Fasseas gift funds new cancer clinic at UMCC - North Campus

The $5 million donation by Peter and Paula Fasseas toward the opening of a magnificent new Arizona Cancer Center Clinic on North Campbell Avenue is a gift that will benefit thousands of Arizonans touched by cancer.

“This facility provides a welcoming, intimate environment with a tremendous array of dining, spa and salon services designed specifically for patients with cancer-related needs,” said Dave Alberts, director of the Arizona Cancer Center. “It truly is a place of respite.”

Their gift, made through the University of Arizona Foundation, helps support the construction of the Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic, a collaboration of University Medical Center and the Arizona Cancer Center.

The clinic, slated to open next month, is the first piece of a 17-acre, cancer-oriented campus to be built at UMC North, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., site of the former Tucson General Hospital.

Peter and Paula Fasseas are founders of the Metropolitan Bank Group, the largest private bank holding company in Illinois. The couple divides their time between Tucson and Chicago.

“What makes this gift so special for us is the deep roots our family has in Tucson, spanning generations,” the couple said in a statement. “We hope the Fasseas Cancer Clinic will serve to cure and preserve life for countless individuals for many years to come, providing hope, care and cutting-edge science to help people and their families through their most difficult times.”

The two-story Fasseas Cancer Clinic will provide comprehensive oncology services where patients can meet with their physicians and receive outpatient treatments, lab services and ongoing care. They also will have access to resources such as cancer research and clinical trials through the Arizona Cancer Center, as well as support groups, nutritional information, therapeutic massage, salon services and valet parking.

“This gift is a wonderful gesture of kindness and truly meaningful support for families facing incredible personal challenges,” said UA Foundation President James H. Moore, Jr. “Mr. and Mrs. Fasseas have helped make possible a new and exciting direction for the Arizona Cancer Center and we are most grateful for their generosity.”

A plaque within the facility expresses the spirit of the gift and the Fasseases’ philosophy: “May all who enter this building find strength in human compassion, hope in science and treatment, courage in these most difficult times, and serenity in the beauty that surrounds us.”

“It will be unlike any cancer center anywhere,” said UMC President Greg Pivirotto. “Our amazing physicians, our caring nurses, the spectacular facilities, the gardens – they make it a healing place full of hope.”

The Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic is scheduled to open Jan. 8. A formal grand opening and reception to honor Peter and Paula Fasseas is planned for Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007.