AT&T donates $50,000 to regional cancer care center
by Heidi Hood, Uvalde Leader News staff writer. The AT&T Foundation brought the construction of the $5 million regional cancer center in Uvalde another step closer to reality.
Representatives of AT&T (L to R) Richard Castellanos, area sales manager; Lupita Zepeda, regional mgr.; Lou Simmons, director of sales for the South Texas region; & Gene Moreno, executive director, present a $50,000 donation to Saving Lives Close to Home
The AT&T Foundation brought the construction of the $5 million regional cancer center in Uvalde another step closer to reality.
One week ago today representatives of AT&T presented a check for $50,000 to the Saving Lives Close to Home Campaign, which, according to Sheri Rutledge, Project development coordinator, brings the campaign within $200,000 of its goal.
Representatives of the Campaign Capital Committee and AT&T gathered in former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr.’s office at First State Bank of Uvalde for the presentation of the check.
“I like that,” said Briscoe, honorary chairperson of the committee, when Gene Moreno, executive director with AT&T presented the check to campaign representatives.
The comment evoked laughter among the group, but the mood was serious as Moreno stated that the facility is an unfortunate necessity.
Moreno said it is unfortunate that this kind of facility is required at all, but cancer is a reality and the reality is the facility, which will provide radiation oncology to help those with cancer.
“It’s an installment in the future,” he said of AT&T’s gift to the cancer center and added that AT&T is glad to be able to help.
“All of us appreciate the support that we have from AT&T, not only for this project but all projects,” said Briscoe.
The $5 million campaign was launched in June 2008 when Briscoe and his daughter, 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, for whom the new center will be named.
The capital campaign is aptly named Saving Lives Close to Home because it will fund a 20,000-squarefoot Regional Cancer Care Medical Center to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients and assist in recruiting primary and secondary physicians. The center will be located on four acres of land adjacent to Uvalde Memorial Hospital donated by the late Joseph Puccini.
The centerpiece of the project is to bring aggressive, state-of-the art cancer care to the region. Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy to effectively and aggressively treat cancer. Right now, South Texas residents must drive to San Antonio for the service. The new center will allow them to receive treatment much closer to home.
The additional medical office building will establish a regional center for comprehensive care, expanding the number and types of medical specialists in the service region in the fields of orthopedics, cardiology, surgery and primary care.
The new center will serve patients of Uvalde, Real, Zavala, Edwards, Medina, Maverick, Val Verde, Dimmit and Kinney counties.
All donations to the campaign are tax deductible because Uvalde Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community hospital.
For more information or to support the Saving Lives Close to Home campaign, contact Sheri Rutledge at 830-278-6251 ext. 1616 or visit the hospital’s Web site at www.umhtx.org.
Donations may be mailed to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, 1025 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801.
The donation made Thursday was made through the AT&T Foundation. Their mission statement explains “AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives.
“Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation supports projects that create opportunities, make connections and address community needs where we — and our customers — live and work.
“In 2008, we contributed $169 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs. Supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century, and education is our key philanthropy focus. We are driven to help students succeed — in school, in the workforce and in life.”