Darryl Worley Cancer Center Becoming a Reality
After years of ironing out the details, Darryl Worley's vision and dream of one day opening a cancer treatment facility in his hometown is finally coming to fruition. On Wednesday (Mar. 3), the groundbreaking ceremony of the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center is set to take place in Savannah, Tenn.
The plan for the center first began in 2005 when Darryl and representatives of Hardin Medical Center and Hardin County Community and Healthcare Foundation in Hardin County put their heads together to come up with a cost-efficient way for those diagnosed with the disease to get the local treatment needed.
"It's been our dream to build this cancer treatment center here in Hardin County for several years now, and the people at West Tennessee Healthcare have done a lot to help make this dream a reality," says Darryl. "We have a really high cancer rate in our general area and all of our lives have been affected by the dreaded disease so there is a lot of passion in this for everyone."
Darryl and his family has witnessed firsthand the emotional and physical toll of a cancer diagnosis. The singer lost both of his grandfathers and one of his aunts to the disease.
"I know what it costs when they had to go out of town for treatment," he says. "I don't want anyone else having to make those trips, adding to what they are already going through. I'm really excited that this center will help so many. This is going to be an emotional day for us all when we break ground. It's been a long time coming."
The treatment center hopes to open its doors by early 2011. Donations to the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center can be sent to Hardin Medical Center, 935 Wayne Road, Savannah, Tenn. 38372.