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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.

30 Jun2010
Spotlight SLO County Bicycle Coalition

Looking for a place where biking is enjoyable, highly encouraged and a main form of transportation? How about where there is more than 25 miles of bike lanes and a free valet system during downtown farmer’s markets? Well, look no further! The City of San Luis Obispo takes great pride in being a bicycle friendly community. We owe a great deal of this active and liveable lifestyle to the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition. Their mission is to have a strong voice within the community and make a positive change for its members and the environment. They want to continue to transform San Luis Obispo into a safer and more pleasurable city through the promotion of cycling and walking for everyday transportation and recreation. Their coalition hopes to create an atmosphere where “county residents value and enjoy clean air, active lifestyles, and the natural beauty of their surroundings.”

We are very pleased to have the SLO County Bicycle Coalition as one of our gold sponsors. They are providing a free bike valet service during the event, a clinic and fun ride for children as well as a great deal of overall support for the cause. The valet is easy to use and works “just like a coat check”. It allows Central Coast Cancer Challenge participants to fully enjoy the wellness expo and concert without worrying about the safety and security of their personal belongings.

For the children’s bike clinic and fun ride, the SLO County Bicycle Coalition will be teaching the children about bicycle safety as well as showing them how to properly ride. After the instruction, the children will then have the opportunity to take what they have learned and ride around Laguna Lake Park. The cost of the clinic and fun ride is $25 and parents can register on the website.

We thank the SLO County Bicycle Coalition again for their participation and contributions. We want this day to be unforgettable and provide much needed funds for our cancer support beneficiaries.

28 Jun2010
Experience the Beauty of the Elfin Forest

Elfin Forest Pygmy Oaks
While in town for the Central Coast Cancer Challenge, take advantage of what San Luis Obispo County has to offer. In addition to its tremendous beauty and countless attractions, San Luis Obispo is unique for its rich Native American history. For decades, the Chumash Indians inhabited the land and survived on the local vegetation. The Elfin Forest, a 90 acre area, located on the south-eastern side of Morro Bay, was home to many Native American families.
The name “Elfin Forest” comes from the short stature of its California Live Oaks. Normal Oaks growing around the central coast reach heights over 50 feet. These particular trees are said to be “stunted by the local environment and, despite being centuries old, range from a high of 20 feet in sheltered areas to a low of 4 feet near the tallest ridge line.” This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to hike through the forest and capture its rarity and uncover its unique history.
What a sight to see! As you walk along the wooden path, you can observe several of the area’s terrestrial plants and animals as well as the centuries old Native American shell remains dispersed throughout the soil. There are also several lookout points along the 1.6 mile trail that allow for amazing views of the Morro Bay rock and estuary. Furthermore, the path takes you directly under some of the rare pygmy oaks. They are truly unbelievable!
If you would like more information about the nature preserve, visit their website at
If you have not signed up to be a part of the Central Coast Cancer Challenge, please register today! Join the fight and put an end to cancer!

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