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April 30, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Cancer Center receives $250,000 grant from SEFCU

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SEFCU, one of the largest credit unions in upstate New York, has announced a $250,000 gift to Upstate Cancer Center to fund the Vero SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy system) for advanced patient treatments, especially for lung, liver, and prostate cancer. With the acquisition of the Vero SBRT, Upstate will become one of only a few institutions in the world to offer this advanced technology for the treatment of cancer.

The $250,000 gift from SEFCU is one of the largest corporate gifts to the Upstate Cancer Center fundraising campaign.

Upstate Medical University President David R. Smith, MD, accepted the gift on behalf of the cancer center. “Upstate Medical University is thrilled with the generous support of SEFCU,” Smth said. “The credit union has a long history of supporting its local communities. This gift will help fund advanced treatment and imaging technologies in the new Upstate Cancer Center that will help benefit patients all throughout the region.”

Vero SBRT offers a unique combination of advanced treatment and imaging technologies that will facilitate the ability to deliver extremely high doses for radiotherapy to complex tumors located in critical areas while protecting neighboring organs, allowing Upstate to offer safe and more accurate treatment options.

“While we are a financial institution, SEFCU’s mission goes much deeper than just serving the financial needs of our members,” said Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU president and CEO. “We are committed to making a difference in the community and through partnerships like the one with Upstate Medical University we can impact the lives of thousands of people and families battling cancer,” Castellana added.

Established in 1934, today SEFCU is among the 50 largest credit unions in the United States with more than $2.5 billion in assets, over 230,000 members, and 46 branches in the Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse, and Buffalo.

The 74-million Upstate Cancer Center will bring all of the Upstate’s outpatient cancer services, for both children and adults, under one roof. The center will encompass 90,000 square feet on three stories and feature 27 private infusion areas, four-season rooftop healing gardens, meditation room, family resource center, multidisciplinary practice locations, private space for genetic, financial and other counseling services, a boutique for patient apparel and other personal products and three linear accelerator rooms. The facility will include two additional floors to accommodate future expansion.

The Upstate Cancer Center is expected to open in 2014.

Caption: SEFCU and Upstate Medical University gather for the announcement of SEFCU’s gift of $250,000 to the Upstate Cancer Center. The cancer center, undergoing construction, is at rear.

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