Dreambuilders Helps Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care

Dreambuilders 2021 was filled with heartfelt compassion and relentless commitment from donors who generously support our work.

“With gratitude to our health care providers who have worked so hard during the pandemic, we are happy to make a special gift to Dreambuilders,” say donors Bruce and Camille Winter.

The Winters were two of many generous donors who helped this year’s event raise more than $945,000 for the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute.

The evening highlighted stories of Virginia Mason Medical Center patients, their providers and how philanthropy fuels research and care. One patient was Christine, who was referred to Virginia Mason Medical Center when she was having trouble breathing. There she met Dr. Yunhee Im, an expert in pulmonology. When scans showed a nodule on the lower left portion of Christine’s lung, Dr. Im recommended consulting Dr. Michal Hubka, a thoracic surgeon, who ultimately removed the nodule. Her surgery went well and she went home the next day.

“Six weeks later, I was back playing tennis,” she says. “I’d just like to thank everyone for their kindness, their professionalism and for their care.”

Dreambuilders’ program also highlighted Virginia Mason Medical Center’s patient-centered approach combined with access to the latest technology, enabling them to provide the best possible care for each patient’s unique needs.

“Robotic surgery is the latest iteration of minimally invasive approaches. Many patients recover without the need for narcotics through a combination of minimally invasive techniques and non-narcotic pain therapies,” says Dr. Hubka. “We believe that it’s important to celebrate the courage of our patients who have come to see us and trust us with their care. People’s strength through their cancer is extremely inspiring.”

Throughout the evening, donors bid on a variety of auction items including tickets to a Seattle Kraken hockey game, an experience at 5th Avenue Theatre to see Beauty and the Beast, round trip flights on United and Alaska Airlines and fine dining packages from Herbfarm and Fire and Vine Hospitality group.

Proceeds from the event will support research and help Virginia Mason continue to provide expert, compassionate and patient-centered cancer care.

“It is indeed a privilege for us to be at our patients’ side during their most vulnerable moments of illness. As a health care system, we remain committed to meeting each patient's needs, keeping patients at the center of everything we do,” says Virginia Mason Franciscan Health CEO Gary Kaplan, MD. “We are truly grateful for our donors who support our philosophy of care.”

To make a gift to Virginia Mason’s cancer program, visit: vmdreambuilders.org

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