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Dugan Memorial Fund Continues Cancer Care Center Support

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Jean Dugan, center, greets guests at this year’s Annual Reception for the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care. 

A new infusion therapy area being built as part of the UVMC Cancer Care Center expansion was the beneficiary of this year’s Annual Reception for the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care.

The reception, held May 26 at the home of Dave and Sally Waibel near Troy, was sponsored by John Dugan’s 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 $300,000 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.

Construction is under way on Phase II of the Cancer Care Center expansion.

The new area will include a new ground level dedicated entrance to the center along with the 10 private infusion rooms, a medical library and family waiting area. The infusion rooms will look out over a healing garden. The new area is scheduled to open next spring.

The Annual Reception for the Dugan fund was created not only to raise money for the Cancer Care Center but to increase awareness of the center and the services it offers, Brian Dugan, one of the Dugans’ seven children, said.

“The number one goal was to let people know of this beautiful, wonderful facility that some of them drive by on their way to Dayton or a bigger city,” Brian Dugan said.  “I don’t think people knew there was the cancer center option, one that is so much more convenient for people to get in and out for their treatment.”

With the center’s phase one expansion complete and work under way on phase two, he added that “the nicest part has been to see how the cancer center has grown.”

Jean Dugan said the fundraiser shows people in and outside the community the type of support that UVMC is getting from the community. “The message is the center is not only available but offers quality and caring treatment,” she said.

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Brian Dugan, left, talks during the Annual Reception for the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care while Jean Dugan listens.

The fundraiser, hosted annually at a home in Miami County, has attracted 125 to 150 people and raised approximately $45,000 each year.

“Every year we say the same thing: ‘Wasn’t that wonderful?  Wasn’t that a great event?’” Jean Dugan said. “It doesn’t matter if it poured raining or if it was a beautiful, sunny day. It is the enthusiasm of the people there for the cause … a good cause that they are supporting. And, they enjoy themselves.”

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.

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; Brent Black, 2009; and Greg and Laura Stephens in 2010.

To learn more about the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care, contact the UVMC Foundation office at (937) 440-7541.