After courageous battles with cancer, two North- Bay Healthcare Foundation Board members passed away this fall, a huge loss for their families, NorthBay Healthcare and the entire community, said Brett Johnson, NorthBay Foundation Board president.
Wendy Wasserman-Kellogg died Thursday, Sept. 27 at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital after a nearly five-year battle with breast cancer.
Adam Burke was diagnosed in January with lung cancer and died Monday, Oct. 8, also at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.
“Both of these incredible individuals worked tirelessly to elevate the image and reputation of North- Bay Healthcare at many public fundraising events,” said Brett. “They were unique individuals with hearts of gold who embraced our mission of making a difference for those around us.”
Wendy was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and then suffered a recurrence in 2016. She was the first NorthBay patient whose case was reviewed by Mayo Clinic experts, after NorthBay Healthcare became a member in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. She shared her story in the Fall 2016 issue of Wellspring.
Wendy joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2016, bringing enthusiasm, community connections and a willingness to participate and promote programs and events. She became one of the first members to join NorthBay’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, sharing her patient experience with those who could effect positive changes in specialty and hospital care.
Adam was an extremely talented artist-animator and coveted creative genius for Pixar. He came to NorthBay in 2015 because he wanted to help others in his community and beyond.
He quickly contributed to the success of the Wine & Food Jubilee and other philanthropic endeavors of the Foundation, said Brett.
“We have been honored to work with both Wendy and Adam, and our hearts go out to their family and friends, and all of us who feel the loss,” said Brett.
“They will not be forgotten.”