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Seventh Annual ‘Day of Hope’ Benefits Local Cancer Patients

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Community fundraising event, slated for Wednesday, August 26, takes a different approach amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Day of Hope Community Flyer


SANTA MARIA, CA – August 13, 2020 – Cancer doesn’t stop because of a pandemic. This is why Marian Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Santa Maria Times, is proud to present the seventh annual Day of Hope community event on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although the annual Day of Hope event will be different this year, community members can still get involved and support local patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center. 

Central Coast community members are invited to support the Day of Hope event in a variety of ways including:

  • Online Donations: Visit to make a gift today. New this year – all online donations will receive an exclusive electronic version of the Day of Hope Santa Maria Times newspaper on Wednesday, August 26. 

  • Cruising for a Cause Car Parade: Cheer on the first-ever Day of Hope car parade traveling from the Santa Maria Fairpark at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, to Mission Hope Cancer Center. 

  • In-person Donations: Drop by Mission Hope Cancer Center on Wednesday, August 26, between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to make a gift in-person and receive the special edition Day of Hope Santa Maria Times newspaper. 

“Now, more than ever, local cancer patients need support as so many are not only dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but they are also encountering the stress of emotional and economic uncertainty,” shares Robert Dichmann, MD, Medical Director, Marian Cancer Care. “Fortunately, for cancer patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center, Day of Hope event proceeds directly support cancer patients and their families in need of financial assistance, in addition to supporting the cancer center’s programs and services, and the acquisition of advanced equipment and technology.”

The annual Day of Hope event is a significant community fundraiser for patients in need at Mission Hope Cancer Center. Day of Hope invites the community to contribute dollars in exchange for a special edition Santa Maria Times newspaper, with every single dollar going towards local patients. 

“One hundred percent of all Day of Hope proceeds stay in our community and are designated to support local cancer patients and families in need,” explains Jessa Brooks, Vice President of Philanthropy, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation. “Due to this year’s unique COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the Day of Hope teams will not be selling the special edition Day of Hope newspapers at street intersections throughout the community. As a result, we are asking our local supporters to instead go online to make a Day of Hope gift or to safely make their gift in-person at Mission Hope Cancer Center.” 

Community members interested in supporting the annual Day of Hope event are asked to contact the Marian Foundation at (805) 739-3595 to discover how to get involved.  


About Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center
Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This award recognition is the highest designation awarded to community cancer centers and Marian Cancer Care is one of only three designated programs between San Francisco and Los Angeles to receive this impressive accreditation for exceptional performance. As the first integrated oncology facility on the Central Coast, Mission Hope Cancer Center features advanced technology and expert health care professionals from the nation’s top medical training programs. This state-of-the-art facility unites Santa Maria oncology treatment, imaging, research, education and outreach services at one location.

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 member of Dignity Health Central Coast, 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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Thursday, August 13, 2020