Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians donates $100K for cancer center

The Diana J. White Cancer Institute will be located in Sonora, California. Photo from Sonora Regional Medical Center / Facebook

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians donated a total of $100,000 for a cancer center in Sonora, California.

The tribe donated $50,000 and the Black Oak Casino Resort donated another $50,000. The money helps the Sonora Regional Medical Center reach its goal to raise $3 million by the end of the year for the project.

The 65,000 square-foot Diana J. White Cancer Institute is expected to cost $36 million. Adventist Health is providing $29 million and another $4 million will come from the medical center's reserve fund.

With the tribe's donation, the center has raised $1.9 million of the remaining $3 million it needs for the facility, which could open in late 2016 or early 2017, reported. Demolition work at the site began last month. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in July.

Cancer is the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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