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CENTRAL COAST, CA – December 13, 2019 – A driving force of generosity on the Central Coast, Cruzin’ for Life has once again provided a tremendous gift to local cancer patients. Through the collective efforts of the Cruzin’ for Life board, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, $110,000 was raised at September’s Cruzin’ for Life Car Show and Cruise for Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center.
Cruzin’ for Life is one of Santa Maria’s most prolific fundraising organizations. Their efforts since 2006 have helped bring $1,312,900 to Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria. Their continued efforts further Cruzin’ for Life’s well-deserved title as the most significant organization funder at Mission Hope Cancer Center.
“Ever since Mission Hope Cancer Center opened its doors, the community has shown tremendous support for the healing work in the cancer center,” Robert Dichmann, MD, Medical Director of Marian Cancer Program said. “A cancer diagnosis and subsequent journey often brings tremendous financial burdens for patients, and as a component of the services here, we offer assistance in a variety of ways. Cruzin’ for Life holds a special place in our hearts at the cancer center, because the volunteer-run organization give so much time and effort to make Santa Maria a better place.”
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.
[Photo caption: Marian Regional Medical Center, Mission Hope Cancer Center, Marian Foundation, and Cruzin’ for Life members accept the check for $110,000.]
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.
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