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“Wendy’s compassion lives on in your donation.”
-Dr. James Lew, Wendy Baker’s husband of 27 years
Touched by Wendy Baker and the many teachers, mothers, aunts and friends they’ve known with breast cancer, Dr. Minerva Perez, her son Sebastian Perez and “Wendy’s Warriors” at Everett Alvarez High School’s Interact Club raised awareness for breast cancer and funds for the Wendy Baker RN Memorial Fund at Natividad Foundation throughout the month of October.
Wendy Baker served the community as a registered nurse for 30 years, both at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Natividad, where she met her husband of 27 years, Dr. James Lew. After losing her battle with breast cancer in 2015, The Wendy Baker RN Memorial Fund was founded in her honor.
“We’re honoring Wendy, and we’re fighting the fight,” said Jodie Kaminiskis, the teacher adviser to the student-led Interact Club.
Students sold pink painted pumpkins, “Wendy’s Warriors” buttons, t-shirts, and pink orchids generously donated by Matsui Nursery at our Wendy Baker Day held October 20.
The students also raised breast cancer awareness through class presentations at Everett Alvarez High School, Salinas Rotaries and the Hope football game on October 27 at the school.
On December 6, Natividad Foundation hosted a pizza party and tours for the club, and the students presented a check for $17,650 to the Wendy Baker RN Memorial Fund. The club has raised more than $39,000 for the fund over the last three years.
Sebastian Perez, along with sister Anastasia, friend Tyler Robertson, and mom Dr. Minerva Perez (Chair of Natividad Foundation, Family Medicine Physician, Natividad Medical Group) have raised more than $3,500 for the Wendy Baker RN Memorial Fund since 2015. Sebastian,13, is an active member of our community and coordinates the annual fundraising bake sale.
“We are honored to lead the Wendy Baker RN Memorial Fund and watch and mentor these amazing students as they work to inspire, heal and educate our community,” said Linda Ford, President and CEO of Natividad Foundation. “They are changing and saving lives.”
All gifts are tax-deductible. Natividad Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Our Tax ID Number is 77-0194989. For Gifts of Securities, Matching Gifts and In-Kind Donations, please contact us. Gifts can be made anonymously at your request. You can:
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Send check payable to: Natividad Foundation, P.O. Box 4427, Salinas, CA 93912