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Celebrating a Milestone: Our 3000th Patient

Celebrating a Milestone: Our 3000th Patient

A little more than seven years after treating our first patient, we will celebrate our 3000th graduate this June. His name is Ryder, and he’s a chatty, 10-year old boy who loves baseball and is being treated for medulloblastoma. He’s been brightening the day for everyone here since he arrived.

Ryder poses in the Center lobby.

His family is grateful for the attention Ryder has received. "From the very first appointment, Dr. Ermoian and the entire staff at the Center was a breath of fresh air,” his dad, Monty, explains. “You could tell they were very concerned about his well-being and treatment plan as they took the time to answer questions and help us understand the diagnosis and benefits of the proton therapy. Ryder loves baseball, and the nurses and staff made him feel important when they talked baseball with him. They even took the time to play catch with in the grassy area outside the Center."

Ryder became especially close with his radiation therapist Meredith, his nurse Jordan, and our concierge Colton.

Monty, Katie, Dr. Ermoian, Ryder and our resident, Dr. Havard.

Ryder's mom, Katie, says: "We really want to thank Dr. Ermoian and especially the staff for welcoming us and treating Ryder so well. We appreciate everyone for their kindness, and especially for the life-saving technology."

"I think that being the 3000th patient is pretty cool, and feel lucky and glad the Center could help so many people in such a short amount of time," says Ryder. "I built a treatment countdown chain, and I remove a link after every treatment." When he's finished with proton therapy on June 18th, he looks forward to returning home, playing baseball, and spending the summer swimming and camping with his family and friends.

After treatment, Ryder removes a link from his chain.

We look forward to celebrating many more milestones in the years to come and hope that, as patients and graduates, you will continue to celebrate with us. 

About SCCA Proton Therapy Center:

In the mid-2000s, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance determined the need for a proton therapy center in the Pacific Northwest. Our past Medical Director and the past Chair of the University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. George Laramore, was instrumental in making the project happen. Due to Dr. Laramore’s and his colleagues’ dedication, we now treat patients with many types of cancer with the precision of proton therapy.

Since treating our first patient in 2013, we’ve reached many milestones, including:

  • 1st Adult Patient (astrocytoma of the brain) Mar 5th, 2013
  • 1st Pediatric Patient (rhabdomyosarcoma of the face) Jul 10th, 2013
  • 1st Pencil-Beam-Scanning Patient (intermediate-risk prostate) Oct 18th, 2013
  • 1st Pencil-Beam-Scanning Patient treated on Gantry (low-grade glioma) Feb 3rd, 2015
  • 1st Active Breathing Device Patient (liver) Feb 4th, 2015
  • 1st Ocular Patient treated in Inclined Beam Room Dec 14th, 2015
  • 1000th patient (childhood medulloblastoma) Jun 23rd, 2016
  • 2000th patient (lung cancer) Jul 19, 2018
  • 3000th patient (childhood medulloblastoma) Jun 18, 2020