMC Foundation has reached its $15 million fundraising goal for Charleston Area Medical Center's new David Lee Cancer Center, officials announced Wednesday.
More than 2,100 people in the Charleston community donated anywhere from $2 to $2 million each to The Power of Many campaign for the new cancer center, bringing the total to $15,001,100.
The last major donations came from Alpha Natural Resources; the John L. Dickinson family's $750,000 matching gift, which extended its deadline from April 1 to June 1 to raise the most possible; and the Maier Family Foundation, which contributed the last half million to the campaign.
The comprehensive, consolidated and freestanding outpatient cancer center will bring physicians and health professionals together to provide quality and convenient patient care, said CAMC spokesman Dale Witte.
Gail Pitchford, president of the CAMC Foundation, expressed delight over reaching the goal.
"I'm almost speechless over it. It's a time to celebrate. It was coming together - just like our theme The Power of Many - took many, many people to make this happen with many, many gifts."
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. The facility, to be built on the old Watt Powell Park property in Kanawha City, is intended to support cancer patients and their families in an environment that promotes healing, Witte said.
CAMC administrators will continue meeting with architects to finalize the center's plans and plan to announce when ground will be broken in the next few weeks. Pitchford said the 100,000 square-foot building will take about 18 months to two years to complete.
The total cost for the cancer center is projected to be $50 million. The remaining $35 million after the foundation's fundraising goal has been financed through CAMC.
For more information on the campaign, visit http://www.camc.org/powerofmany. The Foundation is still accepting gifts. To donate, visit https://6275camcfoundation.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=376.
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