The Heat and the Central Valley community are “Fired Up for Finding a Cure” as Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center on Saturday, November 4, with the team wearing special lavender themed jerseys for the first time in Stockton Hockey history, helping to raise awareness and funds for all forms of cancer, along with giving out jerseys to both kids and adults before the contest!
We’ll be working to raise money for St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute who are looking to purchase a new, state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator machine, a machine that delivers a highly focused, intense dose of radiation to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroy cancer cells, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs and sparing healthy tissues. Most treatments are done in short outpatient visits of 30 minutes to one hour, requiring no hospitalization.
The new linear accelerator will allow for higher doses of radiation, given in less time and with less impact on healthy tissue. That means shorter treatments for patients. For some patients, treatment regimens could be reduced from five to seven weeks to one to three days, and daily treatment times reduced from 20-30 minutes to as little as ten minutes.
The costs to purchase a new linear accelerator are considerable between $3-5 million which also includes construction costs. St. Joseph’s Foundation is committed to raise $2 million over two years.