The OSF HealthCare Foundation recently received a $1 million gift which will be used to support construction of a new, free-standing state-of-the-art Cancer Center on the OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center campus in Alton. Thanks to this generous gift, OSF Saint Anthony’s is now more than 60% of the way to a $2.5 million fundraising goal.
Construction of the 15,500 square foot facility is underway and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019, with the total project cost of $14 million.
This essential and transformative gift was made by Mike and Amy Moeller. Mike, a private investment portfolio manager, said, “My job is to make prudent investments for others to help them achieve their financial goals. My gift is simply an investment in the leadership, highly qualified Oncology team, and community.”
In addition to their financial contribution, the Moeller’s desire to be further engaged with the patients and care team at the new Cancer Center. They are working with Sister Anselma, Chief Operating Officer, to create an opportunity for Mike and his family to pray with and minister to those currently undergoing cancer treatment. Mike and Amy believe strongly in the power of prayer and its ability to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
“My family and I are excited to come alongside the pastoral care team and pray with patients and family members who ask for support. There is no greater joy than the privilege of encouraging those who are going through a difficult journey,” added Mike Moeller.
Cancer is something the Moeller family is all too familiar with. Mike’s own father, Ron Moeller, lost his battle with the disease. During his father’s treatments, Mike witnessed his father praying with the patients next to him and spreading hope throughout the room. This helped shape the philosophy for which the Moellers live and raise their children by today – Honor God and Help People.
“I fail much of the time to live up to the command, but my family and dear friends hold me accountable! I also had a father who lived it and modeled it for me each day until he died of colon cancer,” he shared.
The Moellers first learned about the patient-focused, high quality care provided at OSF Saint Anthony’s when Mike began participating in the Foundation’s annual golf tournament about 10 years ago. The funds raised from the annual tournament are used to support the Oncology program. The new Cancer Center will allow patients in the Riverbend to receive outstanding, comprehensive cancer care that is close to home. Treatment and support will be all under one roof and new technology will allow for even more precise treatment for a variety of cancers.
Ajay Pathak, President and CEO OSF Saint Anthony’s shared, “The magnitude of commitment and support by Mike and the entire Moeller family, reflects the confidence in our physicians, care team and community partners that lead and support patients and family members through their journey from diagnosis to survivorship. We are blessed to find such a high level of support for the compassionate and expert care we provide every day for our patients.”
Pathak is also excited the donation could encourage others to give. “This tremendous gift by the Moellers puts us in a great position to be more than 60 percent of the way to our philanthropic goal. Our hope is that the community at large sees the importance of this program and cancer center, and feel inspired to help fill this need.”
For more information about how you can contribute to cancer services at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center, call the OSF HealthCare Foundation at 618-463-5168 or email Lee McRaven. To help support the Cancer Center of Excellence – Make a donation today.