Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Carbondale Couple Sees Hope in New SIH Cancer Center
CARTERVILLE -- After several years of planning, Southern Illinois Healthcare's goal of building a comprehensive cancer center is becoming a reality. SIH officials broke ground Friday on the $24.5 million facility that will be located in Carterville, just off of Route 13.
Right now, it may look just like an empty lot of dirt, but there are hundreds in our area who see hope, like Paul and Dana Tabor. The couple is always looking on the brighter side of things. It's all they can do after Paul's been diagnosed with recurring cancer six times in the last 17 years.
"Between 1996 and 2002, I only had one year in that I did not have a cancer growing," explains Paul.
They have a name for him at St. Louis University Hospital: Miracle Man.
"People we didn't know, as we walked down the hall, they must have had a picture of me somewhere, and they would say, 'Hey, I heard you got a good test this week,'" says Paul.
After 11 cancer-free years, the disease has returned. It's already bad enough news, but the thought of the constant back and forth trips to St. Louis can be deflating.
"It is hard on the mind and the body, especially if you don't have hope," says Paul.
But this time, the Tabors are quick to say they have a renewed sense of hope, thanks to SIH's new comprehensive cancer center initiative, saving patients that dreaded trip.
"The idea that we can go and get your X-rays, your treatment, see your doctor, and be home for lunch is just really exciting," explains Dana.
The cancer center won't open until early 2015, but Paul and Dana say being there for the fundraising and initial phases of the project have been important to them.
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