The countdown is on for the final days of the 2014 TMC Mega Raffle!

TMC logo 2014Midnight on Thursday, April 3 is the last day to purchase tickets to be eligible for more than 2800 incredible prizes, including 14 vacation packages, 12 cars and two grand prizes with big cash options.

While we can all hardly wait to find out who the big winners will be, most importantly, the biggest winner will be the patients at TMC. Net dollars from the raffle will directly support programs and services that impact patient care.

If you haven’t done so already, remember to purchase a ticket; and if you have, thank you for your help in enhancing patient care and helping TMC create a community of winners.

For more information about the TMC Mega Raffle, or to purchase tickets, please click here.  Good luck!

Saddle up for the 16th annual Rock ‘N Rodeo: March 16

Squeeze into your tightest wranglers, and dust off your cowboy boots! 

Excitement is building for the 16th annual Desert Toyota of Tucson Rock ‘N Rodeo on Saturday, March 16, at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa.  “People who come to Rock ‘N Rodeo always say that the evening is the most fun they’ve had in a long time.  It’s no doubt a fun party, but the atmosphere is relaxed, so people can really just let loose and have a good time in casual western wear.  There’s the fabulous food and beautiful decorations you’d expect, but it’s a little different because you can wear jeans and cowboy boots,” said Mary Steele, TMC Hospice Director.

Forget sitting at a table most of the night.  There’s a silent auction, casino tables, and even line dancing to get you moving.

RNR CommitteeThis year’s event will honor Brent Berge and Jerry Cannella from Desert Toyota, the company that has sponsored Rock ‘N Rodeo for the past 16 years.  TMC Hospice is a priceless part of the Tucson community and Berge and Cannella have truly had an impact on it.

Proceeds support emergency funds to cover services to families in need and complementary therapies often not covered by insurance that improve the quality of life for those facing long term medical needs.  “Events like Rock ‘N Rodeo allow us to continue to offer our patients massage therapy, music therapy, pet therapy and aromatherapy.  We want to do everything we can to make patients comfortable,” said Steele. 

That kindness is also extended to the families.  Steele said, “When a patient passes away, we light a candle while the family is waiting for the mortuary or doctor.  It’s a way for them to focus their vision, and help ground them.”

The Desert Toyota of Tucson Rock ‘N Rodeo has become a highly-anticipated tradition in which memories are made.  “It’s always great to see familiar faces having a good time year after year,” said Steele.  An estimated 500 people are expected this year.  Tickets are still available.

TMC and Canyon Ranch Institute will co-sponsor Screening of “Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis”

On Oct. 4, Canyon Ranch Institute and Tucson Medical Center will co-sponsor the Tucson screening of an important new documentary developed by the Institute of Medicine and HBO in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health: “The Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis.” The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Fox Theatre.

The event will raise funds for Grow 2B Fit, a non-profit organization that provides information, support, and education to help families live healthier and happier lives. Specifically, the funds will go toward renovating the teaching kitchen at Tucson’s Apollo Middle School.

“As many people know, the obesity problem is reaching into the next generation. This screening will be informational and is also going to catalyze important funding for Apollo Middle School in Sunnyside School District,” explains Jennifer Cabe, Executive Director for Canyon Ranch Institute.

For ten years, Canyon Ranch Institute has collaborated with partners to educate, inspire, and empower people to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. Looking ahead to the next decade, they plan to expand their mission-driven programs. One CRI focus area is Southern Arizona.

The host of the event will be Tucson pediatrician, Dr. Jessica Schultz, who is also the founder of Grow 2B Fit. In addition to the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring nutrition and exercise experts. Tickets will be sold at the door. If you wish to donate directly to Grow 2B Fit, please visit their website at


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