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Tenth Annual ‘Day of Hope’ Benefits Local Cancer Patients

Community fundraising event to be held on Wednesday, August 23

SANTA MARIA, CA – August 16, 2023 – Marian Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Santa Maria Times, is again proud to present Day of Hope on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. The tenth annual community event benefits local cancer patients in need at Mission Hope Cancer Center. Day of Hope teams will line the streets to sell the special edition Day of Hope newspapers from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. throughout Santa Maria. 

Additionally, a celebratory community car parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will travel through Santa Maria along Broadway Street to Main Street and end at Mission Hope Cancer Center, 1325 East Church Street. 

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

  • Team Newspaper Sales: Buy a newspaper from a Day of Hope team on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • Online Donations: Visit to make an online donation and receive an exclusive electronic version of the Day of Hope Santa Maria Times newspaper on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • Cruising for a Cause Car Parade: Registration for the car parade is limited; please register online at or cheer on the Day of Hope car parade along the route 

"As we celebrate the 10th annual Day of Hope at Mission Hope Cancer Center, we come together as a community to uplift our patients and their families," shares Dr. J. Ben Wilkinson, MD, FACRO, a Radiation Oncologist at Mission Hope Cancer Center. "This milestone represents a profound celebration of love and support for those battling cancer. By supporting the Day of Hope, you directly assist cancer patients and their families in need, providing crucial financial aid. Your generosity strengthens our programs and services, empowering our compassionate staff to utilize cutting-edge technology in delivering exceptional care. Today, we unite to transform lives, conquer cancer, and forge a future where hope shines brighter than ever before."

"Day of Hope’s 10-year legacy resonates deeply in the lives of Mission Hope Cancer Center’s patients, their families, and the devoted staff working at the cancer center," explains Jessa Brooks, Vice President of Philanthropy, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation. “Each year, Day of Hope is a true community celebration and a joyful occasion where participating teams showcase their spirit and enthusiasm in support of local cancer patients—all while spreading hope and inspiration throughout the community."

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.  

Day of Hope Flyer

Day of Hope Event Itinerary

Day of Hope All-in-one Flyer


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 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 is a state-of-the-art, 191-bed medical center located in Santa Maria, California. The modern facility is home to a broad array of services including a level II trauma center, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a nationally recognized cardiac care center, and boasts the Central Coast’s only Comprehensive Community Cancer Program as recognized by the Commission on Cancer. Marian has been recognized for quality and patient safety and named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades ® for three consecutive years. It has also been recognized as a 2023 Coronary Intervention Excellent Award recipient by Healthgrades ®.

Marian Regional Medical Center together with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, comprise Dignity Health Central Coast, a network of hospitals, physicians, and outpatient services including physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a full service home health agency. Learn more at

Publish date: 

Wednesday, August 16, 2023