Donor Ann Farry
Donor Ann Farry
Update: Ann Farry passed away in 2015. Her legacy of giving will live on through her generous contribution to the St. Charles Cancer Center, as well as an estate gift she left to St. Charles Foundation. She will be missed.
As a cancer survivor, Ann Farry knows that when treatment services are located in different places it can be complicated, expensive and inconvenient for patients.
At one point during treatment for chronic leukemia, Farry was hospitalized and had to be taken by ambulance to the St. Charles Medical Oncology clinic a few blocks away from the Bend hospital to receive her chemotherapy. Because of that experience, and her belief in the care she has received from the St. Charles cancer team, Farry has become a big supporter of the St. Charles Foundation’s fundraising effort toward construction of a new, integrated cancer center.
“When all of the services are in one place, you won’t have to do that anymore,” Farry said.
The Foundation is in the process of raising $5.7 million for the nearly $13 million project. Once complete, the new 17,000-square-foot cancer center on the St. Charles Bend campus will house radiation oncology, medical oncology and support services including survivorship programs, support groups and integrative therapies like acupuncture, massage and Reiki. The facility was designed with input from patients, family members and staff to ensure that it promotes a patient-centric approach to treatment.
“This cancer center will provide hope and healing to people with cancer,” said Lisa Dobey, executive director of the St. Charles Foundation. “It is the generous, giving spirit of community members like Ann Farry that will make this integrated cancer center a reality for our families, friends and neighbors.”
The newly expanded St. Charles Cancer Center will open in the summer of 2014 with greater capacity to serve cancer patients throughout the region.
“We know from national statistics that one in two people will be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in their lifetimes,” said Dr. Linyee Chang, medical director of the St. Charles Cancer Center. “Cancer is a problem that belongs to everyone. It affects us all and touches all of our lives.”