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Norris Cotton Cancer Center North Receives $250,000 Gift

Donors encourage community to join in completing $2 million campaign

July 7, 2008

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - Norris Cotton Cancer Center North today announced a $250,000 commitment of support from Carole and Walter Young of Woodsville, NH. The Cancer Center, which opened in St. Johnsbury, VT in September 2005, offers the 114,000 residents of Northeastern Vermont and New Hampshire's North Country access to advanced radiation treatment and the latest cancer therapies and clinical trials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 41 federally designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S.

"This contribution to the Cancer Center is very important to us," Carole Young said. "This is an important resource for all of us who live in the region. We live in a wonderful area, and having this kind of care available to us right here is something none of us should take for granted."

The Young's gift pushes the Campaign for Norris Cotton Cancer Center North to within $306,000 of reaching its $2 million goal. The facility and the campaign to support it are the result of collaboration among eight regional hospitals to address the challenges of area patients with cancer and their caregivers, who previously had to travel as much as two hours each way to receive advanced cancer care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

"With our contribution, we are asking others to step forward, too," said Walter Young. "If we don't support having this kind of cancer care here, I don't know who would. We hope others will join us to finish the campaign now."

The Young's commitment to the Cancer Center is the latest in their long-time generosity and civic involvement in the region. Mr. Young is the former owner of Newman Lumber Company in Woodsville, and the couple currently own Newman Lumber of Wells River, VT. Mr. Young is Chair of the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank and a director of the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association. Supporters of the Haverhill Police and Haverhill Corner Fire Department, the Youngs provided land and contributed to the construction of the Fire Department's building. Over the years, the couple also has supported area youth with scholarships, and generously supported the Dartmouth-Hitchcock annual fund, and Cottage Hospital in Woodsville.

Mark Israel, MD, the Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, expressed deep appreciation for the Young's generosity and farsightedness in supporting advanced cancer care close to home for the people of northern New Hampshire and Northeastern Vermont. "Transforming cancer care for our rural communities is very, very important to us. Through the support of generous donors like the Youngs, we are able to bring to local communities new technologies and advanced treatment options that make a difference in people's lives."