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More Than $1 Million Donated to the Cancer Center at SJCH

Philanthropy The gifts announced today represented the latest “naming opportunities” for The Cancer Center at SJCH. In September, Dr. Donald Cornforth and his wife, Edna made a $1 million donation to kick-off the Capital Campaign. The lobby of the center will be called: “Cornforth Family Pavilion.” Today’s naming opportunities, representing more than $1 million consisted of:

Wayne and Lynn Deats Patient Room – Wayne and Lynn Deats are longtime residents of this community and are excited to join in supporting the Capital Campaign for The Cancer Center at SJCH with a leadership gift. For many years, Wayne Deats made his career as a financial adviser in the oil and gas and insurance industries. Mrs. Deats built a career in retail and owned a local boutique shop for nearly 20 years. Mrs. Deats’ family is still the proud owner of Guarantee Shoe Center in downtown Bakersfield. The couple has served for many years in a variety of volunteer roles in Bakersfield and Kern County. Currently, Wayne Deats serves on the SJCH Foundation Board and is a volunteer who is helping to guide the Capital Campaign for The Cancer Center.

The Peters Family Infusion Treatment Center – Over the last year, Brad and Elizabeth Peters are also major supporters of The Cancer Center at SJCH, pledging $500,000 to the fundraising effort. They have been local business owners for many years and are committed to giving back to the community they believe has given them so much. Brad and Elizabeth Peters have a passion for improving cancer care and are proud supporters of The Cancer Center at SJCH.

Advanced Industrial Services Radiation Treatment Center – Robert Rice was in attendance at Wednesday’s press conference and also represented Leslie Knox and Rowdy Dickard of Advanced Industrial Services (AIS). AIS is a local company and a Certified Woman-Owned Business that has been the leader in its field since 1997, when it was incorporated. AIS, led by Leslie Knox and Rowdy Dickard, provides a variety of tank and vessel cleaning services that it has perfected over the last 20 years. For many years, AIS has done its part to give back to Bakersfield and the surrounding areas because they believe it is important to improve the community in which they live and work. AIS employees have worked diligently to help their company become a major contributor to cancer-related causes locally. They have generously pledged $500,000 to the Capital Campaign for The Cancer Center at SJCH.