UTICA — The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation and the MVHS Cancer Center announced that their 21st annual Stomp Out Cancer Telethon held this spring raised $250,000.
This year, gifts had double the impact as all donations, up to $125,000, were matched by an anonymous donor. The telethon was broadcast live Wednesday, March 27 from the MVHS Cancer Center on WKTV NewsChannel 2 from noon to 7 p.m. and on CBS Utica from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More than 700 individuals and businesses contributed money to the fundraising effort. Money raised through this year’s telethon will support the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator that is “greatly needed” for the F. E. Romano Family Radiation Oncology Department at the MVHS Cancer Center,” MVHS said. The new linear accelerator will allow the MVHS Cancer Center team to target tumors more accurately in a shorter treatment time while also minimizing the dose of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue and organs, it noted.
“The support of this community is amazing,” said Nancy Butcher, director of the MVHS Cancer Center, said in a release. “What is being done at the MVHS Cancer Center is touching the lives of thousands and will continue to do so for generations to come.”