MEDFORD, Ore. – Today the Asante Foundation received a $5 million gift – the largest in Asante’s history – for cancer care. The money was donated by philanthropists Mary and Dick Heimann.
The money will support Asante’s Regional Cancer Institute, recruitment for medical leaders and a pediatric cancer clinic for children facing cancer.
The Heimann’s say they’re honored to give back to their community.
“For the community that we love, we wanted to do something that will leave a legacy,” said Dick Heimann, co-founder and vice chairman-emeritus of Lithia Motors. “The services and conveniences will provide excellence in medical care within this facility and will have a tremendous impact on so many people.”
“When we saw the regional cancer center plans and the possibilities for this community, it was really important for us to be able to make a gift and inspire others. It’s going to be a very special place,” said Mary Heimann.
Officials say the donation is an important milestone in the Asante Forward campaign. As a result, the campaign is over halfway toward its $50 million goal of over $25 million.
“Dick went on to say that they don't want to be the largest gift in a site date history for a long, and they hope others step forward to make even larger gifts to support the health of our region, that they really want to inspire and motivate people to be involved in this effort,” said executive director Floyd Harmon.
The cancer center will be named in the Heimann’s honor. The center is under construction and is expected to open in early 2022.