Community For Cancer Care Endowment Raises Funds To Support Excellence In Patient Care, Programs And Services

(Tahoe/Truckee, Calif.) – Tahoe Forest Health System created the Community for Cancer Care Endowment to fund high quality and varied services and programs offered through the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (TFCC) for local cancer patients. All programs and services are funded through philanthropy. Some of them include: free caregiver education; WeCARE!™  a Community-Based Cancer Peer Navigator program providing special support on a one-to-one basis; Exercise for Energy; home health care; free health presentations from TFHS physicians and psychosocial programs, which aim to provide behavioral health and psychological services for those with chronic illness.

The following three components of the Community for Cancer Care Endowment are among the most significant of the Cancer Center expansion and must be funded by outside sources: Patient and Family Cancer Care Programs addressing the social, psychological, emotional and functional aspects of a patient and caregivers experience; a Sustainability Fund to attract and retain cancer care clinicians and oncology equipment to sustain Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, and a General Campaign for Cancer Care to support cancer services within Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

Tahoe Forest Health System developed the Community for Cancer Care Endowment website as a resource to learn more about local cancer center needs, the endowment’s goals and mission, along with offering information about various ways to donate. The site is located at www.endowment4cancercare.com. 

There is an urgent need to fund the Community for Cancer Care Endowment because it supports services and programs that are beyond the stethoscope. This funding goes toward supportive care services like support groups and movement and exercise education and programs,” said Martha Simon, chief development officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “Offering varied services to cancer patients and their families is something that Tahoe Forest Health System is committed to, and our Foundation Development office is leading efforts to raise these vital funds.”

At www.endowment4cancercare.com, there are many ways to support the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center through the Community for Cancer Care Endowment. Supporters may choose to make a single gift or contribute over a period of time. Gifts will fund local cancer programs, including those subsidized by Tahoe Forest Health System. Options include: Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Naming Opportunities; Circle of Life Naming Opportunities; Gifts of Cash; Appreciated Securities (including closely held stock and mutual funds); Retirement Plans; Mutual Funds; Life Income Plans (including charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and charitable gift annuities); Life Insurance Policies; Bequests; Real Estate; Personal Property; Corporate Matching Gifts; Deferred Gifts and IRA Self-directed Funds.

More than 2,100 cancer patients live in the TFCC geographic service area, and this number is expected to increase dramatically by more than 50 percent over the next ten years. This increase will result in at least 300 newly diagnosed cancer cases each year in our area alone. The expanded Tahoe Forest Cancer Center will be able to accommodate most of the increase in patients, but funding through community support is greatly needed for cancer-specific programs and a broader scope of comprehensive cancer care services to local patients.

“We truly can’t thank our community enough for its support and generous contributions over the years. It’s always overwhelming to see how people pull together,” said Pam Hobday, chairperson for the Cancer Advisory Council (CAC). “And, our annual Best of Tahoe Chefs 2011 was another sell-out event! All proceeds from this event support cancer center programs, and we were thrilled that so many people attended.”

The Cancer Advisory Council (CAC) is a group of volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the enhancement of healthcare in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe community. The CAC developed a comprehensive ambassador program to engage hundreds of community members to learn about Tahoe Forest Cancer Center and its programs and services. Pam Hobday has been the chair of the community based Cancer Advisory Council for five years.

In 2006, a general obligation bond for Tahoe Forest Hospital District was passed by a 72 percent super majority vote. This outcome demonstrated strong community support for improved local healthcare facilities to meet future and current needs, but some important cancer programs and services are beyond the scope of the GO bond.

For more information about the Community for Cancer Care Endowment, please visit www.endowment4cancercare.com, or contact Martha Simon at 530.582.6329.

Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is a proud affiliate of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, an organization that unites five hospital-based cancer care centers dedicated to providing high quality care in community settings. This partnership is a direct outcome of UC Davis’ leadership in cancer care nationally.

For more information about Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, visit www.tahoecancercenter.com.  

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About Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is a patient focused program offered by Tahoe Forest Health System providing the highest quality of care and cancer treatments and therapies, which are administered in a supportive and compassionate manner. The TFCC’s highly skilled staff assists families during difficult times through individual counseling, support groups and other special services. The Cancer Center is led by Medical Director Laurence Heifetz, MD, FACP and Medical Oncologist Hematologist Ahrin Koppel, MD.

Tahoe Forest Hospital District, 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, (530) 587-6011, information@tfhd.com

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