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The Kirtland Cancer Foundation provides charitable assistance to cancer patients and their families in the Venango County Area regardless of where treatments are received. Services are not limited to patients of Venango Oncology Associates.


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Founder of Kirtland Cancer Foundation, Dr. Howard H. Kirtland, passes away.


The Board of Directors of the Kirtland Cancer Foundation has announced the sudden passing of Dr. Howard Kirtland III, 73, a Franklin physician and founder of the Kirtland Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Kirtland graduated college from Georgetown University and then graduated from the Cornell University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Virginia.

During his residency, Dr. Kirtland left school to enlist in the United States Army where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge from the Army he returned to the University of Virginia to complete a fellowship in hematology and oncology where he earned his board certification in internal medicine. Dr. Kirtland then joined the staff full time at the University of Virginia.

In 1979, the Kirtlands moved to Franklin where Dr. Kirtland started working in internal medicine and later focused his practiced on ongology and hematology. In the late 1990s, Dr. Kirtland established Venango Hematology and Oncology ar 1339 Liberty Street in Franklin, PA.

The Kirtland Cancer Foundation was established in 2005 by Dr. Kirtland. The Foundation's purpose was to give back to the community by helping people and families affected by cancer. Hundreds of families have been helped thru the Foundation over the years.

Dr. Kirtland was an extremely strong and charitable supporter of many organizations and events in the community.

His passion in life was working and caring for patients. Dr. Kirtland maintained a selfless devotion to his patients and was always available to help any patient and made sure he put patient care first.

A patient who over the years was being treated by Dr. Kirtland for a blood disorder, commented after his death, “I was to have an appointment with Dr. Kirtland this morning and I am still crying. I just loved him so much. He saved my life numerous times. He meant so much to so many people. He was my Guardian Angel.”

Memorial donations may be made to the Kirtland Cancer Foundation, PO Box 108, Franklin, PA 16323

The Kirtland Cancer Foundation will continue to serve the people of the Venango County Area.




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