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Joseph Levon's most succinct explanation for his gift to Northwest Community Hospital is this: "Cancer once, cancer twice, still alive." He and his wife, Dee, moved to Arlington Heights nearly 50 years ago. They raised their children here, and, in 1971, Joe founded Vonberg Valve in Rolling Meadows. Through the years, they've had many visits to NCH—but the most dramatic experience was Joe's successful treatment for cancer—once in the 1990s and a second time 11 years ago.
Joe remains cancer-free, and he is especially grateful for the care of radiation oncologist Philip Lobo, MD. Joe says, "I am an engineer with a curious mind and lots of questions. Dr. Lobo took the time to explain exactly what he was doing. He even drew pictures for me." Dee adds, "Dr. Lobo is such a pleasant person, and he gives you so much of his time."
When Dr. Lobo told the Levons about a campaign to fund some new equipment in Radiation Oncology, they were eager to help. The wide-bore computerized tomography (CT) scanner with four-dimensional motion tracking will deliver radiation treatment that maximizes effectiveness and minimizes risks for about 1,000 cancer patients each year. With his engineer's perspective, Joe understands exactly how it works. He says, "They're going to keep people alive with this 4-D machine. It's the way to go."
Once the Levons chose to make a gift in support of the new CT scanner in Radiation Oncology, they consulted with David Terrill, the NCH Foundation's director of gift planning. With Dave's help, the Levons discovered that they could make a larger gift with some tax advantages by transferring appreciated stock to the Hospital. Joe says, "Dave is a super guy. Our donation of stocks was complex. But it turned out well because of his work."