Date Posted: February 24, 2014
Thanks to local Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake franchises, St. Joseph Hospital is one step closer to bringing life-saving cancer technology to Humboldt County.
Last fall, Humboldt County Papa Murphy’s franchise owners Larry and Kathy Hodge partnered with the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Campaign to raise funds supporting the purchase of a state-of-the-art linear accelerator. As part of the “Pizza with a Purpose” campaign, the Hodges donated a portion of the sales for every special “St. Joe’s Pizza of the Month” sold during the fall. The drive ultimately raised $15,180, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Hodges for a total of $30,360 for St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign.
Although the hospital’s current linear accelerators have served the community well, a new linear accelerator would enable clinicians to treat a broader spectrum of cancers—some never before treated in Humboldt County.
As a stage 4 throat cancer survivor who was treated at St. Joseph Hospital, Larry Hodge knows first-hand how important it is to have high quality cancer treatment services close to home.
”I was able to beat this cancer because of the incredible doctors at St. Joseph Hospital and the talented people they work with at the cancer program,” Larry Hodge said. “But it was also essential to have the emotional support of the people I care most about. I needed both to get through.”
The Hodges believe in the importance of giving back to the community they love and that they have been a part of for 25 years. That’s why after the campaign ended, they felt it was a natural fit to match the campaign total dollar-for-dollar.
”A small county like Humboldt is fortunate to have great doctors and a hospital like St. Joe’s for cancer treatment,” they said. “We are hopeful the community continues to support the Cancer Care Campaign to make the dream of a new linear accelerator a reality.”
St. Joseph Hospital Foundation executive director Paul McGinty said the Hodges’ dollar-for-dollar campaign match was unexpected.
”Larry and Kathy had already very generously committed to donating portions of pizza sales to the hospital,” he said. “Still, given Larry’s positive experience with the cancer program and knowing how community-minded he and Kathy are, it is no surprise that they wanted to do more for their community hospital.”
To learn more about St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign, call the foundation at 269-4200.