HU Holds Press Conference In Richmond

Hampton University held a press conference Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11:00 a.m. in Senate Room number one of the State Capitol Building in Richmond. Chuck Davis, husband of former Congresswoman JoAnn Davis, who recently lost a battle to cancer, shared his testimonial.

“Healthcare is one of the Governor’s priorities,” said Dr. Cynthia Keppel, scientific and technical director, HUPTI. “Governor Kaine has proposed $1 million in his budget for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). This state-of-the-art facility will bring the most advanced cancer-fighting technology to Virginia, giving Virginians, and the surrounding region, the latest in cancer care.

“The promotion of the general welfare of its citizens should be of the highest priorities of Virginia’s elected officials.”

Sponsoring the amendment to provide additional funding to the proton center are, in the Senate, Senators Louise Lucas and Tommy Norment, and in the House, Delegates Mamie BaCote, Phillip Hamilton and Brian Moran.

In August 2007, HU began construction of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, a $225 million effort located in the Hampton Roads Center South business park in Hampton. Approximately 2,000 patients will be treated each year starting in 2010. At 98,000 square feet, HUPTI has been named the largest proton therapy facility in the world.