Pictured left to right: David Beasar, The Office Cantina; Mary Mallory, YRMC Foundation Board; Joe Terrinoni, Fork in the Road; Dr. LaNette Smith, YRMC Breast Surgeon; Bill Sonsin, YRMC Foundation Board Secretary/Treasurer; Wendy Price, Fork in the Road; Dave Barrett, YRMC Foundation Board Chair; Krystal Burge, Desert De Oro Foods; Chad Burge, Desert De Oro Foods.
Members of Desert De Oro Foods, Inc. and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation, a member of Dignity Health, met recently to celebrate the success of this year’s “Boot Out Cancer” fundraising program to benefit the Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC).
Krystal Burge, co-owner of Fork in the Road Restaurants, presented a check in the amount of $27,695 to Dave Barrett, Chair of the YRMC Foundation and YRMC breast surgeon Dr. LaNette Smith in support of the Center.
Boot Out Cancer is an annual fundraiser held by Desert De Oro’s Fork in the Road restaurants including the Gurley St. Grill, Murphy’s and The Office Cantina during October to raise funds for YRMC patients with needs related to breast cancer. The tradition started 14 years ago to honor Sonya Peterson, Mark Peterson and Krystal Burge’s mother, who bravely fought a 20-year battle with breast cancer. Mark and Krystal wanted to help our communities where others may need support, and they match all funds raised at 100%.
The Boot Out Cancer program has raised more than $125,000 in charitable support for the Breast Care Center.
“We thank our employees and guests at all of our restaurants who support this journey with their donations each October in memory of our mother. We hope this tradition has improved the quality of lives of those who have been affected by breast cancer,” says Ms. Burge.
Funds donated to the Breast Care Center are used to provide screening mammograms for those without insurance, essential health support for breast cancer patients including food cards, transportation vouchers and wigs, as well as continuing staff education. They also help ensure the Center has the latest technology, including the recent purchase of ultrasound units designed specifically for breast imaging.