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Greg Clemons, with Toray Carbon Fibers America, jokes with Dr. Ken Chandler, Trudy Grisham (both of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation) and Decatur Mayor Don Kyle. Toray celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a $20,000 donation to the hospital foundation.
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Greg Clemons, with Toray Carbon Fibers America, jokes with Dr. Ken Chandler, Trudy Grisham (both of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation) and Decatur Mayor Don Kyle. Toray celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a $20,000 donation to the hospital foundation.

Toray celebrates 10 years with hospital donation

By Catherine Godbey
cgodbey@decaturdaily.com· 340-2441

On Friday, Toray Carbon Fibers America Inc. brought the Decatur General Foundation closer to its goal of $3 million for new oncology equipment.

At the 10th anniversary celebration of the Toray plant in Decatur, the company presented a check for $20,000 to the Decatur General Foundation. Foundation President Trudy Grisham and Dr. Ken Chandler, a foundation trustee, accepted the check from Masayoshi Kamiura, senior managing director of Toray Industries, and Kishio Miwa, president and chief executive officer of Toray Carbon Fibers America.

Terry Patterson, Toray plant manager, said that each time the company has an event, it makes a special donation to a local group to show its support of the community. Greg Clemons, director of administration at Toray, said Toray chose to make the donation to the foundation because the community benefits so greatly from its work.

“We gave money to the foundation to help buy equipment so that patients can get the treatment they need here instead of having to travel to Nashville or Birmingham,” Clemons said.

One and a half years ago, after the oncology department was renovated, the foundation decided to raise money to replace all of the department’s equipment, Grisham said. One piece of equipment that the Toray donation will help buy is an intensity modality radiation therapy machine.

Dr. Chandler said the IMRT allows for a more precise pinpoint treatment of tumors without damaging the surrounding area.

Grisham said Toray’s donation helps the foundation accomplish its sole purpose of supporting and taking care of the community.

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