HAMPTON, VA. (June 22, 2021) – Glenn Youngkin, Virginia Republican candidate for Governor, toured the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI), the world's largest free-standing proton therapy cancer treatment facility, to support the university’s efforts in providing state-of-the-art cancer research and delivering advanced cancer treatment to the Commonwealth and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on June 16th. Mr. Youngkin also visited Hampton University's historic campus and met with President, Dr. William R. Harvey, in light of the Juneteenth Day Anniversary.
Upon his arrival, Youngkin met with HUPTI leadership including; Dr. Christopher Sinesi, Medical Director and Oncologist, Dr. Allan Thornton, Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Ziette Hayes, Executive Director, and HUPTI advocate and former Virginia State Delegate, David Yancey to learn about the life saving and quality of life-enhancing treatment that is provided daily. Following his visit to HUPTI, Youngkin visited the historic campus of Hampton University where he and Dr. Harvey spoke on several topics including strengthening governmental support for HUPTI, strong leadership, and education reform.
“It was great meeting with Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and hearing about the incredible progress the Proton Therapy Institute is making in cancer research and care,” said Youngkin. “I also enjoyed my visit to the site of the first southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, a visit all the more poignant as we approach the celebration of Juneteenth. We must remember the terrible periods of our history while striving to do better.”
Since 2010, HUPTI has treated various cancers with millimeter accuracy, leading to reduced side effects and spared healthy tissue for patients. The facility, located in Hampton, Virginia, is the brainchild of Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and is one of only 34 in the country - the institute’s goal is to ease human misery and save lives while redressing chronic health disparities for vulnerable populations regarding cancer incidence and death. Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute has treated more than 3,000 patients for cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, head, and neck, ocular, GI, brain, and spine, and pediatric.
Other statewide candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General have also been contacted for visits to the facility and campus.
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