Healthy Living

Apr 21, 2010 2:22 PM by Carina Corral

Hearst Ranch fundraiser raises $1 million for cancer center

A fundraiser held at Hearst Ranch in San Simeon over the weekend brought in more than $1 million for a local cancer center.

The Share the Hope Fundraiser benefited the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital.

A $1 million gift from an anonymous donor added to the $137,000 raised at the dinner and auction, including a $50,000 gift by Urologist Michael D. Clayton, MD and his wife Jennifer, whose family has been touched by cancer.

"We are extremely grateful to this community for their ongoing support of the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and to French Hospital. This is the first time in the history of French Hospital that we can announce that more than one million dollars was donated in a single weekend," said Alan Iftiniuk, FHMC President and CEO.

Executive Director of the FHMC Foundation Debby Nicklas adds, "As San Luis Obispo's only not-for-profit hospital, 100 percent of donations directly support patient services and programs. In this case, all donations and proceeds from the Share the Hope event go to support the wonderful services provided to all our county residents free of charge at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center."

Since opening in April 2008, the HCRC has seen more than 11,000 visits consisting of cancer patients and family members, as well as many community organizations.

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