Cardio-Oncology matching gift challenge exceeded
Survival rates are increasing for patients with common types of cancer, but cancer treatment may pose risk to the heart. The Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology is a partnership of Providence Cancer Institute and Providence Heart Institute to help patients keep their heart healthy while receiving lifesaving cancer care.
Lynn Loacker gifted $1 million toward the project in memory of her husband, Jack, and offered a second gift of $1 million as a matching challenge. “It has meant so much to me to name this new program in Jack’s memory and help raise awareness among Providence supporters of this critical need,” said Lynn.
An inspiring number of donors accepted Lynn’s challenge and the goal has been exceeded. With more than $3 million in donations received thus far, the Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology has been funded for the next three years.
“This generous gift has led to the development of a unique cardio-oncology collaboration in the Pacific Northwest. By proactively testing for cardiotoxic complications, we aim to prevent unnecessary interruption or discontinuation of lifesaving cancer treatment.”
- Michael Layoun, M.D., FACC
Dr. Layoun and cardio-oncology nurse coordinator Kate Lenahan, RN, have already consulted with more than 100 oncology patients since opening the center in 2021. The funds donated to date will allow them to identify and meet with new patients, cross-educate the cardiology and oncology teams, and purchase diagnostic equipment essential to tailoring treatment to each patient.