Tickled PINK By Firefighters’ Donation

A team from Vacaville Firefighters Association Local 3501 stopped by the NorthBay Cancer Center Wednesday to drop off a check for $6,370, funds they raised during the Passionately Pink for a Cure fundraiser at Pietro's No. 1 in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

NorthBay Cancer Center staff, physicians and senior leadership, including NorthBay Healthcare President and CEO Konard Jones and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation President Brett Johnson, greeted the envoy, which included a fire truck, an ambulance and seven firefighters.

There was even time for a push-up challenge between oncologist J.D. Lopez, M.D., and firefighter Luke Iott.

After the check was presented, firefighters took time to tour the third-floor infusion wing and visit with cancer patients, some of whom asked for photos and selfies with the team.

They also chatted with oncologist Brian Vikstrom, M.D., about the life-saving work that's done every day at the cancer center.

"We're just proud that we can contribute to an organization that's providing local care to our community," said Luke.

"We're very pleased to have the support," said Lori Muir, director of Oncology Services. "This goes a long way in helping our patients, some with very basic needs such as transportation or child care, while they receive infusion treatments."