UVMC Cancer Care Center Receives Over $225,000 in Gifts From Five Years of Dugan Fundraising Events
Over the past five years, the UVMC Cancer Care Center has received over nearly a quarter of a million dollars in donations from annual fundraising events sponsored by Jean and Brian Dugan.
This year’s event, held in May at the home of Brent Black, Troy, pushed total contributions over the $225,000 level.
“Their support has really helped us tremendously,” according to Jean Heath, Director of the UVMC Cancer Care Center. “People in our community benefit directly from the Dugans’ tireless efforts.”
In 2007, donations from the Dugan fundraising events assisted with the relocation of a CT scanner to the Cancer Care Center for the convenience of cancer patients. Last year, UVMC was able to purchase a high-clarity monitoring system, and make enhancements to the infusion room, including new massage and infusion chairs that provide warmth and massage while patients are receiving treatments, which can take hours to complete. This year’s donations will be used for future expansion of the Cancer Care Center to meet the growing need for services in our community.
“Without the great support of this event’s attendees and donors, these enhancements to the Cancer Care Center would not be possible,” asserts Brian Dugan.
For the Dugans, supporting the UVMC Cancer Care Center not only serves to honor the late patriarch of the family, John J. Dugan, but also serves to enhance the quality of cancer care for residents in Miami County and surrounding communities.
“My husband was a great supporter of UVMC,” said Jean Dugan. “He died in 2003 from complications from esophageal cancer. Our family decided the best way to honor his memory was to support the UVMC Cancer Care Center.”
“We want the community to know that the Cancer Care Center has highly qualified professionals and advanced equipment, so that those who need treatment don’t have to go all the way to Dayton to get the care they need,” Dugan continued.
At the time of his death, John Dugan had been a Miami County commissioner, and a long-time supporter of UVMC. He founded Benefits Analysis Corporation, a Troy-based independent broker for employee benefit plans. Before coming to the Upper Miami Valley, Dugan, a native of New York State, had served in the Marines in the Korean War, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University.
At this year’s Dugan fundraising event, Jean Heath and Dr. Ron Setzkorn, radiation oncologist at the UVMC Cancer Care Center, each spoke briefly about the work of center, and how donations make it possible to enhance treatment of cancer patients in the area. Special acknowledgement was also given to those who have hosted the event over the past five years, including Bill and Wanda Lukens (hosts in 2005), Henry and Linda Ernst (2006), Dr. Norman and Georgia Armstrong (2007), Tom Hagan (2008), and Brent Black (2009). In addition, fundraiser committee members Michael Mailberger, chief executive officer of UVMC; Dave Meckstroth, former UVMC CEO; Ron and Sharon Widener; and UVMC Foundation director Kathie Scarbrough were also honored for their efforts.
Tours of the UVMC Cancer Care Center are available to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families, as well as those in the community who would like to know more about the facility. To arrange a tour, contact the Center at (937) 440-4820.
Contact: Kathleen Scarbrough, Executive Director, UVMC Foundation