donna herndon as enduring hope campaign chair

The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County has launched a new name (previously Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare) and a new campaign called “Enduring Hope,” this campaign will raise funds for a new regional cancer center on the campus of Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, whether it has been a friend, a parent, a spouse, a child, or even you. Taking the lead on helping raise funds and create awareness is campaign chair, Donna Herndon of Murray.

Donna Herndon, a name many know and a beacon of the Murray community. She graduated from MSU in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received her master’s degree from WKU. Since graduating from MSU in 1964, she has continued to make it a top priority to give back and make a difference in the lives of members of the community. Herndon’s philanthropic and influential efforts in the community have helped to create a number of service organizations, such as Angels Community Clinic, Angels Attic, CASA by the Lakes, Calloway County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, CUBS (Calloway County United Benevolent Services), Make a Difference Days, Quick Reference Directories, Murray Calloway County Homeless Coalition founding board vice-chair, and the Santa Project. She was named Citizen of the Year in 2000 by the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and recognized at MSU in 2017 with the Golden Horseshoe Award which honors those who have given themselves to promote the interests of their alma mater. And now, she takes on a new role to help build a new cancer center in Murray, Kentucky.

“Accepting the chairmanship for Enduring Hope was a prayerful decision. Without the outstanding care provided by Murray-Calloway County Hospital, my Woody could not have survived 19 years as he battled three cancers. It is a blessing and a challenge to pay it forward,” said Donna Herndon.

Why are we building a new cancer center?
Kentucky has a cancer problem, and we’re focused on finding a solution.

In Kentucky, cancer is a disproportionate problem. Kentucky is one of five states with the highest incidence rate for cancer, with the Commonwealth having the highest death rate of all.
It’s time to take cancer care one step further by creating a comprehensive cancer center that will detect cancer sooner and increase survival rates of cancer patients in Western Kentucky.

Introducing our region’s world-class Cancer Center.

You’ve come to expect quality, patient-centered care from Murray-Calloway County Hospital, and now, with our Cancer Center, there will be an even greater increase in prevention, genetic screening, precision medicine and tailored treatment plans. Together, we will be able to reduce our area’s cancer rates.

Centered on truly personalized care, the Cancer Center will provide individual treatment plans throughout the continuum of care. Treatment is designed around each person, not just their tumor.

Be a part of providing new hope.

We need your help.

Together, we can make Western Kentucky better and change the statistics that tell a story of pervasiveness of cancer in our region. We can do this with a one-of-a-kind Cancer Center that increases preventative services and takes targeted treatments to the next level for those diagnosed.

We can give our neighbors, our colleagues, our family and ourselves new hope - with cancer care that goes a step beyond the already high quality. The result will change cancer statistics and affect family in our region years to come.

Once construction begins on the new Regional Cancer Center, the project is expected to take 18 months and will consist of 17,388 square feet. The new facility will be conveniently located on the 1st Floor of the North Tower of the hospital. The main entrance will be located on 8th Street across from the current Ambulance building.

“We want people in our region to have access to quality cancer care close to home, so they don’t have to travel elsewhere,” said Jerry Penner, CEO,” and being closer to home allows their friends and family to visit and help provide additional support during such a stressful time.”

The MCCH Regional Cancer Center was awarded a three-year approval with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons again this year and has continually received the accreditation since 2005. This commendation represents the dedication and professionalism of the staff that provide patient care.

If you would like to find out more about the Enduring Hope campaign and have a passion for helping cancer patients in our region. Call to find out how you can contribute and be a part of the Enduring Hope Campaign call Traci Lawrence, at 270.762.1291 or Keith Travis at 270.762.1908 or visit