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Another Great Day of Hope

by Joshua D. Scroggin
April 13, 2016
Ashley Casper
Melissa DawsonYou probably noticed plenty of folks in orange vests screaming their hearts out on Central Coast street corners on Wednesday morning. 

You may have even given them a buck or two — or 20. 

All that yelling was aboutDay of Hope, an annual fundraiser to support the fight against cancer. And the coolest thing about the effort is that 100 percent of the money raised — all of it — directly supports local patients of the Mission Hope Cancer Center.

For the third straight year, Mission Hope has teamed with sponsors and volunteers to sell special editions of the Santa Maria Times. CoastHills Credit Union has been there all three years, peddling papers at $1 apiece. 

Often times, the generous souls on the Central Coast have given much more. 

Led by Orcutt branch manager Theresa Binney, the CoastHills team at Broadway and Main Street sold 400 newspapers and collected $941.41. And that was just in Santa Maria. For the first time, Day of Hope also branched outside of the city. 

CoastHills also had volunteers hitting the streets with Santa Maria branch manager James Thomas in Nipomo, branch manager Liz Garza in Lompoc and lending specialist Melissa Dawson in Vandenberg Village, with the latter two locations offering special editions of the Lompoc Record

Collectively, the credit union sold 1,000 newspapers and collected $2,759.51, by far the most by CoastHills since the event started three years ago. 

CoastHills President and CEO Jeff York praised the pairing of the credit union and cancer center. 

"At CoastHills, we make a difference in our neighbors' lives," York said. "And when we pledge support to Mission Hope Cancer Center, it's great knowing the full force of those efforts goes toward helping local patients and their families." 

Sherri BrewerWhen Mission Hope Cancer Center opened its doors in Santa Maria in 2012, it became the only all-in-one cancer-treatment facility of its kind between UCLA and Stanford. And it's been repeatedly awarded for leading technology and clinical research. 

Now, here's what you won't find on the technical reports: Patient support at Mission Hope goes well beyond just state-of-the-art scans and biopsies. 

Just last year, the center spent around $300,000 on patient support services. That includes luxuries like genetic counseling, support groups and physical therapy. 

It also includes stuff many of us take for granted, things like rent, groceries and utility bills. And that's where the money raised through annual fundraiser Day of Hope comes in. 

"Stuff like that, that's where this money goes to," said Dr. Robert Dichmann, Mission Hope Oncologist and Co-Founder. "It's not going to build a new scanner. It's going right back to the patients for day-to-day things." 

Mission Hope also has a free shuttle service that brings patients to Santa Maria from Lompoc on a daily basis. Dignity Health Central Coast Regional director of cancer services Katherine Guthrie said those shuttles made 800 trips last year alone. 

Day of Hope may be over, but it's not too late to donate. Visit Mission Hope's websitefor details on how you can support local cancer patients. Maybe you can warm up your throat and get involved in next year's Day of Hope.

Day of Hope Group
Dignity Health Central Coast Regional director of cancer services Katherine Guthrie and Mission Hope Cancer Center Oncologist and Co-Founder Dr. Robert Dichmann join CoastHills Credit Union President and CEO Jeff York to address the CoastHills team of Day of Hope volunteers at the credit union's branch in Vandenberg Village on Wednesday. 
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