Written by lorea
January 18, 2011

Robin Baggett and Michelle Fields of Alpha Omega winery both lost their mothers early to cancer. Michelle’s family has been stricken multiple times by this insidious disease. In memory of the loss of Michelle’s aunt and the stomach diseases which were incapacitating her mother during her battle against harsh chemotherapy treatments, Robin and Michelle have chosen to name stomach cancer as the area of research to be funded with a grant in their honor. “Until the V Wine Celebration, we were unaware of an organization which gives 100% of its fundraising money to Cancer Research. I have a niece who was diagnosed with Brain Cancer at the tender age of 6. Because of various research programs, she is in remission and is a vibrant cancer survivor of 36 years” said Michelle Fields. Robin’s sentiments are the same, “Michelle and I are emotionally tied to this cause, and have pledged our continued support of the V Foundation for cancer research.” We would also like to pay tribute to someone who was very important in the lives of many in Napa Valley, Jerry Stark, the former Meadowood Resort Croquet Pro, and honored member of the United States Croquet Association Hall of Fame. Jerry fought a short, fierce and fatal battle with stomach cancer in 2010. Jerry’s emails to the Meadowood members during his treatments allowed us to walk through this difficult journey with him and draw inspiration from his strength. To quote Jerry during his last few months alive, “I am still positive and fighting!!!”. Michelle and Robin vow to fight for all of those battling cancer and pledge to “NEVER GIVE UP”.

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