Vail Daily letter: Shaw Outreach Team gives thanks
The Shaw Outreach Team (SOT) is a 501c3 volunteer organization that was established shortly after Shaw Regional Cancer Center opened in 2001. As ambassadors of the Shaw, we support the care and comfort of cancer patients and their families. Through the efforts of this team and the local community, $4.7 million was raised to construct, furnish and endow Jack’s Place, a Cancer Caring House in Edwards, and another $2.4 million for the PET/CT Scanner. We are very proud of our history and want to update our sponsors, donors, volunteers and event participants on our success in 2013.
2013 was another busy year. In January, we held a reception thanking those who participated in our feasibility study for a capital campaign for Shaw’s new Linear Accelerator, which began operating in August, on-time and under budget. While our board decided that the timing for a large capital campaign was not propitious, we enthusiastically supported this new technology with a $100,000 lead gift in memory of our former board members, Dale Aden and David Brock, both of whom we lost in 2012.
In June, Pad the Bra celebrated its 10th anniversary. This amazing event again brought the Cordillera Community together and contributed $64,000 toward the new cutting-edge 3D mammography at the Sonnenalp Breast Center. We were pleased to honor the founders, Margie Kyte and Sue Talucci, for their efforts and generosity by dedicating an aspen leaf plaque in the honor walk at Shaw.
In September, our signature event, Hike, Wine & Dine, provided vital financial support for Jack’s Place and Shaw, while raising awareness of Shaw¹s growing survivorship programs. With the help of the Beaver Creek Resort Co., seven of Beaver Creek¹s finest restaurants, our generous sponsors and over 400 participants, this ever-more-popular celebration of fall and survivorship raised $70,000 for needed updates at Jack’s Place! Our thanks to Sue Franciose for her leadership in this event, achieving its best results in 2013.
September also saw the fourth annual “Wheels & Wings” show by Vail Automotive Classic. The growing popularity and broadened geographic appeal of this air and auto show contributed to its success, raising $10,000 for Jack¹s Place.
This year marked the sixth anniversary of Jack’s Place. Since opening in 2007, Jack’s Place has provided over 6,400 guest nights. This year alone, we hosted guests from our community, seven other states and 14 other counties within Colorado. You can learn more about Jack’s Place by visiting http://www.shawcancercenter.com/jacksplace.
As always, we thank our community for continued interest and generous support! We remain dedicated to assuring the continued excellence of Jack¹s Place and the Shaw! To learn more about the SOT, visit http://www.shawcancercenter.com/SOT.
Chair, Shaw Outreach Team
Patricia Hardenbergh, MD
Director of radiation oncology, honorary Shaw Outreach Team member
Jack Eck, MD
Shaw Outreach Team board, senior director of development