Tahoe Forest Health System raises more than $119,000 to benefit Cancer Center | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Forest Health System raises more than $119,000 to benefit Cancer Center

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E.JONES PHOTO/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comThe Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic winning team from left: Mark Redpath, Dr. Steve Thompson, Jeff Hamilton, Dr. Bob Fulmer and Dr. Peter Taylor.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212;Tahoe Forest Health System raised more than $119,000 to benefit Tahoe Forest Cancer Center at its annual Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic charity event (GUMGC). The new Cancer Center is projected to open in 2012. Support for fundraising events like this one assists in gaining awareness for the ongoing need to support local cancer programs.The Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic (www.gu63.org) originated three years ago to provide a new source of funding for pancreatic cancer research through the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research, and to honor the death of sports legend Gene Upshaw who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. Upshaw fought his battle with pancreatic cancer at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, Calif. He was a founding member of The Golf Club at Grayandamp;#8217;s Crossing, where the golf tournament is held each year, and was an avid lover of the Truckee/North Tahoe area and lifestyle.andamp;#8220;We want to thank the community, participants, sponsors and volunteers for making this event another great success. The proceeds directly benefit the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center and various local cancer programs that are focused on both patient and family support,andamp;#8221; said Martha Simon, chief development officer with Tahoe Forest Health System. andamp;#8220;With the help of our partners, especially Tahoe Mountain Club, Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, and numerous NFL players and sports celebrities, we plan to bring the event back every year to our community.andamp;#8221; The Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (TFCC) is a patient-focused program providing the highest quality of care and cancer treatments and therapies, which are administered in a supportive and compassionate manner. The TFCC is also a proud affiliate of the U.C. Davis Cancer Network, an organization that unites five hospital-based cancer centers for the purpose of delivering high quality cancer care in rural settings, benefiting the local community with access to the best cancer research and diagnostic techniques, access to the latest cancer clinical trials, and virtual tumor boards where network sites are linked with telemedicine technology. Tahoe Forest Health System is the only Critical Access Hospital in the far west with a professional affiliation with an NCI-designated hospital system, U.C. Davis. For more information about Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, go to http://www.tahoecancercenter.com. This year, in addition, to a great line-up of NFL player participants, the GUMGC welcomed four-time speed skating World Champion, first to ski 150 mph and Olympic Medalist, Jeff Hamilton and former major league baseball pitcher great, Scott Erickson.Sponsors for this yearandamp;#8217;s event included: Tahoe Mountain Club; The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; The NFL; Professional Athletes Foundation; The Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund; Ray Morgan Company; Barrick North America; Dewey andamp; LeBoeuf, LLP; Clark, Kourtbojian and Associates; Reebok; Northstar-at-Tahoe; Silver Oak; Gatorade; Athletes Performance; Pepsi; Blase Design: Porter Simon; Keenan Associates; Kevin Sheridan; Peppermill; Keane; Geney/Gassiot, Inc.; The W. Rusell and Norma Ramsey Foundation; Old Greenwood Golf Course; The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood; The Sanders Family and Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging.For more information about the TFHS Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic, please contact Simon at msimon@tfhd.com or call 530-582-6329.For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.

Gene Upshaw served as the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) from June 1983 to August 2008, after a successful 16-year career as a player. During that time, Upshaw worked diligently at enhancing, protecting and defending the individual rights of professional football players throughout the National Football League. Upshaw also served as Chairman of National Football League Players Incorporated.A perennial All-Pro offensive guard for the Oakland Raiders, Upshaw was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987, his first year of eligibility. He played in 217 league games and appeared in six Pro Bowls. He was named Lineman of the Year in the AFC in 1973 and 1974. In 1977, he was voted top lineman in the NFL, and runner-up for that honor in 1980. Upshaw is the only player in NFL history to play in three Super Bowls in three different decades andamp;#8212; in the 60s, 70s and 80s.