John J. Dugan Memorial Fund Continues to Benefit Cancer Care Center
The UVMC Cancer Care Center and the cancer patients it serves are the beneficiaries of the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care. Since 2005, when the Dugan Memorial Fund was established, an annual fundraiser has raised a cumulative total of $185,000 to support the Cancer Center.
Local businessman and civic leader John J. Dugan died Nov. 1, 2003, from complications of cancer. He was 72. He lived with his wife, Jean, in Piqua. They are the parents of seven children.
In honor of her husband, Jean Dugan made a gift that established the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care. "It’s very important to have quality cancer care here in our community," she noted.
The fund was established not only to support the Cancer Center, but also to increase public awareness of its offerings.
The fund is administered by the UVMC Foundation. Kathie Scarbrough, Executive Director of the Foundation, reported the money raised by the Dugan Memorial Fund, combined with donations from the UVMC Foundation and the UVMC Auxiliary, provided a dedicated CT scanner for the Cancer Center. The CT scanner was installed in February 2007. Jean Heath, Director of the Cancer Care Center, stated, "To be able to provide scans in the Cancer Center, where the other services for cancer patients are provided, improves the quality of time, service and, more importantly, patient care." She said the Cancer Center performed more than 300 scans in 2007.
The fourth annual reception for the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care was held recently in Covington. Scarbrough reported, "Over 150 people attended the successful event at Tom Hagan’s lovely country home."
Jean Dugan said, "John would be honored that this event continues to grow and raise more funds for cancer care in Miami County at UVMC." Brian Dugan, his son, concurred. "Dad would be happy. He was very proud of Miami County and UVMC."
Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will be used to purchase portable patient monitoring systems and new patient treatment chairs for infusion therapy. Patients receiving chemotherapy are treated in the infusion therapy area of the Cancer Care Center.
More information on the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund is available from the UVMC Foundation, (937) 440-7541.