The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce that the tenth anniversary “Share the Hope” event, held on April 8, 2017 at Hearst Ranch, raised an astounding $1,268,000. This includes $968,000 from ticket sales and auctions, plus the announcement of a $300,000 gift from Noreen Martin and her husband, Dr. Chris Hulburd, to establish a new cancer education fund.

The results exceed prior year amounts and now hold the record for most funds raised at any French Hospital Medical Center Foundation event. Over the past ten years, “Share the Hope” has raised more than $3,000,000 to benefit the programs and services offered free of charge to cancer patients and loved ones at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center. Proceeds from the event support the Hearst Cancer Resource Center Endowment Fund and the Martin Hulburd Family Cancer Education Fund.

Share the Hope 2017This new cancer education fund will help produce comprehensive educational programs through the Hearst Cancer Resource Center for those diagnosed with cancer, all offered free of charge. A wide range of topics will be covered, such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, integrative medicine, treatment advances, clinical case studies, and managing personal finances. The Hearst Cancer Resource Center Endowment provides crucial long term financial support, ensuring that the Center will continue to be an oasis for cancer patients and their families for years to come.

A special tribute was also held to recognize Steve Hearst for hosting the event for the past ten years. The Hearst Family was instrumental in providing the seed funding to construct and open the Center in 2008 and the Hearst Foundation helped establish the Hearst Cancer Resource Center Endowment.

“The incredible generosity of Steve Hearst, Noreen Martin, Dr. Hulburd and the many donors who contributed to this event is overwhelming,” said Alan Iftiniuk, FHMC President/CEO. “This must be the largest amount raised at any fundraising event in San Luis Obispo County. We are deeply honored to provide this valuable service to help cancer patients in our community.”

The Hearst Cancer Resource Center Endowment collaborates with community and physician partners to provide supportive and educational services necessary for cancer patients to understand their disease, manage treatment, and maintain dignity and quality of life throughout all aspects of their cancer experience.