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The Saving Lives Close to Home Capital Compaign was successfully completed in December 2009 and funded the Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center that opened on August 17, 2011.

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We have successfully completed our capital campaign- Saving Lives Close to Home.  The campaign raised $5.2 million to expand cancer and medical care in a nine-county region, surpassing our $5 million goal. Led by members of our community, our efforts will fund the critically needed Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center with the only radiation oncology treatment available west of San Antonio.

The Need - 2007

This project was designed to meet basic human needs in healthcare and to provide access to vital medical care where none currently exists.  Cancer patients in Southwest Texas currently must travel to San Antonio for radiation therapy, and the center would allow them to be seen closer to home, thereby spending more of their precious time with family and friends. It would also, for those patients who are working while taking treatments minimize time away from work.

The Campaign - June 2008 to December 2009

Our campaign was launched in June 2008 when Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and Janey Briscoe Marmion gave the campaign's lead gift of $1.2 million in memory of the governor's granddaughter and Janey and Jim Marmion’s daughter, Kate.

Their support was instrumental to the campaign being awarded a $500,000 Challenge Gift by The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. To receive the Mabee challenge gift, we had to complete the campaign by the end of 2009. Which we did thanks to the generosity of so many individuals, businesses and foundations from across our region and state.

While we have met the construction goal, our fundraising and outreach are still very much in full swing. Every dollar raised will support the mission of the regional center.

Ongoing donor support will be needed to provide medical care for those who do not have the financial resources for radiation therapy and for the cost to offer transportation for those patients who do not have access to the new center.

The new Center will serve patients of Uvalde, Real, Zavala, Edwards, Medina, Maverick, Val Verde, Dimmit and Kinney counties.

All gifts to the campaign will be a charitable contribution since Uvalde Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) community hospital.

How you can contribute

To make a gift to the Saving Lives Close to Home campaign, please complete the mail-in form , or contact Sheri Rutledge, Development Coordinator at 830-278-6251 extension 1616. Email:

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Project team

Honorary Chairs

The Honorable Dolph Briscoe, Jr.


Janey Briscoe Marmion


Roger Berry
John L. Shudde, MD

Committee Members

Lewis E. Bracy, Jr.


Vicente Gonzales, III

Bill Kessler

Carol Kothmann

Rene Nolasco

Joe Parker

Alexis L. Petty

Janet White

UMH Advisors

Jim Buckner,Administrator
Sheri Rutledge, Development Coordinator
Rose Puente, Cost Accountant