Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp presented a check to Amador STARS, a local nonprofit organization.

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp presented a check to Amador STARS, a local nonprofit organization.

Story by Deborah Brady, Youth Correctional Counselor
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp recently held a fundraiser to benefit Amador STARS, a local nonprofit organization.

Amador STARS, which stands for Support, Transportation, and Resource Services, is a vital part of the support system for cancer patients in Amador County.

They have numerous volunteers who donate many hours to the organization, making it possible for them to provide assistance to cancer patients throughout Amador County.

Chemotherapy patients are able to get advice on where to buy wigs and how to take care of them. STARS offers free wigs to those in need as well as scarves and head wraps.

STARS also coordinates free transportation to cancer patients who need rides to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They transport patients to Sacramento, Stockton, Lodi and throughout Amador County to attend these appointments.

All money raised by STARS stays in Amador County for local cancer needs, except for a small portion donated to cancer research.

Youth Correctional Counselor Deborah Brady and three firefighters delivered a check for $1,000 to the organization.

They were very grateful for our donation, and expressed sincere appreciation for our thoughtfulness. Dick Robinson, a STARS board member, and Liz Powers, office manager, accepted the donation.

Pine Grove Camp has also provided community service to STARS by cleaning the local fairgrounds after the walk to fight cancer each year, one of their major fundraising events. Unfortunately, this year the Camp-Out for Cancer had to be cancelled due to the local Butte Fire. This was a major loss for their organization, so getting donations is even more important.