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A Family Gives Back

Several years ago, Michael Aquilino learned something very important about the value of time. His wife, Tammie, was diagnosed with cancer. For two and a half years, as she bravely battled the disease, time was a precious commodity.

The demands of caring for his wife and their three young children, traveling to many doctor’s appointments while maintaining his career were taxing.

After Tammie passed away, Michael decided more could be done to help families such as his, battling cancer in our community. His generous donation has helped the Adventist HealthCare Aquilino Cancer Center become a reality.

Michael believed our community deserved a state-of-the-art cancer center, where the best of care would be available, a place where services patients would benefit from would be available under one roof, eliminating the need to travel near and far for appointments. The Aquilino Cancer Center offers an array of services that help patients in their physical, emotional and spiritual fight, while taking into consideration the importance of preserving the family unit.

When the Aquilino Cancer Center opens its doors in the summer of 2013, it will house advanced technology and leading-edge equipment to help patients fight a variety of cancers. Patients and their families will have access — in one place — to expert medical care as well as essential support services. And the center will house multidisciplinary teams of cancer specialists who will work together every day on patient care plans.

This past June, Michael and his family joined physicians and administrators from Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, friends of the hospital and members of the community at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Aquilino Cancer Center.

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