Our local community and our vendors go above and beyond for our patients. There are many Jacksonville area businesses, nonprofits, and cultural groups that provide discounts or donations year-round for those being treated at our facility. Last month we received a surprise gift of a new shuttle bus from THE PLAYERS Championship. The timing couldn’t be better since our original van, in service since 2011 and rolling over nearly 200,000 miles, is starting to show its age. The original van was a donation organized by proton alum Markus Mittermayr. His Kiwanis chapter raised funds to help defray the cost of purchase from Nimnicht Chevrolet. Over the years, many proton alumni, patients and other donors have contributed to the maintenance and staffing of the transportation service. Patients frequently remark that the proton van, thanks in large part to driver Mitch Kubaki, makes their lives much easier during a difficult time. I am grateful for the community’s support of our mission to provide exceptional care to cancer patients.
Stuart L. Klein