The new American Cancer Society's Regional Center is open for business, a fact that was celebrated Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family Building.
A total of $3.8 million was given to the effort through private donations and corporate contributions.
The new facility, at 38 Richards Ave., is adjacent to Interstate 95. Staff that previously worked in Wilton now has a 13,350-square-foot home in Norwalk, thanks in large part to a $1 million donation from the Whittingham Family Foundation Inc., a major supporter of area health care institutions, including the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and Stamford Health Foundation. C. Anthony Whittingham died of cancer in July 2009 soon after making the donation. Jean Whittingham held the scissors to cut the ribbon at the ceremony.
Construction began in June 2010 . The American Cancer Society has said owning the regional building, rather than leasing one, will result in annual savings of more than $250,000, which instead will fund programs critical to the society's mission.
The building includes the Nicholas and Anita Mercede Family Quality of Life Center, which offers one-to-one consultation and services for cancer patients, professional seminars for the medical community, support groups and community outreach programs. The Purdue Pharma Patient Resource Room in the center brings together all of the supplemental services a cancer patient might need: nutritional counseling, personal care services, individualized information, multilingual materials, and free wigs and prostheses.
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