Pismo Beach, Ca. (September 17, 2013) Surfing for Life Foundation is teaming up with Surfing for Hope and French Hospital Medical Center this weekend September 20-21, for the 2nd annual surfing extravaganza to benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. The central coast surfing community will be coming together to help raise funds for families affected by cancer. The annual event is the brainchild of local surfing legend and cancer survivor Bob Voglin and local doctors Thomas Spillane and Karen Allen. These three have brought the surfing community and local physicians together to support the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital. "I'm stoked to be a part of this year's fundraising event," states Tom Brown, founder of the Surfing for Life Foundation. "I am deeply moved to see such enthusiasm from the local surfing community as they join together for this great cause." The fundraising event begins Friday afternoon at 4pm on Avila Beach with a memorial paddle-out. It will be followed by a benefit dinner and auction at Avila Beach Golf Resort. The live auction and raffle will include many surf-related items as well as a surfing safari getaway to Mexico. Local surf shops Esteem, Wavelengths, Shell Beach Surf Shop, Central Coast Surf Shop and Moondoggies have all generously donated items. Three custom surfboards were donated by central coast shapers Coop DeVille and Stoneman Surfboards. Other items up for bid were donated by 805 Brewery, artwork by Forever Stoked, and miscellaneous surf swag donated by Dewey Weber Surfboards. Surf film director David Parsa (Absolute Mexico), has graciously donated the use of his newly released surf film Chasing Addictions for an exclusive preview showing during the awards dinner following the contest. The fun continues Saturday morning 6:00 am sharp at the Pismo Beach Pier for the annual Surfing for Hope Longboard Contest. An all-day health fair showcasing local businesses and groups will provide cancer education and resources for those going through the cancer experience. Live entertainment around-the-clock, featuring Grammy award winning artist Louis Ortega and local bands Panga, The Dentures, and the Mother Corn Shucker's will coincide with the contest. The weekend concludes Saturday evening with the awards banquet at Steamer's. All proceeds benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and the Angel of Hope Fund at French Hospital Medical Center. For information regarding contest and benefit dinner visit: www.surfingforhope.com
Surfing for Life Foundation is a grassroots, 100% surfer-driven non-profit. Our mission is to bring cancer awareness to the surfing community with an emphasis on prevention – one wristband at a time... www.surfingforlife.org Visit us at the health fair and pick up a wristband.
Surfing for Hope is an annual benefit that brings the community together to inspire and support people with cancer through the positive energy of surfing. www.surfingforhope.com
The Hearst Cancer Resource Center is located at the award winning, not-for-profit French Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, a one-of-a-kind resource on the Central Coast for those living with cancer and their families. All services are provided at no charge. The Hearst Cancer Resource Center provides the supportive and educational services necessary for cancer patients to understand their disease, tolerate treatment, and maintain dignity and quality of life throughout all aspects of their cancer experience. www.frenchmedicalcenter.org