Every once in a while a moment comes along that makes you stop and wonder how it ever came to pass.
This is especially true in our modern era of rudeness and "my way or the highway" attitudes.
Even so, next week we will all have the opportunity to celebrate just such a moment with the long-awaited dedication of the Community Cancer Center.
For many years, residents of Saline County and the surrounding area have traveled to Kansas City, Columbia, Sedalia, and St. Louis for cancer treatments. Now, thanks to the efforts of many concerned citizens, organizations, health care professionals, and others, the majority of needed cancer treatments will be available right here in Marshall.
When I say the efforts of many, I am speaking specifically of the 2,200 plus donors who gave -- some sacrificially -- to the two and one-half year $4 million Community Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Yes, there were some major gifts along the way without which the money may not have been raised. But all in all, it was the collective effort of everyone involved that got the job done.
So what does the Community Cancer Center mean to our community?
For cancer patients, it may mean that help is just a few minutes away when times get tough; it means the scariest moments can be shared with caring, compassionate medical professionals who know you by name. It means the seemingly endless hours spent driving to and from treatments -- for themselves or friends and loved one -- may well be a thing of the past.
The Community Cancer Center has been a dream of many for several years. It is a reality today because our communities took that dream and made it a shared mission. School children, corporations, civic organizations, families, quilting clubs, singing groups, churches, small businesses, and many, many individuals came together for a common cause. You should all be commended for a job well done.
May God bless all who participated in this wonderful accomplishment.