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Published on September 15, 2010

Kish Hospital Auxiliary Donates to New Cancer Center

September 15, 2010

Kish Hospital Auxiliary Donates to New Cancer Center

The Auxiliary Board of Kishwaukee Community Hospital: Row 1: Cile
Massover, Debi Frankovich, Phyllis Anderson, Vicke Heins, and Sally
Brotcke; Row 2: Cherie Recchia, Mina Johnson, Cheryl Lorden, Jim Butler,
Martha Snyder, and Harry Best; Row 3: Lisken Sherman, Ann Anderson,
Marilyn Nelson, Karen Mason, and Diane Oltman-Wells.

The Auxiliary Board of Kishwaukee Community Hospital is pleased to announce that it has made a pledge of $100,000 toward The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, which is scheduled to open in November. With this pledge, the Auxiliary will be naming the Medical Oncology Wing of the new center. The funds for this donation were raised through profits from the annual Auxiliary Snow Ball and numerous other smaller events, and from the Green Leaf Gift Shop. “The Auxiliary is pleased to be a small part of this wonderful addition to the DeKalb County community,” said Vicke Heins, Auxiliary Board President.

Since 1977, the Kish Hospital Auxiliary has donated more than $1.8 million to KishHealthFoundation to support the hospital. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the Kish Hospital Auxiliary for its support of KishHealth Foundation’s New Cancer Center Campaign. The Auxiliary has been extremely generous over the years and has continuously made an effort to support the many campaigns and projects that have taken place at Kish Hospital,” said Renee Ellingson, Health Foundation Executive Director.

“Thank you to Auxiliary board members, Auxilians, and volunteers for all of your hard work to make this generous donation possible,” added Ellingson.

KishHealth Foundation’s goal is to provide $1 million in philanthropic support toward the cost of the new cancer center. This goal represents seven percent of the total project cost and provides an essential part of the project’s overall financing. Proceeds from the campaign ensure that the project’s financing plan is sustainable and affordable, reducing total payment. The $1 million is expected to save approximately $250,000 in debt service over the term of the financing.

“Just about everyone’s life is touched by cancer. The goal of the physicians and staff at The Cancer Center has been and will continue to be to heal the whole body and the whole family. The community as a whole will benefit from this new facility,” said Ellingson.     

Opportunities exist for community members to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one who has suffered from the disease. Outright cash gifts, appreciated securities, real estate, planned or deferred gifts, and life insurance are ways individuals and organizations can give to the new cancer center. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on The Cancer Center’s donor wall. Special naming opportunities begin at $10,000.

For more information on the New Cancer Center Campaign naming opportunities please contact Renee Ellingson at 815.748.8902 or


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