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Cancer Care Center Benefits from Sixth Annual Dugan Fund Raiser

DuagnFor the sixth year, more than 140 people gathered at a Miami County residence in May to raise thousands of dollars for the UVMC Cancer Care Center.  The Dugan Reception for cancer care honoring the late John J. Dugan is sponsored by his wife, Jean, and their son, Brian.

John Dugan was a Miami County commissioner and long-time supporter of UVMC at the time of his death in 2003 from complications from esophageal cancer. His family chose to honor him through support of the local Cancer Care Center.

That commitment has raised close to $270,000 for Cancer Care Center projects such as relocation of a CT scanner to the center for convenience of cancer patients and purchase of massage and infusion chairs that provide warmth and massage while patients are receiving treatments.

Brian Dugan said each year’s event has raised consistently between $40,000 and $50,000.

“It is just a wonderful event,” Brian Dugan said. “I think it is one of the largest fund-raisers in the area for a hospital.”

New people are added each year to those supporting the cause. “It is really very gratifying. We would like to see it continue to grow,” Jean Dugan said.

The Cancer Care Center’s expansion planned for this year and the addition of a second linear accelerator for radiation oncology is “exciting,” she said.

“One of our big interests is to see that word gets out that we have a great cancer care center and a great staff here in Miami County,” Jean Dugan said.

The Dugans said they believe the fund raiser is successful, in part, because of those who open their homes to guests for the evening. This year’s event was held at the polo barn on the grounds of Greg and Laura Stephens’ residence near Piqua.

“It is so wonderful there has been such enthusiasm and support from those attending annually and our hosts have been so gracious to open their homes for a big event like this,” Jean Dugan said.

Others who have hosted the fund-raiser over the years have been Bill and Wanda Lukens, 2005; Henry and Linda Ernst, 2006; Dr. Norman and Georgia Armstrong, 2007; Tom Hagan, 2008; and Brent Black, 2009.

Brian Dugan said they make sure to report each year how the money is being used. “It has made some obvious differences to the care of the patients,” he said.

John Dugan founded Benefits Analysis Corporation, a Troy-based independent broker for employee benefit plans. A native of New York State, John Dugan served in the Marines in the Korean War and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University.

Brian Dugan said his father would be pleased to see how the fundraiser has matured. “Dad would be so happy to know that the community is coming together to support cancer care in Miami County,” he said. 

To learn more about the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care, please contact the UVMC Foundation office at 440-7541.