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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fall/Winter 2005
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Special Issues for Seniors with Cancer
trade printer pricing, we were able to create
a full-color newsletter at substantial savings.
This means more money for our programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                              W       hile we see adults with cancer at any age,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      including young adults, we pay attention to trends
                                                                                                                                                                                                              affecting all populations and age groups. As the leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             he became a leader in the Newcomer Groups for years,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             until his cancer returned. After losing my husband and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             my son, I went to the Family Transition group. I found
and a better look for our newsletter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              edge of the baby boom generation hits their sixties, we’re                                                                     it so helpful to be involved with people my age, in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              starting to see a surge of media stories nationwide about                                                                      same situation. In May, I had to have my driver’s license
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the special needs of an aging population. Here at The                                                                          renewed. I felt concerned because passing or failing could
           Executive Director                                                                                Strides for Hope                                                                                 Wellness Community, we’ve been aware of the needs of                                                                           affect my mobility, my independence. I got a lot of help
                                                                                                                                                                                                              aging cancer survivors and caregivers since we opened our                                                                      and moral support from people my own age at The
               Transition                                                                                  Running with a Passion                                                                             doors 15 years ago.                                                                                                            Wellness Community.”

D    ue to a family illness, Mariana Moore has resigned as
     Executive Director of The Wellness Community of San
Francisco East Bay, effective July 29, 2005. Mariana remains
                                                                  C     ongratulations to our 2005 Strides for Hope team members!
                                                                        On Sunday, May 1st, our 45 participants ran and walked to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              While we can get cancer at any age, the risks increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                              as we grow older. At The Wellness Community, 58%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stu Klitsner                   Lois Phelps                     Aging is a topic of increasing urgency throughout our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community. Earlier this year, key members of The
                                                                  victory at the Adidas International Marathon in Vancouver, British                                                                          of our program participants are 55 and older, and that          older patients may face a number of chronic conditions,        Wellness Community staff were invited to participate in
deeply connected to the organization and expressed her            Columbia. Once again, we had the largest team out of all the Wellness
intent to continue supporting The Wellness Community’s                                                                                                                                                        percentage is likely to increase as baby boomers in the Bay     complicating treatment options. They may have other            the Contra Costa for Every Generation initiative, to help
                                                                  Communities nationwide. Our team raised $120,000 and donations                                                                              Area continue to age.                                                                                                          identify the solutions that are needed to make Contra
work both financially and as a volunteer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     health issues which might affect cancer treatments.
                                                                  are still coming in!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Costa County a good place to age. This is a timely issue,
The board of directors is engaging in a comprehensive search                                                                                                                                                  Stu Klitsner, a prostate cancer survivor, started coming to     Many may have memories of friends and loved ones
                                                                  In the pre-dawn darkness, our valiant team members clambered onto                                                                                                                                           who underwent horrible cancer treatments, years ago.           since more than half of the county’s current population is
process to secure a new executive director. Margaret Stauffer,                                                                                                                                                The Wellness Community shortly after his wife, Rhoda,
The Wellness Community’s current Program Director, has            the bus to join 14,000 other walkers and runners from all over the                                                                                                                                          As part of our educational process, we make information        from the baby boomer generation or older. Participation
                                                                                                                                                                                                              was diagnosed with multiple myeloma eight years ago.
stepped in as interim executive director. Margaret has worked     world. It was great to see so many of the runners proudly wearing                                                                                                                                           available about the advances that have been made that          in this important project is invaluable in connecting with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “We came the first time because a doctor was speaking
for The Wellness Community of SF East Bay for five years,         Strides team shirts. Cancer survivor Joanne Aldrich wore a festive                                                                                                                                          make treatments less destructive today.”                       other community agencies and representing the concerns
                                                                                                                                                                                                              about multiple myeloma,” Stu says. “We wanted to learn
and previously served as executive director and program           hat, festooned with purple ribbons featuring the names of friends and                                                                                                                                                                                                      of older community members with cancer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              as much as we could about prognosis and treatments. We          She continues, “Some elderly cancer patients tell us
director of The Wellness Community’s San Diego affiliate.         supporters. People cheered our team members all along the course, and it was easy to see why this so many of our team members
                                                                                                                                                                                                              kept coming back for the support groups. We went every          they don’t want to burden their children with their
        News from National
                                                                  return year after year. Many team members have told us that they consider crossing that finish line, knowing they have met a
                                                                  personal goal while also raising funds and awareness for The Wellness Community, to be their great accomplishment. For more
                                                                  pictures be sure to visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                              week. It gave us a focus and they gave us total support.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              His wife joined a support group for cancer patients and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              care or support, and they worry because not all of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              treatment options may be covered by insurance. Others
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             W     e gratefully acknowledge the many funders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   who have so generously provided underwriting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             support for The Wellness Community’s Cancer Support
D    id you know that there are now 23 affiliates of
     The Wellness Community - 21 nationally and 2
internationally? All the national affiliates will come together
                                                                                                                                           The 2006 Strides for Hope is forming now and will begin
                                                                                                                                           training in January 2006. Join us! Bring some of your co-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stu joined one for caregivers. “We learned what sort
                                                                                                                                                                                                              of questions to ask the doctor, and what treatments to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are concerned about losing their independence, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sometimes makes them less likely to seek help. Discussing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Groups during the last year:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              explore with our medical team,” Stu says.                       these concerns in a neutral, open, supportive atmosphere       Lowell Berry Foundation, Frank Campini Foundation,
for our national meeting in Philadelphia in November to                                                                                    workers. We will travel to the beautiful north state redwoods                                                                                                                                     The Cancer League, City of Walnut Creek, ConocoPhillips,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              can help people get to the heart of their fears and learn to
share program goals, ideas, and inspiration.                                                                                               for the Avenue of the Giants Marathon on May 7th, 2006.            When his wife died, Stu kept coming to The Wellness             communicate effectively with their loved ones and their        Genentech BioOncology, John Muir/Mount Diablo
                                                                                                                                           Runners and walkers of all fitness levels are welcome. You go at   Community for support. He explained that he didn’t                                                                             Community Health Fund, Hispanic Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              medical team.”
                Ways to Help                                                                                                               your own pace, receive free coaching and enjoy the camaraderie
                                                                                                                                           of joining with other Wellness Community participants and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              feel so alone. “You could explore your feelings – shared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Support groups are often made up of people who age
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Commerce, Hospice Preferred Choice Foundation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              heartbreaks and hopes – together,” he says. “I got close
J oin our Monthly Giving Club – Your monthly donation
  adds to the stability of our program offerings and our
ability to plan for the future. Call our office for more
                                                                                                                                           supporters. Informational meetings will be held on November
                                                                                                                                           8, December 6 and January 10, all at 6 pm. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to a lot of wonderful people I wouldn’t have known
                                                                                                                                                                                                              otherwise. Later, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I felt I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              differently. Some exercise and stay physically and mentally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              active. Others pay close attention to their diets. But since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kaiser Permanente, Kiwanis Club of San Ramon, Susan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bay Area Affiliate, McKesson Foundation, Office of
information 925-933-0107.                                                                                                                  information, call Linda Waxman at (925) 933-0107 or send an        was already part of a true community of helpful people.”        so many factors play a role in how aging progresses, one
                                                                                                                                           e-mail to                                                                                                 person at the age of seventy-five might be vibrant and         Minority Health, PMI, Safeway Foundation, San Ramon
Donate On-line – Visit our website at                                                                                                                                                     Although The Wellness Community offers programs to              vigorous, while another at the age of sixty-five might not     Regional Medical Center, Schering Oncology Biotech,
and click on the donate now button. It’s fast, secure and easy!                                                                                                                                               adults of all ages, those over the age of 65 often have age-    fare as well. Cancer treatment regimes therefore depend        Sutter Solano Medical Center, Tri-Valley Community
Buy one of our Hope T-shirts – they are soft and stylish
and they help us spread the word about our services, all at
                                                                         Spanish-speaking women take Steps of Hope                                                                                            specific concerns about their cancer treatment. Stu says
                                                                                                                                                                                                              that sometimes doctors will say when someone is about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              more on a person’s physical and emotional state than on        Fund, Y & H Soda, van Löben Sels/Rembe Rock and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Wal-Mart Stores.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              their age.
the same time. Call 925-933-0107.
Buy our Taste of Wellness Cookbook – Compiled from
                                                                  T     hree years ago, The Wellness Community of San
                                                                        Francisco East Bay launched a groundbreaking cancer
                                                                  support program for Spanish-speaking women and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 years old, it is better to watch and wait, to see what
                                                                                                                                                                                                              happens, rather than recommending surgery, because              The Wellness Community’s volunteer librarian, Lois
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phelps, lost both her husband and her son to cancer. “My
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We are also grateful to the many individual donors and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             small businesses who send in contributions, large and
recipes collected from participants, staff, and friends this                                                                                                                                                  prostate cancer is usually slow growing.
                                                                  families. (See story in The Wellness Connection Fall/Winter                                                                                                                                                 husband didn’t want to attend a support group at first, but    small or contribute services or goods for our events and
TWC cookbook makes a great gift.                                                                                                                                                                              In dealing with other types of cancer, some participants                                                                       auctions.
                                                                  2004) Through support groups, educational workshops and                                                                                                                                                     my daughter and I insisted he try it,” she says. “He was
                                                                  stress reduction activities, more than 140 women to date have                                                                               express the fear that they are too old for chemotherapy         a strong, obstinate individual. He ultimately found the        Your support enables us to continue providing our
                      Wish List                                   received free, community-based support in a comfortable,
                                                                  culturally appropriate setting that fosters a sense of kinship
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and other physically demanding cancer treatments.               group to be very helpful in dealing with his own issues.       cancer support programs free of charge to more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Margaret Stauffer, The Wellness Community’s Program             The separate group for caregivers helped me to know how        1,300 individuals and families each year.
    T    he Wellness Community welcomes gifts of products
         and services in addition to cash. We are currently
    seeking the following donations:
                                                                  and hope.
                                                                  Earlier this year, the women who participate in our support
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Director, explains, “This is not an unwarranted fear, as        to support my husband. When he went into remission

                                                                  groups expressed interest in organizing an event to celebrate                                                                                                                                                 Professional Advisory Board Member Profile
    •   LCD Projector to use for our educational seminars
        Attractive comfortable stackable chairs
        Volunteer gardener
                                                                  their survivorship, increase cancer awareness in their
                                                                  community, and give something back to The Wellness Community in appreciation for the help they have received..                                                                                                     Eating for Wellness
    •   New roof
    Tax receipts will be issued for the full fair market value
    of the contribution. For more information, call Linda
                                                                  Our Spanish-language Program Coordinator, Blanca Crovetto-Avancena, was inspired by their ideas, and together,
                                                                  they created Pasos de Esperanza, a fundraising drive culminating in a spiritual “walk” in Mexico City on April 29th.                        A    sk Tinrin Chew about the importance of nutrition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for cancer patients, and watch her face light up with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the passion that fuels her work. “Even as little as ten years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thought to be more important than what people ate,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              she explains. Milkshakes, fatty foods and sweets were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              encouraged. Now we know that nutrition can affect cancer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             time because the results may not be seen or felt right away.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Since it is only natural when someone is feeling stress to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             turn to comfort foods that nurture without nutrition,
                                                                  Pasos de Esperanza (“Steps of Hope”) grew out of a desire to educate people about cancer within the Latino community,
    Waxman at (925) 933-0107.                                                                                                                                                                                 ago, nutrition was seen very differently for cancer patients    cell growth. Research has shown that proper nutrition can      Tinrin encourages patients to reframe the way they think
                                                                  while introducing them to the culturally appropriate cancer support resources available through The Wellness
                                                                  Community. The event was a huge success. Thirty cancer survivors, family members and supporters sold raffle tickets,                        than it is today,” she says.                                    help retard cancer cell growth.”                               about food. She doesn’t expect people to eat only those
        Donate your vehicle!                                      engaged local churches, and ultimately otherwise raised more than $40,000 to help fund The Wellness Community’s                                                             The Wellness Community          The National Cancer Institute estimates that at least
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             foods that provide healthy fuel for their bodies, but she
                                                                  Spanish-language program. In late April, board member Enrique Ruiz and staff members Blanca Crovetto-Avancena                                                                                                                                                              hopes they will begin to limit their intake of foods that
S   upport The Wellness Community’s
    programs. It’s easy!                                          and Mariana Moore accompanied the women to Mexico City to visit a very special cultural and spiritual site, the Shrine
                                                                  of the Virgin Guadalupe. We delivered hand-knit blankets from The Wellness Community to the Asociación Mexicana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is fortunate to benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from     Tinrin’s   many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              35% of all cancers have a nutritional connection. So it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              makes sense that eating a diet high in the nutrient-rich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             give them an emotional lift without any nutritional
Call 1(888) 686-4483.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        benefit. “Once people understand that a nutritional diet
                                                                  de Lucha Contra el Cáncer AC, the Mexican equivalent of the American Cancer Society.                                                                                        years of experience as          foods can help the body fight cancer. Researchers have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             can help their bodies slow down disease, it makes the
Free up your driveway and help                                                                                                                                                                                                                a registered dietitian.         already identified the antioxidant lycopene, found in
                                                                  The women have already begun planning for the 2006 Pasos de Esperanza. For more information, call Blanca at (800) 556-0477.                                                                                                                                                change easier,” she says.
a great cause. Donate your car,                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thanks      to    Tinrin’s      tomato products and watermelons, as a powerful agent in
truck, boat or RV to benefit The Wellness Community. Free
                                                                     Our Wellness Community Circle of Giving Society
towing and we handle all the paperwork!                                                                                                                                                                                                       passion and her wealth of       reducing the risk of prostate cancer.                          Like any good teacher, Tinrin understands that lecturing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              expertise, her Nutrition                                                                       alone is not the answer. The proof is in the delectable food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tinrin conducts Nutrition and Cancer workshops at
                                                                  O     ur donors play a very significant role in our community. So we are pleased to recognize donors who give substantial
                                                                        financial support to maintain the high quality of our cancer support and education programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Cancer workshops are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              always among the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Wellness Community regularly, aided by volunteer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              helpers such as past support group participants Joanne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             she prepares and shares with the workshop participants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “We can talk about fresh foods, a balanced diet and proper
                                                                  Circle of Giving donors are recognized for their cumulative giving totals, for their annual gifts and for their planned gifts that                                          popular at The Wellness                                                                        nutrition, but it remains just a concept until people see it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aldrich and Ali Desiderio. Even Tinrin’s husband is
                                                                  benefit The Wellness Community participants in the future.                                                                                                                  Community.                                                                                     and taste it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sometimes enlisted to run to the store for fresh veggies or
                                                                  • Circle of Caring - $1,000 – $4,999                                       • Circle of Hope - $10,000+                                      As a member of our Professional Advisory Board, Tinrin          a missing ingredient the night before her workshop. “The       Surrounded by an array of brightly colored vegetables,
                                                                    Member names will appear on our Tree of Life. Special                      Member names will appear on our Tree of Life. Special
                                                                    benefits include our Hope Tee-shirt and donor forums                       benefits include a Circle of Hope donor reception and two
                                                                                                                                                                                                              plays an important role in providing the latest information     preparation takes a little more work, but the benefits are     fruit, freshly made dips and her richly textured baked
                                                                                                                                               tickets to our Annual Gala Dinner                              to our program participants on the relationship between         great,” she says. “Dietary counseling can make a major         muffins, Tinrin beams, “So much of my work is based on
                                                                  • Circle of Wellness - $5,000 - $9,999
                                                                    Member names will appear on our Tree of Life. Special                    • Circle of Compassion – Planned Giving donor                    nutrition and cancer. She credits new medications that          difference in helping people apply nutrition knowledge to      my own convictions, my passions. It is such a privilege to
                                                                    benefits include a special presentation of A Taste of Wellness             Automatic inclusion in “The Shannon McGowan Inspiration        suppress nausea with enhancing the treatment process so         their lifestyle, food preferences and medical condition.”      be doing what I love. I always tell people that my patients
The Wellness Community thanks our Chevron volunteers for            and two tee times for our Annual Golf Tournament                           Fund” our Endowment account                                    patients can maintain their appetites. “Eating something,                                                                      are my best teachers. I see such positive results.”
working on our building during Chevron’s “People Making a                                                                                      All member benefits listed above                                                                                               Tinrin admits that changing life-long eating habits doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                              anything, to keep weight on during treatment was [once]
Difference” Campaign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         happen overnight. She says the process takes hold over
      A Message of Hope                                                                               Strike Out Cancer Day                                                                                                          2005 Wellness Gala                                                                                  PLANNED GIVING:
      from a Motorcycle                                          C    ancer survivors and Wellness Community supporters came out for a sunny day at SBC Park on August 7th to celebrate
                                                                      the 2nd annual Strike Out Cancer Day. The Wellness Community has stepped into the big league with two partners,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Yellow Brick Road to Hope                                                                                Leave a legacy for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                       OnAnnual Wellness Gala: 17 Toast celebrated our Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Saturday, September      we                 5th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Gala Sponsors

T    he Wellness Community of San Francisco East Bay
     welcomed cancer survivor Tom Cronan on May 19th
                                                                 Genentech and the San Francisco Giants, to promote cancer survivorship through the “Strike Out Cancer” program. This
                                                                 two-year campaign is designed to educate and empower those affected by cancer,                                                                                A        to the Stars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Presenting Sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cause you care about
                                                                                                                                                                                                       theme this year, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, was a
as he completed his incredible 6,600-mile, cross-country
motorcycle journey to raise awareness about cancer
                                                                 and raise awareness of the many resources that are available through The Wellness
                                                                 Community to cancer patients and their families. Through the extraordinary
                                                                 generosity of Genentech, our Wellness Community also received more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tribute to that lovely melody of hope. Rod Mickels, CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                       of InVision Communications, served as Gala Chair. Cherié
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A    s president of the board, I know first-hand how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          important it is to plan for the organization’s future. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     all want The Wellness Community to be around for future
survivorship and The Wellness Community’s free programs                                                                                                                                                Huillade, board president emeritus, received the Shannon
                                                                 $180,000 as a result of this two-year campaign. We are grateful to Genentech, the                                                                                                                                                                                   generations, for as long as people need our cancer support
of support, education and hope.                                                                                                                                                                        McGowan Inspiration Award, and our Community Spirit                                 Community Sponsors
                                                                 San Francisco Giants and Weisscomm Partners for their commitment to bringing                                                                                                                                                                                        services. My passion for helping
                                  Tom roared into our                                                                                                                                                  Award honored Genentech for their extraordinary support                                 Wells Fargo Bank                      The Wellness Community is
                                                                 information, support and hope to cancer patients and their families through this
                                  Wellness     Community                                                                                                                                               through the Strike Out Cancer campaign. Mary Stutts,                           Wells Fargo Private Client Services            inspired by my mother’s death
                                                                 innovative partnership.
                                  parking lot on his                                                                                                                                                   accepting the award for Genentech said, “I’m proud that                       Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking            from cancer twenty-five years
                                  Harley Davidson. He            Last year’s campaign was so successful that, this year, Strike Out Cancer events are                                                  through Genentech’s support of Strike Out Cancer and other                                                                    ago, a time when The Wellness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Education Sponsors
                                  was accompanied on the         being held in 11 cities nationwide, often in collaboration with                                                                       Wellness Community programs we have helped educate the                                                                        Community’s services were not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Blanding Boyer & Rockwell, LLP            yet available. If The Wellness
                                  last leg of his journey        other Wellness Communities in those areas. Our celebrity                                                                              community and raised awareness of the services available at                          Sutter Solano Medical Center
                                                                 campaign spokespersons this year include baseball Hall of                                                                             The Wellness Community. Together, we represent equally                                                                        Community had been around
                                  by Davis Todhunter, a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Kaiser Permanente                  when my mother was alive, I
                                  past TWC participant           Famer Paul Molitor and former All-Star Eric Davis who                                                                                 important and complementary pieces of cancer care                                         Trumark Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Genetech provides cutting edge new targeted therapies to                                                                    have no doubt that the quality
                                  and current Leadership         are sharing their experiences with cancer to educate and                                                                                                                                                                                                            of life for her and for the rest
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ensure patients have the latest treatments – and The Wellness              Corporate Leadership Sponsors 2005*
                                  Council member. Davis          inspire people across the country. For more information                                                                                                                                                                                                             of my family would have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Community offers support in coping with all aspects of                          Blanding Boyer & Rockwell, LLP
                                  rode on a beautiful BMW        on the campaign, visit                                                                                                                                                                         California Insurance Center                 substantially improved.
                                  motorcycle that belonged                                                                                                                                             diagnosis and treatment.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Genentech                           I recently named The Wellness
                                  to his late daughter,                                                                                                                                                Later in the evening, upon receiving her award, Cherié                             The Safeway Foundation                     Community in my will, for
                                  Laurie, who died of a
                                  brain tumor several years                                                 Golf Classic 2005                                                                          said, “I knew that sustainability of this important work
                                                                                                                                                                                                       needed to be a priority. I saw an opportunity to cultivate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           UBS Financial Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     two reasons: 1) my personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     connection to cancer; and 2) the incredible hope, education
                                                                   I  magine a chance to play the beautiful and challenging course at the Orinda Country Club. More than 80 golfers did                the community, re-activate former volunteers, and leverage                          Browman Development Co.                   and support that The Wellness Community provides to those
Tom and Davis were greeted by a cheering crowd of Wellness            just that during our 11th Annual Golf Classic, held on June 27th, to raise funds for our cancer support programs. As Bob         Leadership Council connections, all to build a team of                                     Leola Haskew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     living with cancer and their loved ones. I believe The Wellness
Community participants and other well-wishers. Tom is a            Sexton, Chairman of the 2006 Golf Classic committee, explained, “This tournament gives people an opportunity to play                support.” During her four-year participation on the event                                                                     Community provides the “gold standard” of cancer support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phil & Leslie Johnston
pancreatic cancer survivor who attended support groups                                                                                                                                                 committee, she played a significant role in the development                                                                   services in the country today. I feel strongly about the value
                                                                   a challenging course and help a great cause. Orinda is a wonderful venue.”                                                                                                                                         Metrovation/Terranomics Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                       of a vision for the annual gala. After two years, she became                                                                  this organization provides to the community it serves. The
at The Wellness Community affiliate in Knoxville. He                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          North American Title
                                                                   Although the game of golf can seem intimidating to those who haven’t played it much, Sexton says this tournament style              board President and served from 2001 to 2004. As a three-                                                                     naming of the organization as a beneficiary of a portion of
embarked on his journey in March, determined to visit each                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Table Sponsors                 Table Captains        my assets gives me a strong sense of commitment, providing
affiliate of The Wellness Community nationwide to raise            makes it welcoming to novices and pros alike, “We use the ‘shamble’ format, where a foursome uses the best drive off the            time Strides for Hope marathoner, she not only raised funds
                                                                   tee, then each player plays their own ball from that point to the hole. It gives players at all levels a chance to be competitive   and the agency’s visibility – she actually completed all three          City National Bank                Cherié Huillade     me with the satisfaction of giving back, and helps me create a
awareness about cancer survivorship and the free resources                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Comcast                        Jim Keene        more meaningful life.
of support and education available through TWC. A life-            as part of a team and still get to play all elements of this beautiful course.”                                                     26.1 mile marathons. For someone who hadn’t run anything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cotton & Lace               Hispanic Chamber of    In my professional life, I am a financial advisor to affluent
                                                                                                                                                                                                       but a 10K race once, many years before, Cherié explained it
long educator and athlete, Tom said he fought a personal                                                                  Sponsors                                                                     as, “life-changing. The Wellness Community inspires you to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Diablo Valley Oncology                 Commerce         individuals. One of the areas I deal with is the how to satisfy
war with pancreatic cancer with the help of the University         Bell Carter Foods, Inc.                      Maze & Associates                           Trumark Companies                                                                                                      Grubb & Ellis                 Jerry Weintraub
                                                                                                                                                                                                       do things you didn’t think you could do.”                                                                                     people’s charitable and philanthropic desires. A Planned Giving
of Tennessee Medical Center and The Wellness Community             Blanding Boyer & Rockwell, LLP               Miramonte Land & Development                Tyris Corporation                                                                                                   Eric & Chris Lefler                                  Program is one method I explore with clients to satisfy those
in Knoxville.                                                                                                                                                                                          Our wonderful participant speakers included Maria Virginia                  Longs Drugs                   Benefactors         desires. I invite you to consider The Wellness Community’s
                                                                   General Plumbing Company                     The Mechanics Bank                          Union Bank of California
An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Tom says he chose to embark                                                                                                                                             Padilla and Katharina Perez. Both women bravely shared                      Merrill Lynch                 Argo Insurance      Planned Giving Program as a way to leave your personal legacy
on his national tour aboard his 2004 Harley Davidson Softail                                         Congratulations to our winners!                                                                   their poignant stories, bringing home to the audience the               Silicon Valley Bank             Foley & Lardner LLP   for a cause that touches the lives of so many of us. There are
Standard to help bring attention to cancer survivorship, as a                         1st Place Winners                                                   2nd Place Winners                            real reason for the gala celebration, cancer survivorship. Maria               Tesoro                                         very simple ways to plan a future gift of any amount.
way to give back to those who helped him in his personal               Rick Lyall, Lori Orr, Steve Clark and Jeff Clark                   Bob Hillaker, Larry Spishok, Won Yi and Ed Strobel           and Katharina find ways to stay involved with our Spanish-               Tyris Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Wellness Community offers our supporters a variety of
war on cancer. “The Wellness Community made such a                                                                                                                                                     language Cancer Support Program. We would like to thank our                                                                   ways to contribute. All of our giving programs are designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A Special Thank You to InVision
difference in my life,” he says. “I feel that everyone facing                                                                                                                                          sponsors, donors and everyone who joined us to make the event                                                                 to help maintain and grow our program offerings, so that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and All Our Auction Donors
cancer ought to have access to the same support. My ride was                                                                                                                                           such a success. Please visit our web site for more photos.                                                                    everyone who walks through our doors can find the help they
my attempt to raise awareness about the fight against cancer,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        need.
to support those who are waging their own war against                                                                                                                                                                                                       Top Left: Participant Speakers -                                         One of the simplest and yet most profound ways to help is to
this insidious disease, and to capture people’s attention by                                                                                                                                                                                                Maria Virginia Padilla &                                                 name The Wellness Community in your will. Usually, this only
proving that there can be life after cancer, all from the seat                                                                                                                                                                                              Katharina Perez                                                          requires a simple amendment to your current will. This simple
of this motorcycle.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 step may aid in your tax planning and will yield long-lasting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     benefits to The Wellness Community and the community we
Tom’s quest succeeded beyond his expectations. He has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     serve well into the future, ensuring that your legacy of caring
warmly welcomed by cancer survivors at every Wellness                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Top Right: Singer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     lasts well beyond your own lifetime.
Community he’s traveled to. Tom’s journey also enjoyed                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Leola Jiles
substantial media coverage, including an appearance on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Some people hear the term “Planned Giving” and mistakenly
national Good Morning America in April.                                              Orinda Country Club                                                    3rd Place Winners                                                                                                                                                        believe that it is very complicated and/or only for the very rich.
                                                                                                                                               Ira Hillyer, Gary Smith and Keary Sullivan                                                                                                                                            Neither assumption is true. Planned giving simply refers to
There is also a wonderful local aspect to this story. Davis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a group of giving options that benefits both you as a donor,
Todhunter and his wife, Pat, donated their late daughter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and the agency’s future program growth. Planned giving, most
Laurie’s BMW motorcycle to The Wellness Community. As                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bottom Left: Mary Stutts                                             simply, is a gift that requires planning, as compared to your
Davis and Pat explained, “This motorcycle was owned and                                                                                                                                                                                                         accepted the Community                                               ongoing annual giving which usually involves just writing a
ridden by our daughter Laurie Jean Robertson. We all used                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spirit Award for                                                     check.
the services of The Wellness Community in 1997. This is our                                                                                                                                                                                                     Genentech from Board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                President Jim Keene                                                  You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a planned gift. If you
way of supporting people with cancer.” The motorcycle was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            own a home or a car, you have an “estate.” You can donate
raffled off at The Wellness Community’s Fifth Annual Toast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           your house or car, cash, life insurance, stocks and bonds,
to the Stars Gala, in September.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bottom Right: Shannon                                            furniture or art. Often you and your heirs can reap substantial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      McGowan Inspiration                                            tax benefits by donating a portion of your estate to charity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     award recipient Cherié                                          We recommend you consult your estate planning attorney, tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and/or financial advisor to evaluate your options.
                                                                   Planning for the 2006 tournament has already begun. Bob Sexton, Tim Carter,                                                                                                                       Hulliade and Program
                                                                   Rick Lyall, Jeff Clark, Lori Orr and David Butler form The Wellness Community’s                                                                                                                       Director Margaret                                           Charitable giving by individuals is the single most important
                                                                   reorganized golf classic strategic planning committee. They are working closely with                                                                                                                            Stauffer                                          source of funds for charitable organizations in this country.
                                                                   tournament consultant, Shim LaGoy, named PGA Golf Professional of the Year in                                                                                                                                                                                     Your actions today in planning for your financial future can
                                                                   2002. Sexton said, “We’re glad to be working with Shim. As head golf professional,                                                                                                                                                                                provide enormous satisfaction for you, and a sustained source
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of funding for an organization you care about. Planned giving,
                                                                   he oversees all the golf tournaments at the Orinda Country Club - those that work,
                                                                   and those that don’t. His insights are invaluable.”                                                                                                               Spring Fling 2005                                                                               in effect, provides a tangible way for you to support your most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cherished values well beyond your lifetime.
                                                                   The Wellness Community would like to thank all of our golf committee members,
                                                                   sponsors, donors, participants, auction donors and volunteers!                                                                      O     ur crazy cool, wet, spring did a fast-forward to summer on May 21st, just in time for our 3rd
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Annual Spring Fling fashion show and luncheon. Once again, Jane and Steve Roath of Alamo
                                                                                                                                                                                                       graciously opened their beautiful home to host this event. Leslie Griffth an honorary member of The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Following are questions you might want to ask about your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     personal charitable mission and values:
                                                                   Please mark your calendars for next year’s 12th Annual Golf Classic on Monday,                                                      Wellness Community’s Board of Directors, emceed the event. Her African Gray parrot, Buddy, fit                                • What are my core values?
                                                                   June 26th, 2006. Visit our website at and go to the Special                                                     right in with the tropical theme, perching on Leslie’s shoulder during much of the afternoon.                                 • What is my charitable intent?
                                                                   Events page then to “Golf Tournament 2006” where you’ll find the most up-to-date                                                                                                                                                                                  • What ways of giving might be most satisfying and
                                                                   information and registration options for golfers and sponsors alike.                                                                100 people attended, joined by 20 cancer survivors, volunteers and staff. Kudos and a heartfelt                                 consistent with my mission and values?
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “thank you” go to co-chairs Marsha Weintraub Molling and Susan Wichmann and the other dynamic
     A New Way to Give
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Do I want to explore giving a planned gift while living
                                                                                                                                                                                                       members of our Spring Fling Committee: Susan                                                                                    (such as through a charitable lead trust), so that I can
                                                                                   Corporate Leadership Sponsors 2005                                                                                  Fitzsimons, Beth Fontaine, Toni Lane, Karin                                                                                     experience the impact and joy of giving?
I f you have browsed our website recently, you may have
  noticed a new feature. We’ve added
a “Donate Now” button to our site
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lefler, Josi Parker, Jane Roath, Linda Slevin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Maryam Wahdat and staff Mariana Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You may also wish to consider your family’s philanthropic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     planning by asking:
(                                                                                                                                                                                 and Linda Waxman. Our lovely and handsome
                                                                                                                                                                                                       models, including board and staff members,                                                                                    • Are there philanthropic values and beliefs I want to teach
Our new Donate Now button is a convenient, safe and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or instill in my children?
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sonja Christopher and other several cancer
easy way for you to donation on-line to The Wellness                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Have I discussed my philanthropic desires and intent with
                                                                                                                                                                                                       survivors, wore fashions from Cotton & Lace and                                                                                 my spouse/partner? My children? My extended family as
Community. All donations will help support the free                                                                                                                                                    Tommy Bahama. Geppetto’s in Orinda provided                                                                                     appropriate?
programs we offer to people affected by cancer. The online                                                                                                                                             a delicious luncheon. A special thank you goes to                                                                             • What family legacy do I want to leave?
giving feature is offered in partnership with Network for                                                                                                                                              Merrill Lynch for their sponsorship of this event.
Good, which is user-friendly and has a solid reputation. Try                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Planned Giving Options – There are many ways to leave
this new donation option and let us know what you think.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             your legacy of caring at The Wellness Community. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     information, I invite you to call The Wellness Community at
Just go to and click to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (925) 933-0107, or visit our web site
your donation today. Thank you!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      planned.

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