Members of the NorthBay Health Cancer Center and NorthBay Health Foundation join Vacaville firefighters and Beth Layne of Layne Family Wineries during a check presentation made possible by October fundraising events.

Donations Lead to New Tool to Detect Cancer

This spring, a new diagnostic ultrasound device arrived at NorthBay Health that will help in the quick detection of tumors in the neck and thyroid.

It came, courtesy of numerous public donations to NorthBay Health Foundation and the NorthBay Cancer Center, including two high-profile gifts made just before the holidays.

The first — a check for $8,000 — arrived via firetruck when Vacaville Firefighters Association representatives came to share the proceeds from their Passionately Pink for a Cure fundraiser that had taken place in October.

The Vacaville Firefighters Association started its Passionately Pink fundraiser in 2011, pausing only for the pandemic. In 2022 it returned to Pietro’s No. 1 in Vacaville, where firefighters dressed in special pink T-shirts, served pizza and pasta to customers.

“It’s really special to see how the community turns out to support us in our fundraising effort, and now we have the opportunity to show them how their donations are at work. Soon those donations will be making a difference in the lives of cancer patients.”
Frank Lee, firefighter and fundraising coordinator

The second gift, presented moments later by Beth Layne of Layne Family Wineries, a was check for $7,000, with $3,000 from money raised during an October fundraiser, and another $4,000 donated by Beth and her husband, Rob.

The Layne Family Winery has been offering a special rosé in the month of October for several years now, each year donating all the proceeds to the NorthBay Health Cancer Center.

“It’s exciting, because this money to purchase a diagnostic ultrasound device will start to make an impact immediately in the lives of people who live in Solano County,” said Paul McGinty, President of NorthBay Health Foundation.

Oncology specialist James Long, M.D., explained that the Cancer Center decided to collaborate with the ENT team in the purchase, knowing it would speed up diagnosis and treatment for patients who previously had to head to the hospital for diagnostic procedures.

Ear, Nose & Throat specialist Cassandra Puccinelli, M.D., said the state-of-the-art equipment will help with image guidance for biopsies and speed up her ability to create a treatment plan for cancerous and noncancerous masses in the neck.

“It makes quite a difference, and we greatly appreciate the donations,” said Dr. Long.

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