Posts Tagged ‘San Luis Obispo’

17 Jul2014

Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center Becomes Third Beneficiary SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Dignity Health/French Hospital Medical Center has been named the 2014 Central Coast Cancer Challenge presenting sponsor. French Hospital Medical Center is home to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, a place where cancer patients and survivors can get support during their cancer journey. In addition to offering this service which is 100% free of charge to all cancer patients and their loved ones, French Hospital Medical Center also provides the San Luis Obispo community with leading medical services including a new Advanced Hybrid Cardiac Surgical Suite, 24-hour Emergency Services, Cardiac Care Services, Imaging Centers, a Baby-Friendly Family Birthing Center, and Laboratory Services among many others. “French Hospital Medical Center’s cancer care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Cancer Center and we take great pride in providing our patients with a high-quality, cancer program,” states Alan Iftiniuk, President and CEO. “Our hospital offers access to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center which offers free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families. Just as our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and health care staff offer a collaborative approach to cancer care, we are proud to be affiliated with the Central Coast Cancer Challenge’s community effort to support the cancer journey.” On September 7, 2014, the Central Coast Cancer Challenge, presented by French Hospital Medical Center, celebrates its 5th anniversary. The event that has become so much more than running; it’s an opportunity for participants to remember and honor loved ones and run for those in the community battling the disease. It’s also a celebration of genuine community. Runners and walkers will have 4 races to choose from (strollers are welcome for all races): “No Mo Cancer” 10K: In honor of our friend Maureen “Mo” Clancy, the 10K is a 2 loop course around beautiful downtown San Luis Obispo. “Well-fit” 5K: In honor of the Cancer Well-fit program, the 5K runs one loop around downtown SLO. “The Monterey Mile:” runners and walkers alike can enjoy the downhill course from Grand Ave. to Chorro St. ending next to Mission Plaza. Competitors, children and families are welcome. The Children’s “Rock Around the Block” Fun Run: presented by the San Luis Obispo Collection, children and adults can dress up as their favorite rock star and boogie to music along the course. There will be a prize for the best rock star costume.

This year’s event will benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center, the Cancer Well-fit fitness programs in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles and the newly established Maureen “Mo” Clancy Memorial Girl’s Track & Field Scholarship, an endowment fund in memory of our dear friend, Boston Marathoner and Cancer Challenge Warrior. Because of the CARE and COMPASSION of thousands of past participants, the Central Coast Cancer Challenge has given $40,000 to local charities Jack’s Helping Hand, Cancer Well-fit, Cancer Support Community and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 2014 is no different. The event is determined to kick cancer’s butt this year and blow the roof off of fundraising for those who are battling the disease. WE KNOW CANCER IS A HARD JOURNEY. That’s why we are offering a FREE REGISTRATION to all cancer survivors and current cancer patients. You can walk, run or just take part in our Cancer Survivor Celebration and Memorial after the races are over. Send an email to for your free registration code. FUNDRAISING Participants can make a BIG difference in the life of a local cancer patient, survivor and their family. The funds raised means a cancer patient/survivor can get back on their feet, feel good again after chemotherapy and start the road to recovery. It also means a local high school girl who excels in track and field can continue to pursue the dream of running or other field events in college. Each participant that raises $150.00 for either The Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center, Cancer Well-fit or the Maureen “Mo” Clancy Memorial Girls Track & Field Scholarship will receive a groovy, cool, Central Coast Cancer Challenge baseball cap valued at $25.00. The top fundraiser will win an entry into all events – the 2014 Giro Della Costa Centrale Cycling event, the 2015 San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K and the 2015 Central Coast Cancer Challenge!! (Valued at $255.00) The beneficiaries have set up a Crowdrise fundraising platform and donation platform that participants can utilize for fundraising/donations. To view and click through to the platforms, go to PARTICIPANTS CAN REGISTER NOW AND GET: A great run course in beautiful Downtown SLO!! A Short Sleeve Race Tech shirt with a cool Cancer Challenge design (must register by Aug. 15) ChronoTrack Chip on Bib Timing Age Group Awards for 5K and 10K (If you place 1st, 2nd or 3rd) Top 10 Finisher Awards for “The Monterey Mile” (gotta be pretty fast!) Virtual Goodie Bag Swag On course water and FLUID Sports Drink Recovery Food About French Hospital Medical Center French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, is rated one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation and one of the Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters. The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology on the Central Coast. The hospital’s current modernization and redesign project is an example of the commitment to meet the growing needs of the community with lifesaving advancements in medicine coupled with excellent, compassionate care. The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families. French is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory [...] Read more

12 Jul2014
Check Out our Age Group Award Medal

We’ve got a really great Age Group Medal this year, the new Central Coast Cancer Challenge logo! We will be giving to the top 3 male and female in the 5K and 10K, ten year age increments. The Top 10 racers in the Mile will get a medal. Hope you like it!!!

11 Jun2014

Volunteer registration is now open for the Central Coast Cancer Challenge taking place in downtown San Luis Obispo on Sunday, September 7, 2014. The race needs 150 volunteers to handle jobs on the race course, in the expo and for registration and packet pick-up. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, snack and drinks for their efforts and warm fuzzies for helping the fundraiser for Cancer Well-fit, the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital and the Maureen “Mo” Clancy Memorial Girl’s Track & Field Scholarship Fund.

25 Feb2014
5th Anniversary Coming Right Up

It’s hard to realize, but we are coming up to our 5th Central Coast Cancer Challenge. While this has grown to be a great community event and we have raised nearly $40,000 for local cancer support charities, the sad fact is cancer is still with us. We have lost some friends along the way and, one in particular, Maureen “Mo” Clancy, our sister who helped us with our cancer survivors ceremony for a couple of years. We miss Mo, terribly. We know you miss your loved ones as well. This year, our 10K race will be dedicated to Mo, and the entire event has always be dedicated to those lost and battling. We won’t stop until, as the bracelet I wear in Mo’s honor, the one she gave me says, “No Mo Cancer.” We take steps each day to end cancer. Come join us this year.

03 Sep2013

We’re posting a new Facebook Profile pic on our Facebook Page to help kick off Cancer Awareness Month in San Luis Obispo. Download the photo or send us an email and we’ll send it to you!

03 Sep2013

The SAVOR Run, presented by the City of San Luis Obispo and Produced by
the Central Coast Cancer Challenge on Sunday, September 29 will raise funds for Cancer Well-fit, a FREE 10-week fitness program for cancer survivors SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — The degree of separation of knowing someone who is battling cancer or has lost that battle is, for most, one. Cancer is bordering on epidemic proportions, with the Center for Disease Control predicting that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. The SAVOR Run on Sunday, September 29, part of the celebratory weekend Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast event, will help local cancer survivors by raising fund for Cancer Well-fit, a FREE 10-week fitness program for local cancer survivors.
The City of San Luis Obispo will present their proclamation on Tuesday, September 3rd at City Hall, 990 Palm Street in San Luis Obispo at 6 p.m. The County proclamation will be presented after
1:30 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors weekly meeting on Tuesday, September 10th.
“We have so many great cancer resource organizations in San Luis Obispo County,” say Heather Hellman, SAVOR Run race coordinator. “We want to raise awareness and funds so if people are faced with a cancer diagnosis, they know where to turn for help.”
There are many local San Luis Obispo County organizations who are contributing to cancer research and support services locally and nationally. The Central Coast Cancer Challenge, now producing the SAVOR Run has raised more than $32,000 since 2010 for support services locally. Runners and walkers who register for the race can celebrate the day with exercise, a ceremony to honor survivors and those who have been lost, as well as toast to life at the on-site Mimosa Bar and a voucher for a pancake breakfast from San Luis Obispo area restaurants.
It’s a long, tough journey to feel well again after cancer treatment and Cancer Well-fit gets survivors on their feet again. They have graduated 300+ survivors locally and, with the help of the SAVOR Run, will expand their services into the North County this year.
The American Cancer Society is enrolling participants for their newest research study, the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) in San Luis Obispo County this October. Individuals may choose to participate if they’re willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (completing surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer. For more information or to find an enrollment site near you, visit
Following is a list (partial) of local cancer organizations providing resources (information and programs) available for San Luis Obispo County citizens:
Accredited Cancer Program at Sierra Vista Hospital American Cancer Society: SLO Chapter Cancer Connections of SLOCancer Support Community Cancer Well-fit Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Jack’s Helping Hand Jacqualyn Palchak Cancer Fund Kid’s Cancer Research Foundation Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mission Hope Cancer Center The Wellness Kitchen About Visit San Luis Obispo County
Visit San Luis Obispo County promotes San Luis Obispo County through advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales. Its membership base is comprised of over 500 tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf courses and retail stores. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is produced and managed by the Bureau. For more information on Visit San Luis Obispo County, please visit
About Sunset
 ( is the leading lifestyle brand in the West. Through magazines and books, events and experiences, and digital and social media, Sunset covers the West’s best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over five million educated, active and affluent consumers every month through its five regional print editions—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest and Mountain—as well as via all tablet devices and its website. In addition to its print and digital publication, Sunset showcases the region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations through its flagship events, established home programs, licensing partnerships, books and International Wine Competition. Sunset is part of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group.
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20 Aug2013

There is no better way to honor a loved one who is a cancer survivor, or remember someone who has been lost than gathering friends, family and colleagues together to do an activity that will help someone who is battling the disease. This is what a team at the SAVOR Run can do.
Chemotherapy is tough! It’s toxic. What does it actually mean – chemical therapy? It’s a way to kill cancer cells, but it also kills healthy cells. Getting back into a fitness program, something that will flush all those chemicals out of the system and help a cancer survivors gain strength is what Cancer Well-fit offers, for FREE, to local cancer survivors. Your portion of your SAVOR Run registration helps fund this program.
On Sunday, September 29th, we will celebrate the day, celebrate the run, celebrate the fact that we can put one foot in front of the other and walk or run. But the biggest celebration that day will be for the survivor. It WILL BE a day to SAVOR! Register Today!

01 May2013

Registration for The Savor Run is now open! Your registration fee includes your race and a gourmet pancake breakfast with all of the trimmings. Additional pancake breakfast tickets can be bought through the registration process. Read through the pages of the website for further information

24 Aug2010
The Damon Castillo Band Prepares to Ignite the Central Coast Cancer Challenge Stage!

The Central Coast Cancer Challenge is proud to announce the Damon Castillo Band as the event’s concert headliner!! The concert is supported by the City of San Luis Obispo, FREE, and open to the public. The band is scheduled to begin playing at noon.
When they are not touring, the Damon Castillo Band is home in San Luis Obispo, entertaining friends and loyal followers. They are one of the most popular bands on the central coast and always willing to give back to the community. Performing at the Central Coast Cancer Challenge is particularly special because of the band’s personal struggles with cancer. They lost their friend and the founding bassist, Matt Taylor to the disease 2002.
The Damon Castillo Band’s unique sound originated and continues to be heard from their quaint recording studio on Laurel Lane, a street just east of the downtown area. “Laurel Lane is more than a studio on a street near some old train tracks in the hills of San Luis Obispo, California,” says Castillo. “It is home. Strewn with vintage amps and tattered couches, it is the hearth that has beckoned, soothed, and housed the band through life’s many ups and downs.”
The Damon Castillo Band
Castillo and his band also take great pride in the way they write and perform their music. They disregard genres or style lines, and concentrate on making music that “feels right”. They want their records to bring people back to the times when “artists played their own music in a studio and created songs that were enjoyable not only for their passion, but also for their honesty.” At every show, the Damon Castillo Band plays for music, for each other and for Matt but most importantly, they promise to never stop.
The Central Coast Cancer Challenge is honored to have the City of San Luis Obispo supporting the official concert as well as a supporter for the overall event.
“The Central Coast Cancer Challenge was designed to raise funds for cancer support services, but also to showcase this beautiful city,” says Heather Hellman, Event Director. “We want participants to come have fun, contribute to a wonderful cause and stay to take full advantage of the wonderful things the City of San Luis Obispo has to offer.”

27 Jul2010
The JAMBA JUICE BananaMan Run Returns for the Central Coast Cancer Challenge

The Central Coast Cancer Challenge presented by Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the return of the BananaMan Run sponsored by locally founded Jamba Juice. The 5K and 10K runs are dedicated to Ken Ozawa, father of Jamba Juice co-founder Linda Ozawa Olds, who died of stomach cancer in 2009.
What first began as a Cal Poly senior project is now a nationwide business success story. Jamba Juice has grown to be one of the “nation’s top destinations for better-for-you food and beverages, making its way into hearts and neighborhoods across the country.” It has changed the way we get the recommended amount of fruit and dietary fiber as well as having made eating healthy more accessible and fun.
The company first opened its doors as the Juice Club in April of 1990 and later changed to Jamba Juice. Through a tremendous amount hard work and a commitment to creating “a culture beyond selling and offering a soulful experience for the customer,” Jamba Juice has grown to more than 700 locations, across thirty states and can even be enjoyed in the Bahamas.
A few months ago, Linda Olds and Jamba Juice proudly celebrated their 20th year anniversary by hosting a day of Jamba Juice history and festivities at the first store, located on Chorro Street in San Luis Obispo.
Jamba Juice, as sponsor of the Central Coast Cancer Challenge running events, is excited to bring back the Banana Man chase. The 5k run gives participants a chance to chase life-size bananas while raising funds for LIVESTRONG and The Wellness Community. The 5k and 10k running events are trail runs open to walkers and runners of all age groups and fitness levels. 5K participants will run along the trails of Laguna Lake Park into the open space often shared with herons, geese and cows. The 10k begins at Laguna Lake Park and takes participants up the backside of Cerro San Luis or “Madonna” mountain for some “thigh burning” hills and fun. The events will be timed and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category.
Registration is available at county Jamba Juice stores, Bakersfield locations, as well as online. The 5K run costs $35 and the 10K cost $45. Registration includes a t-shirt and goodie bag for all participants.

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