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Marsh cancer center receives $3,000 donation

Money raised from tree-trimming party here Dec. 1 sponsored by Bailey Institute

Money raised from tree-trimming party here Dec. 1 sponsored by Bailey Institute

January 07, 2008

The Bailey Institute has donated $3,000 to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center in Hagerstown through the Antietam Health Care Foundation. The funds were raised at the Institute's 35th Tree Trimming Party in Hagerstown on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The donation will benefit the Patient Assistance Fund at John R. Marsh Cancer Center. This fund provides aid for uninsured and underserved cancer patients.

The Bailey Institute was founded in Cincinnati in 2000 by Dr. Jennifer Bailey, with a mission to "nurture future leaders and improve lives in underserved communities through education and technology." Since October 2006, the institute has been registered in Maryland with headquarters in Hagerstown.

In early 2007, when Bailey began looking for a Hagers-town beneficiary with goals that complement the Bailey Institute's mission to reach the underserved, her friend Virginia Tracey suggested the John R. Marsh Cancer Center.

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Tracey, a cancer survivor and a patient at the John R. Marsh Cancer Center said, "My experiences at the center have been very positive. Everyone has always treated me with such gentle kindness and respect. I wanted to find yet another way to lend support."

Dr. Charles Supernavage, a Hagerstown physician who has attended the event in the past, served as event chairperson for the 35th Tree Trimming.

The Tree Trimming Party has benefitted U.S. and global charities since 1993. Hagerstown is the seventh U.S. city to host the event.

In the future, Bailey plans to transition to Hagerstown some of the global development programs she has initiated in West Africa in the areas of technology, leadership, literacy, mathematics, science, and health and environmental education.

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