Cancer Center director to retire, travel around state

Cancer Center director to retire, travel around state »Play Video

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- After 12 years as the Community Cancer Center's Executive Director, Mel Cheney will retire at the end of this year.

Cheney had specific goals when he took this position over a decade ago, many of which he was able to help execute. "We've been able to accomplish that goal of bringing together all of these cancer services for the benefit of the patient," Cheney said.

In his time as executive director, he is most proud of the state of the art cancer center that was completed in June of 2009. "It's something to watch a bare piece of ground take shape, and then to have the experience of the patients and the gratitude of people tell you how important it is," Cheney said. "This has just been fantastic, a dream come true."

As for his plans following retirement, Cheney says he plans on seeing a little bit more of what the state has to offer. "I want to travel around Oregon and discover a lot of the beauty that's here," he said.

It's safe to say that Cheney will leave the cancer center in much better shape than he found it.