STARS has a local office with a caring staff to answer questions about local and regional
services available to cancer patients and survivors -- from where to find a wig when they are going through
chemotherapy, to what support is available locally for patients and survivors. STARS also oversees
cancer patient transportation providing FREE rides to radiation and chemotherapy treatments in San Joaquin, Sacramento, El Dorado, Calaveras and Amador Counties. STARS has been instrumental in the return of full-time oncology services
to Amador County.
On average, 40 patients per month use our free transportation to get to radiation and chemotherapy treatments or other cancer-related appointments. Many of our patients have no other way to get to critical care appointments. They depend solely on STARS.
For 17 years, Amador STARS has served a vital and ever-expanding role in our rural community. While all our drivers and board members are volunteers, it takes funds to maintain the 9 vehicles we have in service (gas, maintenance, registration, insurance) and 100% of our funding comes from donations, large and small.
Like many nonprofits, STARS has been severely impacted by the pandemic -- more than half of our wonderful volunteer drivers have had to step back from driving due to Covid restrictions. Both our major fundraisers, Bunco for Breast Cancer and Band Against Cancer, had to be canceled for this year. Every dollar we raise helps give another cancer patient peace of mind that they can get to their treatments free of charge. It's one less thing to worry about when there's so much on their plate.
STARS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your donations and are fully tax deductible (Tax ID 26-3116659). All money raised by STARS stays in Amador County for local cancer needs, except for a portion that is donated to cancer research. NOTE: The 2020 CARES Act allows you to deduct up to $300 in charitable monetary donations on your 2020 tax return, even if you don't itemize your deductions.
STARS is proud to help meet local cancer needs AND assist in the search for a cure. We appreciate your support!
a message from our volunteer director
2004 - Local cancer activists form Amador STARS to raise funds for local cancer needs
2004 - STARS purchases first van for free patient transportation and has since expanded to 6 vans
2009 - STARS receives 501(c)3 non-profit status
2011 - STARS board expands
2012 - STARS reaches $1,000,000 in fundraising
2013 - STARS celebrates 10th Anniversary
2014 - STARS moves to 60D Ridge Road in Sutter Creek
2015 - Todd Peterson joins the Board
2016 - Gia Anderson and Elaine Struffenegger join the Board