Santa Maria Valley community members rally together to make the inaugural Day of Hope a great success, exceeding $100,000 in community donations

The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Day of Hope community event raised $100,875 to support cancer care.

Thanks to overwhelming support from our local community businesses, civic groups, students and individuals, Day of Hope was a great success, far exceeding the event’s goal and raising more than $100,000.  One hundred percent of all Day of Hope donor contributions are applied to Marian Cancer Care, bringing vital programs and services to Mission Hope Cancer Center patients and families.

“It was both a heartwarming and inspiring day throughout the Santa Maria Valley as people from all walks of life rallied in support of the inaugural Day of Hope event,” states Monica Rocco, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director, Mission Hope Breast Care Center.  “The unexpected diagnosis and journey of cancer often brings exhausting emotional challenges and financial burdens.  What is special about Day of Hope is that all event proceeds remain local and are used to help Central Coast cancer patients by funding patient outreach services, the latest medical equipment and technology, and support programs.”

The inaugural Day of Hope took place on April 3, 2014, with 40 enthusiastic teams comprised of more than 300 community members. Event participants took to the streets between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m., uniting for one purpose: to sell $1.00 ‘special edition’ Day of Hope Santa Maria Times newspapers in support of Marian Cancer Care patients and families at Mission Hope Cancer Center.

“The incredible success of Day of Hope would not have been possible without the help of our generous and compassionate community,” explains Stephanie Grogan, Vice President of Philanthropy, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation.  “We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all event sponsors, team leaders, participants and community members who gave generously of their time and made Day of Hope contributions. Event donations raised truly make a lasting impact in the lives of local cancer patients who are our neighbors, friends and family members.”

Although the Day of Hope event is over, community members can still make donations in support of local cancer patients and families at Mission Hope Cancer Center. For more information about ways to give or the inaugural Day of Hope event, please contact the Marian Foundation at (805) 739-3595.

About Mission Hope Cancer Center

Mission Hope Cancer Center, located on the Marian Regional Medical Center campus, is the region’s only advanced comprehensive cancer care center.  Highly specialized physicians, oncology nurses and therapists provide integrated oncology care to the Central Coast.  Mission Hope features the most advanced technology and provides the entire spectrum of cancer care and a multitude of support services and therapies.  This state-of-the-art facility unites Santa Maria oncology treatment, imaging, research, education and outreach services at one location.  Mission Hope Cancer Center is affiliated with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and provides advanced opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials.  It is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and received seven commendations.  The Marian Cancer Care Program at Mission Hope Cancer Center is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest designation awarded to community cancer centers and Marian is one of only three designated programs between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care and its cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology service providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.