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SANTA MARIA, CA - June 10, 2019– Santa Maria’s prolific fundraising organization Cruzin’ for Life again delivered a feast of generosity for local cancer patients through their annual Valentine’s Day Crab Feed fundraising event. Generating a large audience, their annual dinner raised $25,000. This donation furthers Cruzin’ for Life’s well-deserved title as the largest third party event donor to Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center.
Cruzin’ for Life’s tireless support has helped provide for the transportation needs of the integrated cancer center. Through their support, this gift has helped raise significant funding for the operation of the center’s Patient Transportation Service. This service provides for a patient’s travel to and from their medical appointments at the cancer center. Since June 2012, total transportation by the passenger van and Prius has resulted in over 21,000 total transports.
“When Mission Hope Cancer Center opened its doors in 2012, we knew that the community would rally support around this cancer center,” Robert Dichmann, MD, Medical Director of Marian Cancer Program said. “Cruzin’ for Life has embodied the giving nature of the community and we simply could not operate as effectively without their generosity.”
In addition to featuring advanced, lifesaving technology, Mission Hope Cancer Center has a robust offering of support services for patients including free educational lectures, support group, nutrition and exercise classes, and more. With social, health, financial, and emotional support for cancer patients, each individual is equipped to better focus on their treatment plan.
Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center has been a fortunate beneficiary of Cruzin’ for Life’s generosity, donating $1,226,300 since 2006 to patients on the Central Coast.
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