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Foundation’s “Derby Gala” raises more than $195,000 for new Cancer Care Fund

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Lori and Joe on stage

Tuality president Lori James-Nielsen (right) and Dr. Joe Hardman emceed the Derby Gala. (Andie Petkus Photography)

With help from 200 guests, many volunteers and the community, more than $195,000 was raised at Tuality Healthcare Foundation’s Derby Gala in Hillsboro, Oregon. This Kentucky Derby themed event, presented by Farmington Gardens, launched the next goal of the “On the Road to Prevention” Campaign: a cancer care fund. Funds raised will provide travel and accommodation assistance for patients away from home while receiving treatment at OHSU Tuality Healthcare, and may include capital improvements and state of the art equipment investments in Tuality’s cancer care facilities.

OHSU Tuality Healthcare has seen an increasing number of patients traveling daily from coastal and rural communities to receive chemotherapy and radiation. With treatments lasting an average of five weeks, for some the added cost and stress of travel can mean missing appointments, preventing patients from successfully completing their care. For local patients, finding a reliable ride to and from appointments can be challenging without a support network of friends and family. Funds raised at the “Derby Gala” for a cancer care fund, as part of the “On the Road to Prevention” campaign, aim to help patients overcome these barriers to care through gas cards, taxi vouchers, lodging and meal assistance.

In 2018, the Tuality Healthcare Foundation launched goal one of the “On the Road to Prevention” campaign: the purchase of a $1 million state-of-the-art mammography van to increase access to life-saving, preventative care. To date, more than $700,000 has been raised toward the purchase of the van, and fundraising will continue until completed.

OHSU Tuality Healthcare president Lori James-Nielsen, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A remarked, “The community’s extraordinary generosity will help our neighbors, friends, and family members access the care they need, when they need it most. This is what community is all about.”

About Tuality Healthcare Foundation

The Tuality Healthcare Foundation supports OHSU Tuality Healthcare by funding projects and programs that enrich the patient experience and wellness of our community. The Foundation envisions a region— from Washington County to the coast—where there is access to consistent, patient-focused, high-quality care.

Maria McCandless | 503-681-1564 | January 29, 2019 | Events