A motorcycle group composed of staff members from St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake and Napa Valley recently raised $1,000 for the Food of Love program, a community service partnership benefiting patients of the hospital's Martin O'Neil Cancer Center.
More than 50 people participated in the fundraising event, which included a 160-mile ride from Clearlake to Shelter Cove.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for us to enjoy fellowship, and raise money for a great cause to benefit people in our own community,” said Emergency Department Director Claudia Helmes. “We started small last year and raised $385, and we vowed to double that this year. Next year, our goal is to triple the amount, and we're already planning a great event for anybody who has wheels and wants to join us.”
Since its inception in 2010, Food of Love has prepared and served hundreds of meals for cancer patients. Each Tuesday, a team of teen volunteers from Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center meets with Chef Amy Cohen at A&A Kitchen, a commercial kitchen in St. Helena, to prepare the meals for pickup the next day. Designed especially to meet the nutritional needs of cancer patients, the meals are often customized for specific patients' needs and preferences.