Redmond Regional Medical Center’s employees are giving back to the community by providing financial support for Summit Quest, a local non-profit organization. Led by Executive Director William James, Summit Quest supports children and families affected by cancer. Redmond recently raised a total of over $7,600 to benefit the work of Summit Quest and the children they serve. Redmond Oncology Service Line Director, Ann Hook, coordinated a formal presentation of checks at a gathering of Redmond employees, Summit Quest Board Members, and representatives from community oncology services partners. Summit Quest Executive Director, William James was on hand to accept the checks. Two annual fundraising team leaders at Redmond, Sarah Hardaker and Derkis Graham, made special individual presentations.

Sarah Hardaker, Physical Therapist and Clinical Coordinator of Acute Care Therapy Services at Redmond, started the annual cake auction as a creative way to raise awareness and funds for cancer services. By hosting the cake auction just prior to Easter weekend, the event is a way to provide dessert for a holiday meal while supporting a great cause. Employees representing departments from around the hospital donate homemade cakes, pies, and other desserts for the auction. Her enthusiastic leadership generates not only a large supply of donated desserts, but also eager and enthusiastic bidders. This year’s Redmond cake auction raised over $1,500 for Summit Quest.

Derkis Graham, Emergency Room Tech, also has a passion for supporting families affected by cancer. Graham coordinates an annual flag football tournament in memory of his late friend and former Redmond employee, Jeremy Wallin. Graham’s efforts are driven by his passion for honoring his friend’s memory and for making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. This year, Graham and his committee elected Summit Quest as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts. Through Graham’s leadership and the support of his co-workers in Redmond’s Emergency Room and EMS, this year’s tournament raised over $1,100 to support the work of Summit Quest.

“The culture of Redmond is one of caring and giving,” said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond. “For our employees to take it upon themselves to fundraise for such a worthy cause as Summit Quest is certainly no surprise. I am proud to work with a team of individuals who have a heart for supporting the great work going on in our community every day.”

Just during the first six months of 2016, Summit Quest has had 327 total participants in their programs and has served 103 families. The mission of Summit Quest is to provide strength, hope, and service to children and families affected by cancer. The funds donated by Redmond will directly benefit the many programs of Summit Quest including Outdoor Adventures and Acts of Kindness. Ann Hook, Redmond Oncology Service Line Director conveyed the impact of the Summit Quest programs. “Redmond Regional Medical Center and Redmond’s Oncology team believe in the mission of Summit Quest and have seen value in this organization for our patients and their families,” said Hook. “Through each referral, the children impacted by a cancer diagnosis in the family are introduced to fun, adventure, support, and education. This family interaction with Summit Quest seems to offer hope and support to the person facing cancer, and as a result, the entire family experiences healing. It is amazing to witness! This is a needed service in our community. We are proud to be a small part.”