surfing for hope

Without hope, what else do we have? Photo: Tracht

Bob Voglin and his son are both very close friends of Surfwanderer.  Bob is a cancer survivor who has now created Surfing for Hope to inspire others to keep believing and stay strong.  Please read about the first event below, and go the Surfing for hope website as well:  Thanks, SW

Surfing for Hope

November 9-10, 2012
Benefit Dinner & Surfing Contest

Surfing for Hope will take place on November 9th and 10th, 2012, in Avila Beach and Pismo Beach, California.  This event is designed to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing.  Surfing is the ideal format to help people in this situation by showing how positive and healthful our sport is and it gives the surfing community the opportunity to give back to people in need by sharing what we love.

All proceeds from Surfing for Hope will benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California.

The event will begin on Friday, November 9th with a memorial paddle out at Avila Beach to honor friends and loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer.  After the paddle out, Benefit Dinner featuring foods and wines of the Central Coast, an auction, and live music will take place at the breathtaking Avila Beach Golf Resort.

On Saturday, November 10th, a longboard Surf Contest and Health Fair will be held at the Pismo Beach pier. The contest will have an assortment of age groups as well as a heat for doctors and cancer survivors. The Health Fair will focus on business and groups which support, educate and help people who are going through the cancer experience.  The Health Fair will be held on the pier and the contest will be on the south side of the pier.

Members of the local community, including myself, have come together to support the HCRC by creating the Surf for Hope event.  I feel this is a great opportunity for both the surfing world and the medical world to join up to support people who are challenged with this disease.  We are very excited about this event and hope you will join us!


Bob Voglin
Surfing for Hope Committee Member

About the Hearst Cancer Resource Center
The Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) is a one-of-a-kind resource on the Central Coast for those living with cancer and their families, where all services are provided at no charge. The HCRC 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. Located at the award winning, not-for-profit French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, this unique resource aims to bring a sense of peace, calm, strength and positive energy to all who visit.

The HCRC is staffed by oncology professionals and houses the latest information on cancer treatment options, nutrition and stress reduction. The center hosts everything from laughing classes, to nutrition lectures, to yoga, and support groups. Since opening its doors in 2008, HCRC has experienced more than 28,000 visits and contacts from cancer patients and family members, as well as many community organizations.

For more information visit the HCRC webpage or call 805-542-6234.


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