Mission Hope salutes these organizations who contribute so much to the vision of the Marian Cancer Care program. Community members are invited to participate in these worthy endeavors; many thanks to those who have generously supported them in the past.
The Teal Journey Ovarian Cancer Foundation
The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation is the grateful beneficiary of The Teal Journey Ovarian Cancer Foundation's largest donation to-date of $18,000 in support of Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center.
Known with the moniker "silent killer," ovarian cancer is a remarkably deadly form of cancer with a lower survival rate than many other cancers. Often discovered in late stages, ovarian cancer frequently progresses too quickly to adequately cure the disease from the body.
In response to this great need, The Teal Journey Foundation provided this $18,000 gift through their second charity event hosted in their young history as a newly established foundation. With co-founders Cristina Martins Sinco, Gary McKinsey, and Jay Conner, The Teal Journey Ovarian Cancer Foundation remains focused on promoting education and early detection of ovarian cancer.
Bubbles for Breast Cancer
Santa Maria Town Center's Bubbles for Breast Cancer event raised $10,075 for Marian Cancer Care patients and families in October 2017. Their Roaring Twenties event has quickly become a classic in Santa Maria!
Cruzin’ for Life’s Annual Car Show and Cruise a Fundraising Success
Cruzin' for Life donated an incredible $150,000 to benefit Marian Cancer Care patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center! The 14th Annual Car Show and Cruise event generated enough to surpass the $1,000,000 mark in funds raised for Mission Hope Cancer Center. This donation is the largest amount that Cruzin' for Life has gifted to any organization since its inception in 2004. Since 2006, Cruzin' for Life has gifted more than $1,081,300 to cancer patients at Mission Hope.
The Marian Cancer Care team would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Cruzin' for Life Board and event organizers. With the continued strong support of our community, Mission Hope Cancer Center is able to further its healing work.
Swiss Golf Tournament
On June 24, 2017, The Swiss Restaurant and Bar hosted the eighth annual Swiss Golf Tournament at the Rancho Maria Golf Club. Held in memory of Sam Manos, the “BBQ King,” the event brought in $32,750 in support of Marian Cancer Care patients and families in need at Mission Hope Cancer Center. This amount is an all-time fundraising high for the Swiss Tournament! It’s a dramatic increase in comparison with the 2016 event outcome of $19,000. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fun local event.
CoastHills Credit Union and Mission Hope Cancer Center
We make a difference in our neighbors’ lives. That is our vision at CoastHills Credit Union, and it transcends what we do every day for our 63,000 members. It truly drives the commitment we have to all of the communities we serve.
Our staff and volunteers log more than 4,000 hours of community service every year, sleeves rolled up, embedded in just about every community activity one can imagine.
When we were originally made aware of Mission Hope’s vision to serve our local communities, we felt a kinship. The difference they make for their patients is often in terms of life and death. But what has made such a lasting impression on our employees is the heartfelt caring that their incredible staff demonstrates with every life they touch.
Through the CoastHills Community Foundation’s annual fundraising event titled “Rancho Vino,” we raised and donated more than $280,000 to Mission Hope in just four years. On the April 11th Day of Hope, we set a new CoastHills record by raising more than $3,500 peddling papers on the street corners of Lompoc, Vandenberg Village, Nipomo, and Santa Maria.
For CoastHills and Mission Hope Cancer Center, every day is a day of hope. We certainly hope that our efforts to make a difference together will last for days to come.
Honoring Those Who Make a Difference
In recognition of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Santa Maria Digestive Diagnostic Center and Mission Hope Cancer Center collaborated to bring life-saving information and free screenings to our community. This is particularly timely because recent statistics for the Central Coast demonstrate stage 3 and 4 colorectal cancers are higher than the national averages.
Due to this concern, in 2014 we started a local campaign to encourage members of our community to get a colonoscopy. Screening rates rose by 7% with our insured population. However, progress in our uninsured underserved communities did not change. By partnering with Santa Maria Digestive Center—Drs. Benipal, Evans, Jahnke, Nastaskin, Vachhani and Hsia—we have provided 47 colonoscopies to those who are unable to afford them with numerous polyp removals and identified five cancers. On the most recent free colonoscopy screening day there were fourteen people tested with one cancer identified and eight people had large polyps removed. Mission Hope believes that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable and strives to bring that lifesaving message to everyone.
Day of Hope
Cancer not only affects those with the disease; it affects an entire community. This is why Marian Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Santa Maria Times, is proud to present the fifth annual Day of Hope on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
On April 11, hundreds of community volunteers throughout the Santa Maria Valley, Lompoc, and Nipomo will stand on street corners with a mission to ask drivers passing by to roll down their car windows and purchase a $1.00 Day of Hope newspaper. As always, one hundred percent of all Day of Hope proceeds will stay in the community, benefiting cancer programs and support services for local patients and families.
Hundreds of volunteers bring 'Day of Hope' to life
Published on Apr 11, 2017
People all around the Central Coast lined street corners to sell special editions of the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record for "Day of Hope" - a special fundraiser benefiting Mission Hope Cancer Center. Watch this video from Brian Stanley explaining the effort that it takes to make the Day work, and the impact that donations have on local cancer patients being cared for at Mission Hope.