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Dickinson family pledges up to $750K for CAMC cancer center

By Megan Workman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The president of a campaign for Charleston Area Medical Center's new cancer center said she hopes a recent gift and the community's response will "finish out the campaign."

Gail Pitchford said the family of John L. Dickinson has pledged to donate up to $750,000 to the "Power of Many," the hospital's cancer center fundraising campaign.

The family will match each gift and pledge made to the campaign from now until April 1. For every dollar raised, the Dickinson family will match it, up to $750,000, Pitchford said.

Their donation is dependent on the match dollars, so contributions are critical, she said.

The CAMC Foundation has raised $12.8 million in its campaign. The goal is to raise $15 million of the total $40 million cost.

More than 1,600 people have donated money, from $2 to $2 million, Pitchford said.

The Dickinson family previously has donated more than $500,000 to the "Power of Many" campaign.

"The Dickinson family very much believes in the project. They understand the cause, they want the campaign to be successful and that's why they're doing this," Pitchford said. "It creates a sense of urgency."

The three-story, state-of-the-art health-care facility will be built on the site of the former Watt Powell ballpark in Kanawha City. It will face MacCorkle Avenue.

The 100,000-sqaure-foot building will have a memory garden near the center's entrance and a garden terrace above it on the second floor. The first floor will house a great room (a central seating area and a fireplace for visitors), a wig and prosthesis shop, a café and coffee shop, a patient reference library, waiting rooms and Charleston Radiation Therapy Consultants.

The David Lee Cancer Center will occupy the entire second floor of the building.

The new cancer center is scheduled to be completed in December 2014 and will open its doors to the first patient in January 2015.

To donate or to learn more about the cancer center, visit camcfoundation.org or call 304-388-9860.

Reach Megan Workman at megan.workman@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.


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