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Newsletter |  October 2019

Leadership Message | Celebrate and Support

The much anticipated Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania Gala is right around the corner.

We are pleased by the response of donors and friends who plan to share this special evening with us as we celebrate the outstanding achievements and continued expansion of cancer care in northern Tanzania.

Months of thoughtful planning have taken place to ensure guests experience the joy of supporting a meaningful mission such as FCCT’s.

It is only through the dedication of people like you that we can attain the resources needed to improve the lives of those suffering from cancer.

We are grateful not only to the donors and friends who’ve supported our work over the past five years, but to the dedicated leaders and humanitarians who’ve helped to guide our work.

Randy Hurley is an oncologist who had years of experience in the sphere of global health when he joined the FCCT Board of Directors. His story is one born of love.

Hazel  

Hazel Reinhardt
President and CEO, Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania

Provider Perspective | A Personal Mission

Randy Hurley, MD, FCCT Secretary and Director
Medical Director of Oncology, Regions Hospital

Many say stories of hopelessness and despair in developing countries tug at their heart strings. For Randy Hurley, it was a tug on his shirt sleeve.

At the tender young age of eight, his daughter had viewed commercials on television about the desperate needs of people in Africa; people who needed food, medicine, shelter and more. 

“Dad?” Hurley recalls his daughter asking. “Can we go to Africa? Can we do something to 
help?" 

And so began Hurley’s personal mission as a global health humanitarian. 

An article in his church bulletin confirmed the commitment. A sister-congregation in Tanzania needed support. In 2002, together with his wife, a nurse, and their two children, the Hurley family journeyed to Tanzania. It was a trip they would take annually for years, working with Tanzanians to develop a health center, a hospital and a nursing school — each entity operated entirely by locals.

An oncologist, Hurley understands the desperate odds facing the people of Tanzania where limited access and resources means survival in the event of a cancer diagnosis is unlikely.

He’s been involved in several nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Africa, including Global Health Ministries. He describes his work in global health as a bit of a hobby — yet a passion as well. 

Hurley and several other healthcare professionals founded the Ilula Health Center Task Force, now a 501c3 nonprofit named Shoulder to Shoulder to develop and support work at the Ilula Hospital and Nursing School in south central Tanzania.

Fifteen years later, he was drawn to the work of the Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania.

    

“Cancer is the next major global healthcare burden,” says Hurley. “Now is the perfect time to be involved in cancer care. Professional societies are helping to elevate awareness and support necessary infrastructure.”    

Hurley says he was impressed by FCCT’s vision and mission to support the development of cancer care services. The comprehensive cancer centre, infusion centre and now inpatient cancer ward are amazing milestones that would not have been possible without the help of generous donors, partners and friends. 

“We’ve traveled for 17 years as a family, and with neighbors and friends to this very special place,” says Hurley of his time in Tanzania. “To truly understand the health disparities and the need for resources and access to care, I encourage others to do so as well.”

The eight-year-old girl who once urged her father "do something" to help is now a mother and herself working in healthcare, surely quite proud of the difference he has made.

About Randy Hurley

Dr. Hurley is a board-certified hematologist-oncologist and member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation. Hurley also serves as the medical director of the HealthPartners and Regions Hospital Cancer Care Centers.

Hurley has an interest in global health and is board-certified in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has more than 12 years of experience providing medical care in Tanzania and serves on several boards related to global health ministry. He co-directs an annual six-week interdisciplinary global health course for University of Minnesota medical students and pharmacy students.

Hurley received the 2018 Rein in Sarcoma Excellence in Education award for his dedication to education.    

Patient Perspective | Essential Resources

Cancer patients at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre [KCMC] requiring lab tests will have an improved experience with the delivery of the cancer center’s first biochemistry machine.

The new machine, made possible by FCCT and its partners, will allow technicians to perform lab tests on patients at the clinic, resulting in less wait times for patients, quicker turnaround on lab results and less delays for starting chemotherapy.

    

2019 FCCT Gala - October 26, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel

The 5th-annual fundraising FCCT Gala, Saturday, October 26, 2019, is rapidly approaching. You can view updates on the FCCT website — tanzaniacancercare.org — registration for this exciting event is open!

There will be several opportunities to participate in our fundraising at the Gala:

•    Bid assertively on live auction items such as a relaxing and enjoyable stay in a beautiful home near Lutsen, MN, with stunning views and many opportunities for outdoor activities.

•    Outbid your friends and family on silent auction items such as Tanzanite jewelry, colorful and dramatic Tinga paintings, handbags or local Minnesota restaurants and family activities.

•    Throw accurately in the ring toss and win a tasty bottle of wine or spirits.

Please contact Mary Cook at 612-810-5897 or kiwi5cooks@yahoo.com if you are interested in contributing, such as providing a full or partial table sponsorship or donations for the live or silent auctions. We are also looking for volunteers on the day and evening of the event.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you Saturday, October 26!

Mary C. Cook
Gala Chair, FCCT

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Visit the FCCT website to see the progress being made and learn how your support can save lives, ease suffering and transform cancer outcomes for the people in northern Tanzania.
 

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