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Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center Receives $1M Pledge


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                                                                                    Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center Receives $1M Pledge

 Peter and Victoria Chow Support Cancer Research 

St. Helena, CA, May 29, 2012. The St. Helena Hospital Foundation has received a pledge from Peter and Victoria Chow for $1M dedicated to supporting cancer research through the Martin O’Neil Cancer Center (MOCC). The Chows, 20 year Napa Valley residents, are well known for their generous support within the community, and became interested in funding cancer research following Peter’s own cancer treatment.

"I realized what we need most is more clinical trials, with access for everyone who needs these treatments," Peter says. "We hope that our gift will inspire others and attract more donors to support these programs."

MOCC participates in the Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. This relationship allows them to provide access to many of the most promising clinical research studies.

"Access to these treatment options is often only available at a University Medical Center," says Dr. Gregory Smith, Medical Director of MOCC. "Because of Peter and Vickie’s generosity, we will be able to develop an outstanding cancer research program, serving the needs of our patients, allowing them to benefit from clinical trials in their home community. We will honor their generosity by providing exceptional medical care and personal service to each and every patient we serve."

This is the largest single gift the Chows have given to date, and one they are happy to make. Peter sees their donation as supporting an asset that goes far beyond a brick and mortar structure or treatment protocols, an asset of healing and hope. He expressed his gratitude for having such high-quality treatment available so close to home. "How wonderful it is that a small hospital can deliver needed care to cancer patients," he says. "We want to ensure the same benefit to other future patients. Giving is a very important part of our lives, something we find very rewarding. This is a simple thing for us that may save lives for others."

"The clinical trials are a source of hope to many of our friends and neighbors, and the Chows’ generosity expands access to that resource. Their remarkable joy in giving has long been one of their signature gifts to our community," says David Duncan, Chairman of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. "This is truly an incredible gift from extraordinary community members. We couldn’t be more thankful."

In recognition of their gift, the center’s Hope Tree sculpture, symbolizing the journey through diagnosis and treatment, will be dedicated to the Chows. 

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