Cancer center, hospital leaders announce record-breaking total

Staff Report 

The eighth annual Day of Hope event, benefiting local cancer patients at Mission Cancer Center, was once again a tremendous success and delivered hope unlike any other year.  

The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation recently announced that the event raised more than $316,556 in support of patient assistance needs, the acquisition of advanced technology and equipment, and programs and services. 

This year’s Day of Hope fundraising total represents the support of more than 30 sponsors, the work of more than 30 community teams, and hundreds of donors throughout the community and the nation. Last year’s Day of Hope 2020 event raised $257,202 and this year’s total represents a 23% increase in donations. 

“During the pandemic, we have contemplated how to approach Day of Hope to ensure community wellness and safety are top-of-mind,” says Dr. Robert Dichmann, cancer program medical director for Mission Hope Cancer Center. “While the events were different, the outpouring of community support remained steadfast. The funds raised from this year’s Day of Hope will provide critical resources, programs, and advanced technology for local cancer patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center, and we are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support.”

At the Day of Hope Celebration, the following individual teams and company teams were recognized for going above and beyond in their fundraising efforts.

TOP TEAMS – Individual Teams Category (as of Aug. 20):

  • 1st Place: Passion for Color – raised $13,290. Team led by Angelica Gutierrez
  • 2nd Place: Maggi’s Dream Team – raised $6,251. Team led by Maggi Daane
  • 3rd Place: Team Betty – raised $3,146. Team led by Catriena Lyons

TOP TEAMS – Company Teams Category (as of Aug. 20):

  • 1st Place: Rancho Harvest – raised $30,425. Team led by Jessica Manriquez 
  • 2nd Place: Rugged Radios – raised $29,254. Team led by Taryn Timothy 
  • 3rd Place: Dignity Health Home Health and Infusion- raised $4,370. Led by Maggie Maratas and Michele Rodriguez

Although the 2021 Day of Hope event has concluded, community members can still make donations in support of local cancer patients and families at Mission Hope Cancer Center. To make a donation or to learn how to get involved for next year’s event, please visit or call the Marian Foundation at 805-739-3595.