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Murray Leads Delegation in Securing $2.1 Million for Proton Therapy Center
Date:12/21/2007

Leading-edge radiation treatment facility to serve Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Steadfast support by Washington Sen. Patty Murray and the western Washington state congressional delegation has resulted in $2.1 million in federal funding designated to help development of a state-of-the-art proton-beam therapy center by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The money is included in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed by President Bush on Thursday, Dec. 20.

"The leadership of Senator Murray and Congressman Dave Reichert for this important regional resource for cancer patients is tremendously appreciated," said Norm Hubbard, executive vice president of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. "These funds are vital to help with the early capitalization of the project."

"I am so proud to be able to help the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to further their work of improving cancer medicine and saving lives," Murray said. "This project is about helping science to move forward and providing hope for the millions of patients and families who suffer with the realities of cancer."

"This funding victory will help make a promising new treatment a reality for patients fighting cancer, especially children," said Reichert. "I was pleased to work with my colleagues to secure $1.4 million for SCCA in the Health and Human Services appropriations bill, and I'm especially proud that my advocacy brought home an additional $738,000 for this important new therapy in a separate spending measure. This success is a great example of how members can work together in the best interest of their constituents."

The SCCA's Proton Beam Center is projected to open in early 2012. The center will serve patients from the six-state Pacific Northwest region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and Wyoming.

Proton therapy uses an external beam of precisely-targeted, high-energy protons. The primary difference between proton beam
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