State Employees' Credit Union members have once againdemonstrated the value of credit unions by helping make a newcancer center in Western North Carolina a reality.

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The Raleigh-based credit union's SECU Foundation has donated $5million to Mission Hospital to complete construction on a newmulti-level, 120,000 square-foot cancer center.

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Named the SECU Cancer Center, it will house all outpatientcancer services in one location and, through an establishedpartnership between Mission Cancer Program and the UNC LinebergerComprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, will provide localsaccess to research projects, clinical trials and the latesttreatment options. The facility is slated to open in early2012.

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According to SECU Foundation Board Chair Shirley Bell, thedonation marks the foundation's largest gift to date.

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“We are trying to do projects across the state that can beduplicated in other areas,” said Shirley Bell, chairwoman of theSECU Foundation board. “We are helping all citizens in the state bythis center being here and we look forward to the completion ofthis wonderful facility.”

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The SECU Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable organization fundedsolely by the contributions of SECU members that promotes localcommunity development in North Carolina through high impactprojects in the areas of education, health and human services.

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