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Queen of the Valley Foundation celebrates 21 years of supporting cancer survivors at annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show May 3


(April 15, 2014 -- Napa, CA) Queen of the Valley Foundation presents its 21st annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Silverado Resort and Spa. A celebration of life, the annual event brings together individuals living with cancer, friends and family, physicians, care providers and community members.

The centerpiece of the luncheon each year is a fashion show, with cancer survivors modeling clothing from local stores including B. Real, Boho Lifestyle, Cake Plate, Helen Lyall, Miyamo, Scott Lyall, Silverado Resort & Spa, Target and Williamson & Co. Paige Smith, co-owner of Cake Plate and a cancer survivor, serves as production coordinator, and Kathy Templeton and Lynne Hobaugh are event co-chairs for this year's event. Queen of the Valley Foundation is also offering "Stars" for purchase in honor or remembrance of those who have been touched by cancer.

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 subsidize the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program so patients can participate 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.

This year, The V Foundation for Cancer Research will be honored for its generous gifts totaling more than $1 million in support of cancer programs and services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The V Foundation's first major gift to the Queen enabled the hospital to launch the Cancer Wellness Program—which has become a model for emerging survivorship programs across the country.

More than 520 patients have benefitted from the Cancer Wellness Program since it was launched in 2007. 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.

"As we are beginning to find more cures for cancer, we are left with an important new goal: to reinforce those positive outcomes by finding ways to support those who are turning in their patient badge and becoming survivors," said Julie Allegro, founder and chair of The V Wine Celebration, the annual fundraiser for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. "There are so many pieces that need to be healed beyond just removing the cancer from somebody's body. Access to programs like those provided by the Cancer Wellness Program is critical."

"The funds we raise annually at this event are used to support the hospital's efforts to help cancer patients survive and prosper through their participation in the Cancer Wellness Program," added Elaine John, vice president for philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and chief executive officer for the foundation. "And with the generous support of our community, and our event underwriters and sponsors like The V Foundation, we can continue to make this program available at no charge to all cancer patients throughout our region."

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

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 Medical Center can be found at

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