Our Mission

Summit Cancer Foundation was founded for the purpose of providing community education, patient care services, and supporting cancer research initiatives that benefit patients and their families in the Inland Empire. The foundation seeks to improve healthcare in the Inland Northwest by improving resources for cancer patients and creating better access to multidisciplinary cancer care.

Foundation Approach

Summit Cancer Foundation focuses on a three-pronged approach: Education, Research, and Support. Our efforts have already shown great responses from the community:


Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness is an example of a free
one-day conference, that we held for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, families and
healthcare professionals. In it’s first year (2017) we had over 100 attendees at this single event. We
plan on holding multiple events each year.


This includes help with medication co-pays, alternative treatments,
meals, transportation, house cleaning, childcare, medical equipment and other services not
covered by insurance. This is a CRITICAL need for many patients and their families.


Henry’s House is a local residence on the North Side that provides FREE lodging for
patients and their families during the treatment process. Their belief is that no cancer patient
should have to pay for lodging in order to receive treatment that could save their life. We have set
up Fiscal Sponsorship with Henry’s House and are already housing patients.

Meet Our Board

Besse Bailey, Mountain West Bank
Senior VP Commercial Lending Manager
Besse Bailey a long time area resident, born in Coeur d’ Alene, ID and currently living in Spokane. She is a graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of administration degree in Finance, and a recent graduate from Pacific Coast Banking School. Besse has been in Commercial lending since 2005, and has worked for Mountain West Bank since 2007. Currently she is a Senior Vice President and manager of the Spokane commercial lending center. She enjoys volunteering in her community, the outdoors and spending time with her husband and children.

Dr. Arvind Chaudhry, Summit Cancer Centers Director
Dr. Arvind Chaudhry is board certified in Internal
Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is also the Director of Summit Cancer Centers. Dr. Chaudhry received his cancer training at the National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where he completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Chaudhry also completed a PhD program and doctoral thesis in cancer research at Uppsala University, Uppsala,
Sweden. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Health Sciences Center, Syracuse, N.Y.
Dr. Jennie Crews , Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Medical Director SCCA Community Sites
Dr. Crews has over 20 years of experience in oncology in academic, private practice and hospital-based settings. She is the Medical Director for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Network and Administrative and Medical Director for the SCCA Community Sites. She holds an appointment of Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University
of Washington. Previously, she was the Medical Director for Cancer Services at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
and for the PeaceHealth Northwest Network and the Medical Director of the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center in
Washington, NC.



John Driscoll, Summit Cancer Centers
Business Development Officer
John Driscoll M.S. has over 25 years experience in healthcare policy and planning, administration, and business development. During his career, he has been a senior executive for managed care organizations, non-profit healthcare access programs, and has extensive experience in provider networks and contracting. Mr. Driscoll has worked with a multitude of physicians and clinics in practice development, physician recruiting and business operations. Mr. Driscoll is a former Washington State Representative and served as Vice Chair of the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee.  He sponsored key legislation including an appropriation to expand primary care residencies in Spokane, elimination of pre-existing condition for organ transplants, and expanded protection for healthcare providers from unfair insurance company practices.
Stacey Henry, Pearson Inc.
Director of Strategic Sourcing Operations
Stacey has worked for Pearson for 13 years as a Supervising Editor and Process specialist. She accepted her current role as Director of Strategic Sourcing Operations in 2017. Stacey holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education and certifications in Lean Six Sigma.  Prior to her tenure with Pearson, she was a middle school educator for twelve years in MA and CT public schools.  Stacey is the Patient / Caregiver Advocate on the Board and also oversees Henry’s House, a free lodging option for patients who travel to Spokane for treatment.  Her husband, Lee Henry, waged a 5-year battle with cancer, before passing away in January 2018.


Dr. Raymond Lance, Spokane Urology
Urologic Oncology
Dr. Lance is a fellowship trained urologic oncologist who is passionate about taking care of people and helping them improve their health through personalized medicine. Dr. Lance completed his undergraduate education at the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and attained his medical degree in 1991 at Edward Hebert School of Medicine. He completed his Internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and later Completed his urology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington. He fellowship was at the University of Texas, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.  Following his U.S. Army service obligation joined the Eastern Virginia Medical School/Urology of Virginia.  There he accomplished the academic rank of Full Professor of Surgery / Urology.
Dan Mathews, Brand It Advertising
Dan is the owner of Brand It Advertising.  He has worked in advertising for more that 25 years and has owned advertising agencies for more than 18 of those years. Dan’s expertise spans every industry and business category. He has worked with hundreds of clients, from non-profits, manufacturers and health care providers, to tribal enterprises, financial institutions, and many more.

Matt Michels, Fruci & Associates
Matt is a principal at Fruci & Associates CPA’s.   He has over 19 years of experience working with non-profits, healthcare, and small businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest.   Matt develops accounting systems and controls for management, provides software and accounting seminars and works with his clientele on strategic planning, business valuations, and succession planning. 
Dr. Peter Weitzman, Providence Holy Family Hospital
Practice Group Leader - TeamHealth NW Region
Peter Weitzman MD,FACP practices Internal Medicine in Spokane, WA.  Dr. Weitzman is currently the Practice Group Leader for the TeamHealth NW Region at  Providence Holy Family Hospital and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Weitzman moved to Spokane with his wife in 1993 after receiving his MD degree from UCLA School of Medicine and completing four years of training in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He is the past president of the Spokane Society of Internal Medicine and serves as Medical Director of the Providence Anticoagulation and Pharmacotherapy clinics.