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Carilion announces plans for new cancer center

Carilion Clinic unveiled plans Tuesday for what it called a world-class cancer center in Roanoke, kicking off a fundraising campaign with a $1 million contribution from President and CEO Nancy Agee and her husband Steven Agee.

The four-story building would stand at the corner of Franklin Road and Reserve Avenue, marking the western entrance to a rapidly growing health care and technology campus that includes Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

The pace of fundraising that follows the Agees’ gift will determine how quickly the $75 million to $100 million center will be built.

“We are starting from scratch,” Nancy Agee said. The hope is that within four years, she said, the region will have an innovative facility that enhances cancer care with leading research and clinical trials for local patients, delivered in a warm and caring environment.

“This would put us on par with anyone,” she said.

The Agees decided to jumpstart the fundraising campaign with a $1 million donation to honor those who have fought cancer — both on a personal and professional front.

“We hope that this ‘seed’ gift will inspire our community to advance cancer care in our region for generations to come,” said Steven Agee, who serves as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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