Owner of Waspy's Donated to New Regional Cancer Center -

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The Handlos family, owners of Waspy’s Truck Stops in Audubon and Templeton, recently donated $100,000 toward a new cancer treatment center in Carroll, Iowa.

Waspy's owners and family donating to the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center
The Handlos family, who own Waspy’s Truck Stops, pledged $100,000 to the new St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center. Pictured are, from left: Ed Smith (St. Anthony President and CEO), Brian Handlos, Lawrence ‘Waspy’ Handlos, Doris Handlos, Beth Handlos Wahlert, Pat Handlos and Trish Roberts (St. Anthony Development Director). Not pictured is Tim Wahlert. 

The donation was made to St. Anthony Regional Hospital for its planned $16.5 million regional cancer center. 

In fact, construction started in April 2019, and the new St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center is slated to open in the fall of 2020. 

The cancer center will include three dedicated physicians, two radiation therapists, a dosimetrist, oncology-certified nurses and a case manager/nurse navigator.

State-of-the-Art Treatment Close to Home

In addition, the new facility also will feature cancer support and group meetings, a tumor board, close parking, and a covered drop-off area.

The goal is to provide improved patient experience with private treatment rooms and the latest in medical equipment to reduce treatment time, improve patient comfort and lessen side effects.

Each year, more than 1,100 new cancer cases are diagnosed in west-central Iowa. Often, those patients have to travel away from family and friends for treatment. The new St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center will provide patients “hometown healthcare with big-city expertise.” 

Cancer Has Affected the Handlos Family

Waspy’s founder, Lawrence “Waspy” Handlos, said the family donated to the new cancer center because his wife, Doris, is a cancer survivor.

“Like many others, we’ve had friends and family survive cancer, and we’ve also had several friends and family who lost their battle with cancer,” said Handlos. 

“Donating to a highly-respected cancer center like the one being built at St. Anthony will benefit so many cancer patients and their families in central and southwest Iowa because of its location in Carroll, versus having to travel hundreds of miles to Omaha, Des Moines or even further for treatment.”

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has served Carroll and the west-central Iowa area since 1905. Today, the hospital is a 99-bed facility with a connected 79-bed nursing home. 

The hospital is a member of the American Hospital Association and the Iowa Hospitals Association. It has been designated as one fo 16 regional hospitals in Iowa by the Iowa State Department of Health.

This post was written by Waspy's Truck Stop