SIH Vice President of Community Affairs Woody Thorne gave special thanks to Cynde and David Bunch, owners of Walker’s Bluff for their $500,000 gift.
“The support of our generous donors bolsters our ability to provide cutting edge, even breakthrough, cancer treatment locally. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of patients treated here over the last 18 months, which produces significant benefits to their families and support systems,” Thorne said. “We are here today to say “thank you” to Cynde and David Bunch, and the many new donors who have supported the Hope is Home fundraising campaign.
“This center symbolizes a victory for southern Illinois that could not be realized by any one individual or organization alone and a reminder that together we can accomplish anything for our region,” said Cynde and David Bunch in a joint statement.
SIH Director of Cancer Care Services Jennifer Badiu echoed Thorne’s comments, noting the SIH Cancer Institute experienced a 30% increase in volume during its first year of operation, totaling over 1,200 patients from southern Illinois and neighboring states.
“Over 1,600 donors from across the region – children, patients, families, the business community – have supported this effort,” Thorne added.
Additional naming and donor opportunities exist. To date, the fundraising effort for the SIH Cancer Institute stands at $5.7 million in funds pledged and gifted to the SIH Foundation.