It takes a village to support a thriving community. That collaborative vision took flight on April 16 when Valley Girls & Guys! board members presented a generous check for $500,000 to Valley’s Board of Trustees toward outfitting Valley’s new Cancer Center, now under construction. Valley’s Board of Trustees President Donna Russell says of the lives-changing gift, “On behalf of our board to your board, we are profoundly grateful for this—this is huge. We are setting a very high bar and we want our community to have the very best care.”
Here’s what the Valley Girls & Guys! donation will fund:
SaviScout breast localization and surgical guidance system. Up to a month in advance of surgery day, a small internal marker is precisely implanted and will stay in place until surgery. Replaces an uncomfortable wire placement process the day of surgery to mark the surgical site.
High Dose Radiotherapy Expansion. Currently available for breast and gynecological cancers, with this funding we will be able to expand the program to include melanoma, skin and prostate cancers.
HDR Computed Tomography scanner. Valley’s high dose radiation (brachytherapy) treatment room will be enhanced with a CT scanner, allowing patients to stay in the same room for imaging and radioactive seed placement to deliver a high concentrated dose to a specific site.
Clinical remote conferencing system. Will enhance the multidisciplinary cancer care provider team meeting by allowing a patient’s primary care provider or experts outside Valley to remotely meet with the patient’s team of cancer care providers in real time.
Valley Girls & Guys! Bridge of Hope. As patients and families walk through the Cancer Center skybridge, they will be greeted with inspirational words and art to inspire and promote hope.
Patient Assistance Fund. Special thanks to Trapper’s Sushi restaurants, a member of Valley Girls & Guys!, for providing an additional gift to kick off the Patient Assistance Fund to help cancer patients struggling to pay for basic necessities such as food, transportation, heat and gas.
Counseling/support group services for the WHOhouse, bringing vital resources to patients and families on our southernmost King County communities.
About Valley Girls & Guys!. Valley Girls & Guys! are active year-round raising money to not only fight cancer locally, but to help patients and their families during treatment. They are the nation’s largest Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure team, raising more than $3.3 million.
Watch a video of the check presentation on Valley’s Facebook page.