The capital campaign aimed at raising funds for a major expansion at the Community Cancer Center in Normal has hit the half way mark. Interim Director Roger Hunt says $4 million of the $8 million goal has been raised. Originally, organizers had hoped to break ground last fall, but Hunt says the economy slowed donations. He says hitting the campaign's half way point is big accomplishment.
"We have a very good team of community volunteers now that have been in a quiet phase of the campaign raising larger gifts to get us to the point where we can broaden the campaign, which we would hope to do after we start our groundbreaking, hopefully coming up in the spring."
Hunt says another $800,000 is needed before groundbreaking can begin. That would put the campaign at half the $9.6 million project cost. Hunt says the remaining $1.6 million cost of construction will be financed. The center on Vernon Street opened 14 years ago as a joint venture of the Bloomington-Normal's two main hospitals, now known as Advocate BroMenn and OSF St. Joseph's. Hunt says the added space should accomodate 7% annual growth over the next decade. Expansion plans includes adding a two story building south of the existing facility, larger oncology treatment areas as well as a chapel and library.
(illustration courtesy Community Cancer Center)
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