Tri-Valley dentists Drs. Jeff Bueno and Tom Sellick recently donated $5,000 through their Dentists Against Cancer nonprofit to the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation's "Women in Need Fund," which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women going through breast cancer treatment at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.
The dentists, both of whom lost their mothers to the disease, worked hard to garner donations in 2020 despite their annual golf fundraiser being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This was an off year due to COVID, but we are very thankful for those people that contributed to our efforts," Bueno said. "We were able to raise $5,000 for local women in need, mostly through the national program Smiles For Life, which offers teeth-whitening services in exchange for donations. We provide our services without cost and are able to choose a local charity that will receive 50% of the proceeds."
"We are so grateful for the dedication of Drs. Sellick and Bueno," said Shaké Sulikyan, president and executive director of VCCF. "Since its inception, the Women in Need Fund has helped over 650 patients."
"The store in our Cancer Resource Center was closed due to shelter-in-place orders between March and September this year, but they are open again, and breast cancer patients are able to get some of their necessary supplies there. The Women in Need Fund is available to help those who need financial assistance. We are also offering virtual wig-shopping," she said, adding:
"Although the pandemic has temporarily altered our way of life, Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare remains dedicated to serving our community, one patient at a time, no matter what ... and VCCF remains committed to funding this meaningful work."
To learn more about the Women in Need Fund, or to donate, visit givevalleycare.org/donate or call 925-373-4560.