In Memoriam

October 19, 2018
 

NorthBay Healthcare Foundation lost two of its board members to cancer, resulting in a huge loss for their families, for NorthBay Healthcare and the entire community, said Brett Johnson, NorthBay Foundation Board president.

Wendy Wasserman-Kellogg passed away Thursday, Sept. 27 at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital after a nearly five-year battle with breast cancer. 

Adam Burke was diagnosed in January with lung cancer and passed away Monday, Oct. 8, also at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.

"Both of these incredible individuals worked tirelessly to elevate the image and reputation of NorthBay Healthcare at many public fundraising events," said Brett. "They were unique individuals with hearts of gold who embraced our mission of making a difference for those around us." Adam Burke and Wendy Wasserman

Wendy was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and then suffered a recurrence in 2016.

She was the first NorthBay patient whose case was reviewed by Mayo Clinic experts, after NorthBay Healthcare became a member in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. She shared her story in the Fall 2016 issue of Wellspring.

Wendy joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2016, bringing enthusiasm, community connections and a willingness to participate and promote programs and events.

She became one of the first members to join NorthBay's Patient and Family Advisory Council, sharing her patient experience with those who could effect positive changes in specialty and hospital care.

She was well known in Vacaville, where her family owns and continues to operate Wasserman Travel on Merchant Street. She and her husband Jim Kellogg were honored as Vacaville Fiesta Days Parade grand marshals in 2013. In 2014 she was presented with the Christine Franklin Award by NorthBay Healthcare for her exemplary advocacy and support of women's health issues in Solano County.

Adam was an extremely talented artist-animator and coveted creative genius for Pixar. He came to NorthBay in 2015 because he wanted to help others in his community and beyond.

He quickly contributed to the success of the Wine & Food Jubilee and other philanthropic endeavors of the Foundation, said Brett.

His wife, Kim, has also been generous with NorthBay, serving as a Guild volunteer.

Adam and his family were deeply moved when the foundation organized "The Burke's Christmas in September," inviting a few hundred people to stop by the family's Fairfield home and share their love with Adam. Although it was 90-plus degrees that day, many guests wore Christmas sweaters and Santa hats, sharing cheer through the tears.

"We have been honored to work with both Wendy and Adam, and our hearts go out to their family and friends, and all of us who feel the loss," said Brett. "They will not be forgotten."

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