& Queen Anne's Hospital
Receives $500,000 Cancer Challenge
Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital has accepted a challenge to raise
$500,000 by July 2001 to establish an Endowment Fund for Cancer Programs.
If the Hospital can raise these funds an anonymous community member
will match them.
Maryann Ruehrmund, director of development points out, "This
challenge is an opportunity to focus on the long-term, future needs
of cancer patients and provide the community with an opportunity to
invest in the future of the oncology services the hospital provides.
We hope to raise at least two million dollars for the cancer endowment
Donations made to an endowment are permanently restricted; only the
income and a portion of the investment's growth can be used each year.
The annual income derived from investing these funds will be used
to fund early detection and prevention programs.
"For example, Johns Hopkins Medicine is studying the types of
cancer found in different location within Kent and Queen Anne's counties.
We expect these results to allow us to better focus prevention and
early detection efforts," says Ruehrmund. "Funds from this
endowment will also help expand the hospital's successful cancer counseling
center's programs such as the Patient-To-Patient support group and
the Prepared Family Caregiver course."
Each year 26,159 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Maryland; Maryland
is ranked seventh in cancer mortality (174.9 per 100,000 people) among
all the states and the District of Columbia, according to the 1997
Maryland Cancer Registry statistics.
"We hope this challenge sparks the interest of many new donors
in our ongoing fund raising efforts," Ruehrmund continues. "Five
hundred thousand dollars is a tremendous amount of money; the benefits
from it will touch many people's lives. We need to meet this challenge
and we will need help from people in the community to do it.
To help reach this goal proceeds from the Kent & Queen Anne's
Hospital Foundation's seventh annual Golf Tournament and Spring Reception
will be directed toward the challenge. This year's event will be held
at the Chester River Yacht & Country Club on Friday, June 1.
For more information on how to help the hospital meet this challenge,
please contact Maryann Ruehrmund at (410) 778-3300, ext. 4070.