Valley Girls & Guys! was originally formed in 2007 by Tina McDonough as a 3 Day walking team to raise money and to support the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure, in honor of her friend, Michelle Brown, who passed away from cancer later that year. Michelle was only 38 years old, leaving behind a 12 year old daughter and husband. Since then, the group has expanded beyond just fundraising for the 3-day walk for a cure. In October of 2014 officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Valley Girls & Guys! has now expanded their efforts to all cancers and has recently transitioned to lavender for “all cancers.” They send blankets of “comfort and hope” all over the world, opened The Who House by harnessing the power of community to support cancer patients and their families and by providing Who Dream to those terminal with any type of cancer, provide scholarships to high school seniors, find local researchers, equipment, and more.
A few years ago, we teamed up with Mountain for Mammaries as well to help fund mammograms here locally in our state to those who can’t afford them or have no insurance to do so can receive one.
Valley Girls and Guys are active year round raising money to not only fight cancer, but to help patients and their families during treatment. We are changing and saving lives EVERY DAY!
The Cancer Center at Valley Medical
Valley Girls & Guys! pledged $500,000 to Valley Medical Center/UW Medicine’s new cancer Center over the next 5 years (starting in 2018) to help fund new equipment such as the SaviScout, HDR (High Dose Radiation) Machine, Clinical Remote Conferencing system for the MDC and a brand new HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients with Everything) Patient Assistance Fund. This will Save Lives.
$100,000 in new funds ($50,000 donation, plus $50,000 MacDonald match) would cover research-related costs for the first 10 patients enrolled in this innovative treatment.
Children’s Circle of Care $10,000 Donation! Seattle Children’s Cancer Clinical Trials FundThis fund is the top priority for Dr. Doug Hawkins who leads our Cancer and Blood Disorders unit. This fund helps cover the cost of studies for all types of cancer — so every child can benefit from the best therapies available. These trials impact hundreds of kids annually. In 2016, our oncology team ran 101 cancer research studies, with 899 enrollments (some patients enrolled in more than one study). Thanks to these clinical trials, and the donors who support them, survival rates as Seattle Children’s surpass the national average for nearly every type of cancer. Many of the promising cancer studies highlighted in our publications are supported by this fund. One recent example is a sarcoma study led by Dr. Hawkins and one of our new cancer team members Dr. Katie Albert. This blog post details the experience of one 5-year-old patient in the study whose tumor has disappeared entirely. The fund also supports a lot of other groundbreaking research, including Dr. Sarah Leary’s exciting Tumor Paint trial.