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Saturday’s Live Auction of Quilted Artworks to Benefit Breast Cancer Services

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Fifty exquisite, handmade quilts will be up for the highest bid during the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, 2800 L St. Meanwhile, silent bids for about 450 other fabric works of art hanging on the hospital campus will continue Saturday morning until bidding is closed at 1 p.m.

Each of the quilts is a work of art created specially for the auction, which supports breast cancer services at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. None of them is just tied; they are all quilted by artisans in the Sacramento region and across the nation.

The quilts, which make unique holiday gifts, range in size from little over a foot, such as “Spirit,” to giant size, such as the 8-foot tapestry, “Around Town.” Patterns range from traditional block designs to intricate art pieces depicting animals, flowers, landscapes and even city scenes. There are quilts for children with Disney and other kid-friendly themes, and some with a breast cancer theme, including one, “Eenie Meenie,” made from unused bikini tops from a bathing suit manufacturer. A number have Christmas or winter themes. All of them, however, were made with the breast cancer auction in mind, with most of them created in remembrance of a family member or friend who either survived or succumbed to the disease. Read More

Golf Strokes Help Stroke Patients at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Georgia Kaiser, left, and Dorothy Woodstrom, right, take chip shots with oversized clubs and tennis balls at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute Monday, Oct. 9, during the “Saving Strokes” event.

ROSEVILLE – Dorothy Woodstrom of Carmichael used to play “all the time with the gals” at Haggin Oaks golf course when she was in her 20s but hadn’t played in years. On Monday, Oct. 9, the 88-year-old got back into the swing of things, but this time as rehabilitation therapy after suffering a stroke.

Another experienced golfer, Phyllis Stewart, hits the target with Joe Storbakken of Haggin Oaks assisting.

Dorothy was one of a handful of stroke survivors who took their shots with tennis balls at targets during a “Saving Strokes Golf Fore Health” event at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, where she is currently a patient.

“The benefits for those who had strokes include balance, standing, hand-eye coordination,” said Bonnie Jenkins-Close, a Sutter Rehabilitation Institute physical therapist who has been organizing golf therapy for stroke and other rehabbing patients for more than 15 years. “And for those who previously played golf, it shows them what they are capable of doing.” Read More

Sutter Facility Blanketed in Quilts for Popular Breast Cancer Auction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Sacramento Medical Building Turned Into ‘Art Gallery’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A small art quilt depicting the Sacramento River and Tower Bridge is in the center of a display inside the new Women’s and Children’s Center on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

SACRAMENTO — The public can tour an unusual art gallery during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center and other Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento facilities are covered with about 500 fabric artworks for the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction.

Bids are being accepted now for most of the quilts, and the silent auction and showcase will conclude with the live, public auctioning of the best 50 pieces beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The public can tour and bid on the quilts from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day until then.

Each of the quilts is a fabric work of art that was created specially for the quilt auction, which supports breast cancer services at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. None of them is just tied; they are all quilted by artisans in the Sacramento region and across the nation.

These colorful, larger quilts are hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

The quilts range in size from little over a foot, such as “Spirit,” to giant size, such as the 8-foot tapestry, “Around Town.” Patterns range from traditional block designs to intricate art pieces depicting animals, flowers, landscapes and even city scenes. There are quilts for children with Disney and other kid-friendly themes, and some with a breast cancer theme, including one, “Eenie Meenie,” made from unused bikini tops from a bathing suit manufacturer. A number have Christmas or winter themes, as the quilts make unique holiday gifts. All of them, however, were made with the breast cancer auction in mind, with most of them created in remembrance of a family member or friend who either survived or succumbed to the disease. Read More

Woodshop Pioneer Hand-Makes Guitar for Rock-Star Doctor Who Saved His Life

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Woodshop teacher Duane Calkins, who pioneered a class that makes electric guitars, presented David Yee, M.D., MPH, of Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a handmade guitar for saving his life from prostate cancer.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Duane Calkins revived middle-school woodshop by teaching students how to make electric guitars. Earlier this year, after the Roseville teacher was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Sutter Roseville Medical Center urologist and cancer surgeon David Yee, M.D., MPH, used another high-tech, souped-up instrument to save Calkins’ life.

Calkins started teaching his Woodshop Rocks class at Buljan Middle School a dozen years ago, and his students have since made more than 5,000 guitars, making his class the largest manufacturer of guitars in Northern California. Not bad for an industrial-arts course that was dying because students weren’t interested in making cutting boards and birdhouses anymore. Calkins has since taught dozens of other woodshop instructors around the nation to teach guitar-building, reviving this nearly lost art.

Late in 2016, though, Calkins’ life hit a sour chord; he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of prostate cancer. Like a virtuoso, David Yee, M.D., earlier this year used the da Vinci robotic surgical instrument at Sutter Roseville Medical Center to remove his prostate, and Calkins went from having Stage 3 prostate cancer to being cancer-free today.

To say thank you, Calkins hand-made a special, paisley-imprinted guitar that he presented Monday, Sept. 25, to Dr. Yee for saving his life. Dr. Yee brought some of the da Vinci “arms” to explain to Calkins and students how the robot assisted him to create a surgical masterpiece that is minimally invasive and gets patients back to doing what they love much quicker. That meant that, in getting to teach his students to make guitars, Calkins barely missed a beat.

Bracelet Sales Kick-Off Features Sutter Roseville Breast Cancer Experts

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Click to enlarge flyer.

ROSEVILLE – Brighton Collectibles, an upscale accessories manufacturer and retailer, is partnering with Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation to donate $10 from every sale of this year’s exclusive “Power of Pink” bracelets at its Roseville Galleria location in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

To kick off the sale and unveil this year’s bracelets, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and continental breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Brighton store inside the Roseville Galleria. The store is located in the center of the mall, near JC Penney.

Speakers at the event will be:

  • Sutter Medical Foundation Diagnostic Radiologist Charles McDonnell III, M.D.;
  • Sutter Roseville Cancer Risk Coordinator Kim VanYsseldyk, FNP;
  • And a local breast cancer survivor.

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