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.
About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is a technologically advanced, 191-bed facility that provides safe, quality care to the communities it serves. Marian has been a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for four consecutive years, and was also named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care by Healthgrades. Marian is designated a STEMI Receiving Center in Santa Barbara County, and is designated a Level III Trauma Center by Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients. Our cancer care program is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, and is one of only three programs between Los Angeles and San Francisco to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award. The campus houses the most comprehensive perinatology/ neonatology program on the Central Coast, providing specialized care to the tiniest of patients. Marian is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, 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.