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Queen of the Valley Foundation celebrates 20 years of supporting cancer survivors Annual “Reach for the Stars” luncheon and fashion show March 30


Queen of the Valley Foundation presents its 20th annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Silverado Resort and Spa. Sponsored by Rombauer Vineyards, the annual event is a celebration of life bringing together individuals living with cancer, friends and family, physicians, care providers and community members.

The centerpiece of the luncheon is a fashion show, with cancer survivors modeling clothing from local stores including B. Real, Cake Plate, Chico's, Helen Lyall, Ielle, Kane Menswear, Miyamo, Scott Lyall, Sisters Boutique, Target and Williamson & Co. Additionally, survivors will share their moving stories, allowing individuals living with cancer the chance to celebrate, feel beautiful and share their experiences. Queen of the Valley Foundation is also offering "Stars" for purchase in honor or remembrance of those who have been touched by cancer.

"This event has made a difference in the lives of so many, including my own," said Paige Smith, producer of this year's Reach event, co-owner of Cake Plate and a cancer survivor. "We come together to celebrate life, at a time when we are feeling most vulnerable."

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Reach for the Stars will also honor and recognize the dedicated work of four oncology physicians who have been at Queen of the Valley for 20 years or more: doctors Christian Anderson, Paul Dugan, James Knister and Daniel Mirda.

Reach for the Stars was originally established in 1993 to raise funds for new equipment and technologies that support cancer care at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Proceeds from the event now support scholarships to patients so they can participate in the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program free of charge. The 12-week program is open to all cancer patients in the region, regardless of where they are being treated or if they have insurance. Participation is fully supported by scholarships made possible through community donations and the Queen of the Valley Foundation.

More than 425 patients have benefitted from the Cancer Wellness Program since it was launched in 2007, assisted by a generous grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Combining exercise, nutritional counseling and psycho-social and spiritual support, the program is individualized to each patient and designed to provide guidance and support in the journey to becoming a proactive cancer survivor.

"Access to programs like the Cancer Wellness Program is critical for people living with cancer," said Koerner Rombauer. "My wife Sandy, who worked as a nurse for 37 years, and I are honored to support Queen of the Valley Foundation to help provide that access to cancer patients and assure a network of care that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on their lives."

"We are proud to be able to support the hospital's efforts to provide state-of-the-art, lifesaving cancer care," added Elaine John, vice president for philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and chief development officer for the foundation. "This year, with the commitment and generosity of our community, and a significant contribution from Koerner and Sandy Rombauer, we will be able to expand the number of patients served in the program as well as add new services, including acupuncture and personal training."

Tickets for Reach for the Stars are $100 per guest. To purchase tickets for the event or to reserve a Star, please call Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation at (707) 257-4044 or visit

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