Carilion Clinic announces $100 million cancer center

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion Clinic announced plans Tuesday, Nov. 26, for the Carilion Clinic Cancer Center on the VTC Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke using a $1 million gift as seed money.

The $1 million gift was donated by President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee and her husband, the Honorable G. Steven Agee. The two made the donation “in honor of the many individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for patients with cancer, along with those confronting the disease through their research and advocacy efforts,” a statement from Carilion said.

15-years ago Judge Steve Agee was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“We personally know what it’s like when the doctor tells you, you have cancer,” said Judge Agee.

“I’ve been truly blessed to be cancer-free for all that period of time. Having gone through that experience it gives you a sense of empathy for others that you just wouldn’t get any other way.”

“Cancer care has long held a special place in my heart,” said Mrs. Agee. “Steve and I are taking this step now to enhance care in our region, building upon the dedicated work of those who have come before us. We’re committed to offering exceptional care to our neighbors in years to come.”

The new Carilion Cancer center is expected to cost around $100 million. It is separate from a $1 billion Carilion project announced in May 2019.

“This is a big step forward for cancer care in our region,” said James Hartley, chairman of the board of directors for Carilion Clinic. “Nancy and Steve have long been ambassadors of our community – what a tremendous way of showing the love to their neighbors. This cancer center will play an integral role in providing high-quality care close to home for us all.”

Planning is underway. Carilion’s statement said fundraising will determine how quickly the center is completed. Anyone interested in contributing can click here.

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