Record-breaking cancer fund gala raises nearly $1.1 million

The total raised exceeded any amount ever raised at a PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation event

VANCOUVER — PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation held an evening fundraising gala on Sat., Oct. 19 to benefit the Jaime Wyatt Miller Cancer Compassion Fund.  A total of $1,078,653 was raised, exceeding any amount ever raised at a PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation event.

PeaceHealth Southwest Cancer Center's Infusion Therapy team is overjoyed with the community's support of cancer patients going through chemo and other treatments at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Photo courtesy of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
PeaceHealth Southwest Cancer Center’s Infusion Therapy team is overjoyed with the community’s support of cancer patients going through chemo and other treatments at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Photo courtesy of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

The Starry, Starry Night Gala was attended by 450 guests and chaired by Terry Prill. Dan and Janis Wyatt and the Wyatt Family created a $250,000 matching gift opportunity for the evening, which was met. In addition, a $50,000 matching gift from the Firstenburg Foundation was also met.

“We’re so grateful for this wonderful display of support for Jaime’s Fund. The generosity of our sponsors and so many individuals in support of this unique fund will provide special assistance to the most vulnerable among the thousands of cancer patients who receive care and treatment at PeaceHealth Southwest each year,” said Terry Prill.

The Starry, Starry Night Gala was one part of PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation’s Giving Strength Cancer Campaign which is focused on several aspects of providing superior care for cancer patients in our region. In addition to Jaime’s Fund, the Foundation is also nearly halfway toward reaching its $3 million goal to renovate inpatient cancer facilities which are currently located in the original Mother Joseph building. This renovation will provide modern, spacious, private patient rooms having ample space for loved ones, as well as modern nursing and other caregiving and conference spaces necessary for the care of especially fragile cancer patients. 

The Jaime Wyatt Miller Cancer Compassion Fund is named in memory of Jaime Wyatt Miller who died in 2018 from breast cancer. Her family established the fund to honor her memory and dedication to helping others, creating a legacy and tribute to a local Vancouver woman who is deeply missed.

Structured as an endowment, Jaime’s Fund will ensure in perpetuity that those PeaceHealth Southwest cancer patients undergoing treatment who are also dealing with additional stress and worry over basic necessities like food, clothing and transportation will get the assistance they need, so they can focus on their treatment and healing.

Including the gala donations, the Foundation has now raised a total of $1,783,031 for Jaime’s Fund and much needed assistance is already being distributed to those cancer patients at PeaceHealth Southwest who are in need of strength.

To learn more about the Giving Strength Cancer Campaign, visit www.peacehealth.org/givingstrength or contact Jennifer Wilkerson jwilkerson@peacehealth.org (360) 514-3106.

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