Partners in hope
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.
With the start of the holiday season and in keeping with the spirit of generosity, Marian Cancer Care would like to recognize the remarkable kindness of the organizers and supporters of Cruzin’ for Life that provides for local cancer patients. Over 11 years, the Cruzin’ for Life legendary car show and cruise has raised more than $931,300 for Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center. While the final total for 2017 has not yet been revealed, we are grateful for the resilient spirit of the volunteers, drivers, and survivors who made it possible.
As the year comes to a close, the Marian Cancer Care team would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Cruzin’ for Life. With the continued strong support of our community, Mission Hope Cancer Center is able to further its healing work.
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.
The 17Strong Foundation was conceived by Arroyo Grande native Ryan Teixeira, who battled cancer twice. His vision was to help plan and fund what he liked to call “Victory Trips” for young adults who have suffered the trauma of catastrophic illness. The trips are designed to give the recovering patient an extraordinary travel experience during their recuperation. Thursday, September 7 was a special day: The very first Victory Trip Reveal where three young Mission Hope cancer survivors each received a trip of their dreams. There was not a dry eye in the house when the recipients, community members, friends of Ryan Teixeira and supporters gathered at Arroyo Grande High School multipurpose room to witness the big event. We all share the 17Strong motto, “Victories don’t come by accident.”
Ryan was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at age eighteen, five months after signing a baseball scholarship contract with Colorado Mesa University in November of 2014. Following various courses of intense cancer treatment, surgery and therapy, Ryan was finally able to move to Colorado to officially begin his college and baseball career in January of 2016. Ryan completed the spring semester and then spent the summer back home. In August Ryan returned to CMU but he didn’t feel well. It was soon discovered that Ryan had developed Leukemia, a rare side effect from chemotherapy, and was flown to UCLA Medical Center in California on September 13. After more intense treatment, followed by a bone marrow transplant, Ryan bravely battled through breakthroughs and setbacks. Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer in March of this year. Ryan’s passion to provide encouragement and inspiration for others has become a reality with the creation of 17Strong. The non-profit will focus on funding Victory Trips to young adults battling life threatening diseases.
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.
We are privileged to again be the beneficiary of Best Buy Auto Sales’ generosity. For all cars sold in the month of October, Best Buy Auto Sales will donate $100 to Marian Cancer Care patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center!
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.
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A cold, overcast morning that even included a brief rain shower weren't enough to dampen the annual Day of Hope.
Now in its fourth year, the fundraiser held Tuesday in the Santa Maria Valley, as well as Lompoc and Nipomo, directly benefits patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria.
Once again, community members shined bright, donating thousands of dollars to those in need.
"Everyone is doing this for the right reasons," said volunteer Deb Jeffers, while volunteering on corner of Blosser and Betteravia Roads. "We all want to help our patients here on the Central Coast battle cancer and all of us are doing it for the same reason."
Hundreds of volunteers participating in teams raised money through the sale of $1 special edition Santa Maria Times newspapers.
The Day of Hope was held from 7 a.m. to noon. According to organizers, more than 11,500 papers were sold.
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.