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Fore The Care Fundraiser: Be The Change You Want to See

By Mignon Fogarty

Celebrities, donors, community members, cancer patients and survivors are uniting on July 9 and 10 to play golf, enjoy a multicultural dinner and bid on exceptional vacation, shopping, sports and product packages to benefit the Stanford Cancer Center Concierge Services (CCS) in the annual Fore The Care fundraising event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance (see www.forethecare.org), and are still available for the dinner and auction.

Funded entirely by donations, Cancer Concierge Services’ philosophy and program works to ensure that the service can accommodate almost any patient or family need. The program includes:

Two Days of Exceptional Fundraising Fun

Holly Gautier, R.N.
Holly Gautier, R.N., the director of the Stanford Cancer Center Concierge Services.

Each of the 36 foursomes playing at the exclusive Stanford University Golf Course will rub elbows with celebrities.

For example, the Cancer Concierge Services has partnered with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to enlist All-Stars Greg Cadaret, Blue Moon Odom, Doug DeCinces, Bill North, Ron Robinson, Dave Stewart, Mike McCormick, Pedro Guerrero, Bobby Grich, and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. 

Several well known All-Stars from the San Francisco 49ers and a few other surprises will also be playing in the golf tournament and attending the dinner and auction.  In addition, the popular host of the radio show Hooked On Golf, Mitch Juricich, will preside as the Master of Ceremonies.

The golf tournament is peppered with prizes, including multiple holes where golfers can win cars, and hole sponsors such as the Four Seasons who will provide complimentary chair massages.

The Village of Champions dinner celebrates the champion in each of us, acknowledging the contributions of the many participants in cancer care -- from patient, family and friend, to physician and support staff -- and features a multicultural menu that includes flavors of Thailand, the Mediterranean, and Napa Valley.

Acting as auctioneer, Juricich will entice diners with packages themed in golf, sports, art, and travel. Additionally, whether attendees win one of the generous door prizes or compete in the bead raffles, items such as gift certificates, spa packages, golf getaways, and sports memorabilia ensure that there will be something to appeal to everyone.

A Vision and Testament to the Power of Personal Care

Cancer Concierge Services became a reality because of the generosity of two community members, Shirley and Mike Orsak, and Stanford Hospital’s vision to execute and grow a very important seed.  The Orsaks continue to serve on the volunteer committee in helping to make this tournament a reality.

“They saw the need for having the service available to all patients, so that everyone who comes through the door feels safe, welcomed, and at ease,” says Barbara Ralston, Director of Guest Services which oversees Cancer Concierge Services.

Colon cancer survivor and this year's golf tournament Honorary Chair, Gary Grandmaison, knew that he would get exceptional medical care at Stanford, but admits he had no idea how much support he and his family would need through the days and months that followed his diagnosis.

“Fortunately, Stanford's Cancer Concierge Services included education, patient advocates, navigators, support groups, fulfilling wishes, assistance with temporary housing and scheduling appointments, insurance issues, and a host of other critical services which proved to be every bit as important to my recovery as the medical treatment,” he says.

“The entire Center is designed to focus on the patient, and this service is part of that focus. We aim to offer continuity of care to patients and personalized attention throughout their experience at Stanford,” says Holly Gautier, R.N., the Director of  Cancer Concierge Services. “We have about 67,000 patient visits each month, and our services are available to all patients and their families.”

Be the Change You Want to See

 “The superb level of personal care delivered by Cancer Concierge Services is changing the worldwide landscape and standard of care for people afflicted with cancer,” says Barbara Ralston. One theme for this year's event is Be the Change You Want to See. “Every dollar and every donation really does help,” she adds. An example of what your contributions would fund include:

Your participation in this fun annual event can fund a dream, and in a very practical way improve the lives of cancer patients and their families.

If you wish to make a donation, please contact Anne Chamberlain at: or call 650-736-8547.

Posted: 06/27/06

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