Local business donates $1,000,000 to help Community Cancer Institute patients

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A generous donation will help cancer care for people in our area. Howe Electric Construction donated $1,000,000 to Clovis Community Medical Center’s Cancer Institute.

John Morris has been battling glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, since July of last year.

“Being operated on for the tumor, they wanted to do that as quickly as possible,” Morris said.

His treatment is underway at the Community Cancer Institute at the Clovis Community Medical Center.

He says his nurse navigator at the Oncology Services Center has been instrumental in helping him and his family with everything from medication to appointments and overall guidance.

A large portion of the donated dollars will help pay for the vital services of the nurse navigators.

“Right now, those things are not available to people through medical insurance,” said Katie Zenovich, Community Medical Foundation, CEO. “There’s something that the Oncology Support Services can help provide through the good philanthropy of the folks like Howe.”

Morris says the nurse navigators help give him peace of mind through the difficult treatment process. 

“It takes away a lot of confusion from your thoughts about what’s going to take place in the future and it in fact, I think, supports and eases the treatment if you know what is going to happen,” Morris explained.

The Community Cancer Institute has had nearly 50,000 appointments since opening. It’s a one-stop-shop for patients like Morris who says it’s invaluable.

“If there is such a thing as a crown jewel, for the Central Valley of California, this facility and the downtown facility could be the crown jewel of Fresno County,” Morris concluded.

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