Have you seen this exciting new building under construction on Donner Pass Road in Truckee?  It is the expanded, state-of-the-art Cancer Center due to open the summer of 2012.  As a member of the Cancer Advisory Council since its inception, along with other community business leaders, I share a common vision to help shape the future of cancer care in our community.  I am excited to be a member of this dynamic group of volunteers and especially excited to tell you about the Community for Cancer Care Endowment.  Funds raised through this Endowment will support unique patient and family services and create sustainable programs providing exceptional care, while allowing patients to remain close to home and in our community throughout their treatment.

Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, led by Medical Director Laurence Heifetz, MD, FACP and Medical Oncologist Hematologist, Ahrin Koppel, MD., is creating a national model for rural cancer care in our community.  In addition, 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 health care.

Through the UC Davis Cancer Care Network program, the collaboration allows patients access to cutting edge cancer research with the latest clinical trials and diagnostic techniques. Another important feature of the network is the Virtual Tumor Board where all network sites are linked through state-of-the-art telemedicine technology, giving oncologists and medical staff, convenient opportunities to meet via
real-time video conferencing to share medical information, and reach consensus on patient treatment plans. These sessions are also utilized to evaluate appropriate clinical trial opportunities and other specialty care.


The keystone of the endowment is the Circle of Life. The Circle of Life is a beautiful work of art, comprised of inlaid stonework, which will greet our patients in the entryway of the new Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This eight-foot Circle of Life represents our community of generosity with 520 naming opportunities. The goal of this unique artwork is to embrace our patients with the knowledge that they are supported by our community with hope and positive energy as they seek treatment and wellness.

I invite you add your name (or the name of a loved one) in the Circle of Life.  The deadline to secure your space is October 28, 2011

We are also scheduling Hard Hat Tours for small groups.  If you are interested in touring this amazing building while it’s under construction and learn more about naming opportunities, please call the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation at (530) 582-6329 to schedule a tour and be sure to mention my name.
I encourage you to visit the official website for the Community for Cancer Care
Endowment at www.endowment4cancercare.com 

to learn more.  I hope you will join me in supporting our efforts.

Trinkie Watson, Founding Member

Cancer Advisory Council

530 582 0722

[email protected]


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