UPDATE: News 12 at 6 o' clock/ February 18, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga.--The Masters Tournament announce a $6 million donation to GRU Augusta to build a state of the art cancer center. The money will also help build a children's camp for kids with disabilities and illness.
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver says, "6 million dollars going to the cancer center, it's huge for the city!"
GRU will still have to come up with an additional $8.5 million before the state will hand over $45 million in bond funding to complete the state of the art facility, but the city hopes to help with that.
Copenhaver says, "We are putting together our SPLOST package that will be voted on May 20th. The commission has to approve it first, but we do have $8 million in there currently in funding for the cancer center ."
The center will bring more cancer research and clinical trials to the area. Barbara Trulock says, "It's going to be amazing and so important for people that can't travel."
Trulock has been cancer free for two years, but she remembers those frightening moments at the beginning of her journey like it was yesterday.
"Honestly, I hink telling our children (was the hardest part). We're fortunate they're all here in Augusta, but that was really difficult."
Duncan Johnson also remembers those uncertain moments. His son is a cancer survivor, which is why he's helping fundraise for the new Camp Lakeside. He knows firsthand that sick kids are still kids.
"They're able to be able to go and do things like rope swings, zip lines, canoeing, and all with a full medical staff. They won't miss a single treatment but they'll be able to be a child," Duncan said.
Camp Lakeside will be in Lincoln County and will be able to house 500 kids at a time.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- Community Foundation of CSRA announces a $6 million commitment from Masters Tournament to help create a new cancer facility at GRU Augusta and a children's camp for disabilities and illnesses.
This multi-year pledge is the latest in a history of financial contributions made by the Masters Tournament through The Community Foundation.
"Through the Masters Tournament, we remain committed to the tradition established by our Founders to give back, and that includes sharing our resources with the community that supports us so graciously," said Bill Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
The Director of GRU Augusta Cancer Center says the building is the first phase of a 400,000 square foot new comprehensive cancer center complex that will expand and integrate research and clinical activities in one space.
Stay with News 12 for more on this developing story.