The June E. Nylen Cancer Center's 14th Annual Winter Benefit held at Stoney Creek Inn Saturday, March 10 and the St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Saturday, March 17 held at McCarthy & Bailey's Pub raised more than $187,000 thanks to the sponsors and the 300+ people who attended the events. Community volunteers Denise Wilson and Deb Smith co-chaired the event.
"The money raised this year will help purchase new radiation technology. Community support from our sponsors and many other donors in the past several years has helped us make dramatic advances in cancer treatment at the Nylen Cancer Center," says Karen Van De Steeg, executive director. "New equipment will complement "Trilogy" which provides the most accurate and up to date radiation treatment in the area."
Carrying a theme of "Stars and Angles Among Us – Fight Like the Irish," award winners – Judy Andresen of Ida Grove, IA and the Elk Point-Jefferson Wrestling Team – were honored along with special recognition to all the nominees. Bruce Miller of the Sioux City Journal served as master of ceremonies, Mike Langley and the Sioux City Bagpipers provided the entertainment.
Premier sponsors for the cancer center fundraiser were the Mark and Mary Ellen Nylen Foundation and Great Southern Bank. Other top sponsors were Mike and Margie Bennett, Gunderson's, KCAU Channel 9, Klinger, Inc., McCarthy & Bailey's Irish Pub, Midlands Clinic, P.C., Pyramid Technologies, the family of David Leo Carlson and the Sioux City Journal.
"This year we added the St. Patrick's Day Celebration which helped us raise awareness and community support to benefit local cancer patients," says Van De Steeg. "One hundred percent of the funds raised stay right here in Siouxland."
The June E. Nylen Cancer Center is one of only a few freestanding treatment centers of its kind in the Midwest. Using a holistic approach, they offer state-of-the-art treatment, technology, expert care, education information, counseling and support services. Serving patients in 33 counties in the tri-state area with patient visits averaging 175 a day and exceeding over 35,000 a year. The most frequently treated are lung, prostate, breast and colon cancers.
For more information visit www.nylencancercenter.com or FaceBook.com/NylenCancerCenter