Local businessman lends ‘Hand in Community’ _lowres

Photo provided by Julie McLin -- Allstate agent Jack Burk, left, with Theresa Payment, director of the LaneRMC Foundation, has pledged $3,000 to the Radiation Oncology Center at Lane Regional Medical Center through an Allstate Foundation grant program.

When Allstate agent Jack Burk learned about Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation’s campaign to raise $1 million to bring leading-edge radiation cancer treatment services to the region, he knew right away he wanted to contribute.

“Community involvement is an extension of what we as agents do every day — protecting people and preparing them for the future, so it’s my pleasure to commit $1,000 a year for three years to Lane’s mission.”

Burk said he pledged $3,000 to the campaign so that cancer sufferers no longer have to travel elsewhere to receive treatment.

The Allstate Foundation provides “Hands in the Community” grants to support making hometowns better and safer places to live, Burk said.

“It’s wonderful to have volunteers like Jack be part of our program,” said Theresa Payment, director of the LaneRMC Foundation. “They are the heart of our fundraising efforts and are vital to the success of our organization.”

To date, the LaneRMC Foundation has raised $600,000 in donations and pledges.

“We still have a ways to go, but we’re getting there,” Payment said.

The $4.5 million Radiation Oncology Center opened on Lane’s campus in Zachary in March 2014 and is led by Dr. William Russell and Dr. Andrew Lauve.

For information, visit LaneRMCFoundation.org or call (225) 658-6699.