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Queen of the Valley Foundation raises $125,000 for Cancer Wellness Program at 20th Annual Reach for the Stars Luncheon and Fashion Show


Queen of the Valley Foundation's 20th annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show on March 30 raised $125,000 to support the Cancer Wellness Program at Queen of the Valley. 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 was a fashion show, with cancer survivors age four to 85 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. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Reach for the Stars honored 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. Proceeds from the event currently 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.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women's Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley can be found at

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