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Published on September 01, 2011

Overlake Auxiliary Hosts Tree of Hope Event to Honor Cancer Patients and their Families

Bellevue, Wash. – Nearly every family is affected by cancer. While every cancer experience is different, one common desire is for hope and a cure. That’s why the Cancer Center Auxiliary established its annual Tree of Hope candle lighting ceremony and reception. The public is invited to celebrate the lives of family members and friends who have faced the challenges of cancer by lighting a candle in their honor. The event will be held Tuesday, September 13, 6 to 7 p.m., in the hospital’s main lobby at 1035 116th Avenue NE in Bellevue.

Before the ceremony, Dr. Richard B. Clarfeld, a breast surgeon from the Cancer Center at Overlake, will share Overlake’s vision for a consolidated Cancer Center that will better integrate cancer services on the Overlake campus and enhance the care experience for patients and families. A cancer survivor will also share her experience at Overlake and talk about how she was helped by the funds raised by the Cancer Center Auxiliary.

“Cancer patients are either preparing for or fighting the battle of their lives,” said Dr. Clarfeld. “They need to focus all of their energy and resources on this battle. Being short on personal resources can be a powerful distraction. The Cancer Center Auxiliary at Overlake steps in and provides aid to patients in need. This quiet and generous help permits patients to refocus and concentrate solely on their healthcare.”

Recent donations have helped patients pay for transportation, out-of-pocket prescription expenses and insurance premiums; provided funding for wigs available at the Cancer Resource Center; as well as provided support for a dedicated cancer patient navigator/social worker.

All proceeds from the event will benefit patient care programs at Overlake. To make a gift to the Cancer Center Auxiliary, visit www.overlakehospital.org/treeofhope. For more information on the event, call 425-688-5529 or e-mail auxiliaries@overlakehospital.org.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center with a network of medical clinics throughout the Eastside. The hospital is licensed for 349 beds and offers a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women's programs, senior care, psychiatric services and it was the first Level III trauma service on the Eastside. Overlake also participates in a wide range of community outreach activities including health fairs, free health screening events, wellness classes and wellness publications. For more information, visit www.overlakehospital.org.

Funds raised by Overlake Hospital Foundation and Overlake Auxiliaries support vital patient programs and further Overlake's mission of Medical excellence every day.™ In 2011, Overlake launched a campaign to establish a new Heart & Vascular Center, build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, consolidate Cancer Center services and invest in leading-edge medical technologies and treatments to advance patient care. For more information or to donate, visit www.overlakehospital.org/support.

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Media Contacts

For additional information or to arrange an interview, page our Public Relations Specialist at 425-973-6611, or contact Lee Keller at 206-799-3805 or lee@thekellergroup.com.