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A Cancer Center Gift

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A Cancer Center Gift

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Uvalde has a unique opportunity to advance its posi­tion as a regional medical center with the location adjacent to Uvalde Memorial Hospital of an 8,000 square-foot cancer care center offering radiation therapy and 12,000 square feet of additional medi­cal office facilities for ancillary services including cardiology. The $5-million proj­ect would benefit not only Uvalde but the entire region.

Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe and his family have taken the dream of the center a giant step closer to real­ity with a challenge grant of $1.2 million to the Saving Lives Close to Home capi­tal campaign, bring­ing the total raised for the center so far to $2.4 million.

The region that would be served includes Uvalde, Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Val Verde and Zavala counties. Residents would greatly benefit from the new facil­ity. Uvalde Memo­rial Hospital in 2006 through 2007 alone documented 1,853 cancer patient visits. As Uvalde Memorial Hospital adminis­trator and CEO Jim Buckner said, “Can­cer touches every family at some point or another.”

Many patients need radiation ther­apy, and the nearest available facility for that treatment is in San Antonio.

Radiation therapy typically is admin­istered daily over a period of sever­al weeks, and that means a daily trip for each patient.

Patients from the region travel be­tween 40 and 154 miles, one way, for each treatment. Ev­eryone in the coun­ties that would be served would benefit from decreased travel distances if the cen­ter were in Uvalde, with people from Val Verde and Maverick counties saving over 150 miles, more than two hours, each trip.

Patients from Uvalde will save four hours. That’s four hours a day for people who are fight­ing, literally, for their lives.

We feel that those of us living in the region to be served should rise to the challenge of the Briscoe family and make whatever do­nation we can afford to fund this center.

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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