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Annual Dugan Cancer Fundraiser to Benefit Massage Therapy

Dugan Event News Release
From left: Bob Price, Terrence Dugan,
Jean Dugan and Tom Parker of UVMC
talk during the annual fundraiser to
benefit the John J. Dugan Memorial
Fund for Cancer Care

The John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care continues to allow the UVMC Cancer Care Center to provide a variety of services to patients including new massage therapy.

“I am so grateful.  The generosity that our community has for our cancer care center is amazing, and it just continues,” said Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director.  “People keep giving and, through their generosity, we are able to provide all of these services.”

The Dugan Memorial Fund’s annual reception this year was held at the Piqua home of Stacy and Benny Scott. 
The event, in its ninth year, was attended by more than 125 people and raised more than $50,000.

John J. Dugan was a Miami County commissioner and long-time supporter of UVMC at the time of his death in 2003 from complications of esophageal cancer. 

That commitment has raised more than $410,000 for center projects.  In 2012, the event featured the opening of the John J. Dugan Infusion Center at the new Cancer Care Center.  Previous fund projects included the healing garden now starting to bloom outside the center.

This year’s event dollars will underwrite the new integrative/complementary medicine component of massage therapy for patients, said Kathie Scarbrough, President and Executive Director of the UVMC Foundation.

Heath said the complimentary therapy began June 1 and is being offered by Theresa Ann Nelson, a licensed massage therapist.  The therapy available includes massage, reflexology, hand massage and chair massage.  Any therapy is voluntary and approved by the patient’s physician.

“What we have found so far is patients feel more relaxed, all feel very positive about the experience,” Heath said.  Evidence supports the benefit of therapeutic massage in helping boost the immune system, restoring energy and helping patients deal with the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, she said.

Jean Dugan, John’s wife, said she is “so happy to see the continued support from the community for the Cancer Care Center. We have dedicated donors who have been with the John .J.  Dugan Memorial Fund for the Cancer Care Center for nine years now.  Each year new donors join this wonderful cause.”

The Dugans’ son, Brian Dugan, said the family is very happy the event has contributed so much money and energy to the Cancer Center and Infusion Center.

“Dad would be very happy to see so many of his friends contributing to this great cause,” Brian Dugan said.

The event is unique, in part, by its venue at an area family’s home.  Jean Dugan said she is honored by the continued “generosity of families who allow this event to be held at their lovely homes.”

In addition to the Scotts, the following have hosted the event: Bill and Wanda Lukens, Henry and Linda Ernst, Dr. Norman and Georgia Armstrong, Tom Hagan, Brent  Black, Greg and Laura Stephens and Dave and Sally Waibel. The John J. Dugan Infusion Center hosted the event as part of its opening in 2012.

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