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      Cowell Family Cancer Center brings care closer to home

      Stanley Krawczyk is a brain cancer survivor and supporter of the new cancer center

      Cancer- a disease that affects pretty much everyone as we have all felt the pain of knowing or losing someone to cancer. A top priority for Munson Healthcare has been to build a new cancer center to bring all specialized care to one place, and the plans are finally in motion.

      Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation President Desiree Worthington says that the care patients receive from Munson clinicians is top-notch but can be fractured.

      "We know that this is the best way to provide cancer care to the people of our region- it's been a priority for a long time," Worthington said.

      Stanley Krawczyk has worked at Munson for 13 and 1/2 years and now also knows the struggles of seeing different doctors after he was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year ago.

      "From the onset of this happening I could say nothing but great things about this hospital," Krawczyk said.

      With the new Cowell Family Cancer Center, patients will have access to a roughly 85,000 square foot world-class facility to be built near Kids' Creek- which is currently being restored as part of the project. The creek- restored to it's natural state will create a tranquil setting between the new cancer center and the surrounding neighborhood.

      Being a non-profit hospital, Munson is relying on the community to make the center a reality. "Pin-ups" will be sold for $2 at many locations, events, and local businesses giving people the chance to purchase them in honor or memory of someone. They will then be on display so anyone can show their support for the new center.

      The total estimated cost of the center is $45 million. A fundraising goal of $17 million has been set and only $2.6 million remains to met.

      With continued successful fundraising efforts, the new center may have a ground breaking as early as 2014. The center would take about two years to build.

      For more information on the Cowell Family Cancer Center or how to make a donation to the project, visit www.munsonhealthcare.org/imaginehealinghere