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Tahoe Forest Health System Community Generosity Program Highlights The Value Of Silent Giving

Every contribution, no matter the amount, has a positive effect. A silent auction where individuals can make a donation can be found at, click the “Community Generosity” tab.

Cancer patients face unique challenges beyond their battle with the disease. They need assistance with driving to treatment centers; affording expensive wigs; buying mastectomy products and covering costs for out of town hotel rooms for specialty clinic visits, gas expenses and much more. “Straight from the Heart" encourages people to make a donation to assist cancer patients in our community with their day to day challenges. Several donation options are available.

For instance, a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment will most likely need a wig to help them with the side effect of hair loss. The average cost of a wig ranges from $300 – $800. Mastectomy prostheses and compression garments also help to make coping with the loss of a breast to cancer a bit easier. Mastectomy products include breast forms and specialized bras. The average cost of a breast prosthesis is $250.


Many cancer patients need to buy more expensive food to supplement their nutritional requirements. Because of the high cost of cancer treatments and care, patients may not have the financial capability to cover this extra cost because they’re not working or already are struggling financially. A donation may help someone afford medication, specialty foods or a utility bill. Cancer patients and their families greatly benefit from all community contributions. A donation in any amount positively impacts local cancer patients, and your support is greatly appreciated.


Transportation costs and occasional assistance with hotel stays are two of the biggest issues facing cancer patients. Often treatments are five times a week for several weeks. Many patients are not able to drive and don’t have family and friends to assist. Donations cover the cost of fuel cards, public transportation, snow removal and hotel vouchers.  


The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s Exercise for Energy Program is a free patient program offering guidance, support and useful tools to return and maintain health and wellness. Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation seeks grants for partial funding, but it needs additional financial support. The six-week program costs $200 per patient, or sponsorship of the entire class for $1600.   

The community can also support The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Programs by attending the 2013 Best of Tahoe Chefs, “Hollywood Nights” event May 19 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The top 20 Chefs from North Lake Tahoe and Truckee prepare some of their most popular culinary creations. For more information, call 530.582.6271.

“Having the financial and emotional support of our community to continue existing cancer patient and family support programs along with offering new ones, is a tremendous assistance,” said Martha Simon, chief development officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “Proceeds from the Best of Chef’s event, now in its fourteenth year, and individual donations, make a huge difference in the lives of our cancer patients.”


For a full list of silent auction items that benefit local cancer patients, please visit




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