Tree Gala Huge Success

Last month, hundreds of Middle Peninsula residents, business leaders, philanthropists and sponsors came together to support the 2017 Riverside Tree of Lights Gala, which raised more than $44,000 to benefit cancer patients on the Middle Peninsula. The event was held on December 2 at the Abingdon Ruritan Club, and the 7th Annual Riverside Tree of Lights Gala proceeds eclipsed 2016 totals by far. Donations collected benefit the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Make a Difference Fund, specifically earmarked to support cancer patients on the Middle Peninsula access therapeutic and support services not always covered by insurance, including massage therapy, nutrition counseling, music therapy and more.

In 2015 alone on the Middle Peninsula, the state reported 404 new cases of cancer. That same year, Riverside treated 317 new cases of cancer more than 78 percent of patients diagnosed in that year. Over the last six years Riverside has hosted the Tree of Lights Gala, proceeds from the event have supported funding new family care facilities, a healing garden for cancer patients and helping cover transportation and medication costs for those who cannot afford it. The Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Make a Difference Fund remains open for donations. To learn more, visit

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