Community inspired for better care
When John T. McMillan Jr. was diagnosed with acute leukemia, his life and those of his family and friends were changed forever. After losing him, his family and friends recognized that had he survived, he would have given back a thousandfold so that others may not have to suffer as he did.
Although a tragedy, John's passing spurred the creation of the John T. McMillan Jr. Memorial Foundation. For 15 years, the Foundation has been raising funds locally to provide better care and treatment for cancer patients.
Recently the John T. McMillan Jr. Memorial Foundation received a gift of $15,000 from the Woodstock Rib Fest Committee. The foundation matched this incredible donation and purchased a DNA-RNA extractor for the Saint John Regional Hospital's laboratory medicine program.
A vital tool in advancing our DNA sequencing program, the DNA-RNA extractor will allow our geneticists to develop more targeted treatments for our cancer patients.
Even more impressive is that our laboratory medicine program exists as it does today, largely due to the Foundation. It has invested more than $850,000 to establish and expand lab programs for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer, along with funds to relieve the financial burden on patients and their families.
Thanks to Mr. McMillan's generous spirit, and the community it has inspired, we are building better care, better treatments, and changing lives for the better.