OLYMPIC MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CAPITAL
CAMPAIGN, PRESENTS HARVEST OF HOPE
The Olympic Medical Center Foundation has announced plans to
conduct a capital campaign to expand the OMC Cancer Center, and has received a
lead gift of $100,000 from Bill and Esther Littlejohn of Sequim towards that
The donation was part of fundraising
efforts for the Foundation's annual Harvest of Hope fundraising event, which
raised a record $213,000 towards cancer care and the expansion Saturday night
at Sunland Golf and Country Club.
"It is imperative that we expand the
Center," said Foundation President Phil Walker. "A successful capital campaign
will ensure that we will be able to expand to meet the increased number of
patients who will need treatment in the future.
"We made this gift because we think
the cancer center expansion is extremely important to the community,"
Littlejohn said. "I've had so many people tell me how much they appreciate the
OMC Cancer Center, as they provide world class care. Also, patients don't have
to travel back and forth to Seattle when they're really sick," he continued.
In addition to monies being raised for
the cancer center expansion, attendees also contributed $30,000 to fund the
Cancer Center's Patient Navigator program, which provides basic living expenses
for low income cancer patients. The evening featured food prepared by well-known
local chef Kathryn Kitts from The Sweet Beginning Café and wine from Harbinger
Winery from Port Angeles.
The number of patient visits at the Cancer Center has grown
by 157 percent over the last 10 years, and even more growth is expected in the
future. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the number of
new cancer cases in the U.S. will increase by 45 percent.
"Due to people living longer and an
aging baby boomer population, the number of incidents of cancer will rise,"
said OMC CEO Eric Lewis.
The expansion will include:
clinical exam space;
expansion of the pharmacy;
infusion and chair space; and
education space that will allow for physicians and staff to explain the short
and long term effects to patients and support them during difficult emotional
"We hope that many local people will become a part of this
fundraising effort," said Littlejohn, who also has agreed to be the chairman of
the expansion campaign.
"It's an opportunity for people to leave a lasting legacy,
and 100 percent of the monies raised will go towards the project. No funds will
be used for administrative or fundraising costs. There will also be naming
Lewis said that the expansion will make the cancer center
viable for the long term, and that it will enable OMC to recruit and retain the
best physicians and other cancer professionals.
"It will literally save people's lives," he said.
Persons who are interested in more information
or in making a donation can call the OMC Foundation office at 360-417-7144, or
email them at .