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Home for Hope

Proceeds from sale of house to benefit James Cancer Hospital

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As a board member of the James Cancer Hospital Foundation board, Charles Ruma sees the valuable research going on there.

To help fund that research, the Virginia Homes president is building a second Home for Hope in Dublin's Wellington Reserve with proceeds from the sale of the house going to the James Cancer Hospital.

"Whatever we can do to help what's happening in our own backyard is so important," Ruma said of the work going on at the James Cancer Hospital.

Ruma has had experience at the James as a patient. Eight years ago, he received cancer treatment at the hospital and today he remains cancer-free.

"The new James is opening in November and it will be one of the best, if not the best, cancer hospital in the country," Ruma said, noting the building is outfitted with research facilities and classrooms on each floor.

"There is so much research going on. At OSU, 27 percent of their patients are in clinical trials," he said. "The next highest (hospital) after that is 7 percent. ... We have something that is nowhere else in the world and they are changing the face of cancer."

Ruma built his first Home for Hope in 2011, raising $65,000 for the James after the house was sold at auction. He is hoping to double that this year.

"The goal has always been to do this every couple of years," he said. "It's a new subdivision and is a prime opportunity to do another project."

The house in Dublin's new Wellington Reserve off Brand Road will sell under contract this year instead of auction.

"I think we really want to get the homeowner involved in the home sooner in the process," Ruma said, adding the sooner someone buys the house, the more chance they'll have to customize it.

Like most Virginia Homes, the Home for Hope will include an air filtration system and carpet, stains, paint and insulation that carry fewer potentially harmful chemicals.

"We're taking a much harder look at the products with (volatile organic chemicals) than in the past," Ruma said.

The project also involves many contractors who have been touched by cancer and will donate their services to raise more money for the James.

Ruma said the company didn't set out to use contractors affected by cancer, but it happened because the disease hits so many.

"We're using (subcontractors) we've been doing business with for years and they're all receptive and wanting to help with this project," he said.

"Cancer affects one in two men and one in three women. We need to do what we can to cure this disease."

For more information about the Home for Hope, look online at homeforhope.com.

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