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Cayuga Cancer Center Receives $1 Million Dollar Donation


Cayuga Health has announced a recent donation made by a Vero Beach, Florida man of a multi-year commitment of $1 million dollars to the Cayuga Medical Center, which will go towards supporting the Cayuga Cancer Center.

Thomas Seaman, who made one of the largest donations ever to Cayuga Health, did it to honor the loving memory of his wife, Jean Seaman. The money will go towards supporting the facility and equipment needs of the Cancer Center.

“Enhancing the capabilities of Cayuga Health, particularly its cancer care, to better serve the community is a worthwhile goal, and one that the Seaman family is pleased to contribute towards,” stated Mr. Seaman. “This is a way to honor Jean’s memory in a manner that supports the health system’s efforts to care for a community and region that is so important us.”

Thomas Seaman and his family originally lived in Tompkins County and continue to call Trumansburg their home. Together the Seamans raised four children: Pat, Jay, Kate and Tom. With this much history, the family developed a tight bond with this community.

“The support Mr. Seaman and the entire Seaman family are providing will have a meaningful and long-term positive impact for our patients and the cancer care we can provide,” shared Dr. Timothy Bael, Medical Director for Oncology Services at Cayuga Health. “This investment will help to ensure that we continue to have the equipment and facilities to support the needs of our patients.”

The equipment to be purchased will go towards improving a patient’s experience during diagnosis or treatment. Potential opportunities lie in vascular access, imaging, and surgical treatment.

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