We sometimes over use the word “groundbreaking” in cancer world.

News reports throw that word around when they announce a new drug in cancer treatment.  Cancer research headlines sometimes lead with the word “groundbreaking” and then step back a little and add the words “could be” ahead of the word “groundbreaking.”

No doubt the hope is there, but the promise of it really being “groundbreaking” needs to be measured.

But here is some news that I think really is “groundbreaking” and awesome and more to the point, shows that if generous, giving people, who really believe that they can make a difference in cancer world put their mind to it….they can make a difference.

Today on the campus of Johns Hopkins there was a “Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building.”

Skip Viragh was a successful investment leader in Maryland.  Skip Viragh was a pancreas cancer patient at the Kimmel Cancer Center.  He died of his disease at the age of 62, in 2003.

This out-patient facility will be state-of-the-art amazing.  Advanced cancer imaging, room for clinical research, home to the Under Armour Breast Innovation Center, the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute and diagnostic and treatment planning services for new patients and multidisciplinary clinics, modeled on the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care.

Add to that patients and family services, an image recovery center and all of the support facilities cancer patients need, including 24-hour ONCOLOGY urgent care.

This center of care will be ten stories of commitment to “lifting” as we like to call it here at “Our Cancer.”

So the “groundbreaking” piece of this as I see it?

$100 MILLION DOLLARS IS THE PRICE TAG ON THIS PLACE….ALL OF IT…FUNDED ENTIRELY BY PHILANTHROPY.

Now that’s “groundbreaking”

 

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