Pictured, from left, are Jim Jones, Olympic Medical Center Foundation president; OMC Chief Nursing Officer Lorraine Wall; OMC Foundation Executive Director Bruce Skinner and Jim Leskinovitch, OMC Board of Commissioners chair.

Pictured, from left, are Jim Jones, Olympic Medical Center Foundation president; OMC Chief Nursing Officer Lorraine Wall; OMC Foundation Executive Director Bruce Skinner and Jim Leskinovitch, OMC Board of Commissioners chair.

Donation pushes Sequim cancer center expansion fundraising past $500,000 mark

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Medical Center Foundation has presented $79,193 to Olympic Medical Center’s board of commissioners for the expansion of the OMC Cancer Center in Sequim.

The overall amount presented Wednesday came as a result of several donations, and pushes the total of funds raised or pledged for the expansion to $511,000.

“We are extremely pleased that we have crossed the half million dollar mark in monies raised for this project,” said Jim Jones, foundation president.

Foundation officials have set a goal of raising $1 million for the expansion, as the number of patient visits at the cancer center has grown by 157 percent throughout the past 10 years.

More growth is expected in the future, national health officials say. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the number of new cancer cases in the U.S. is expected to increase by 45 percent.

“It is imperative that we expand the space to treat cancer,” Jones said. “A successful capital campaign will ensure that we will have the capabilities to treat this dreadful disease locally.”

Those interested in more information or in making a donation can call the OMC Foundation office at 360-417-7144, or email [email protected].

“We hope that many local people will become a part of this fundraising effort,” Jones said. “It’s an opportunity for people to leave a lasting legacy, and 100 percent of the monies raised will go towards the project. There are also naming rights opportunities.”

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