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Surfing For Hope donates $2,000 to Cancer Support Community 

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Executive Director Shannon D’Aquisto of the Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast in Templeton receives a donation from the Surfing for Hope (SFH) Foundation Board Members Tom Spillane, Karen Allen, and Bob Voglin. Pictured from left: Spillane, D’Acquisto, Allen, and Voglin.

Funds help support summer camps for youth with family members affected by cancer

–Members of the Surfing for Hope (SFH) Foundation recently presented a $2,000 donation from their 6th Annual Longboard Contest and Benefit to the Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast (CSC), located in Templeton, in recognition of the non-profit organization’s vital community link to cancer support services on the Central Coast. The funds will help support and promote three teen and youth camps this summer: the Pure Stoke Surf Camp (July 15-17), Camp Kesem (Aug 12-17), and Hanging Heart Ranch Horse Camp which was held earlier this month.

“We are beyond grateful for this generous donation from the amazing folks of Surfing for Hope,” said CSC Executive Director Shannon D’Acquisto. “With a continued commitment to raising funds and sponsoring events for locals affected by cancer, Surfing for Hope shares in the Cancer Support Community’s mission to ensure no one faces cancer alone.”

Bob Voglin, a local surfing legend and cancer survivor, shared his enthusiasm for the CSC mission while presenting the donation, saying, “All of us at Surfing for Hope are so very appreciative of the work by everyone at Cancer Support Community that benefits so many patients and their families in our community. Keep up the good work!” Voglin serves on the SHF Board of Directors alongside Karen Allen, Tom Spillane, and Brian Metcalf. Since 2012, the foundation has raised more than $200,000 to support and assist cancer patients and their families.

More about Pure Stoke

Pure Stoke Youth Program, a branch of SFH Foundation, provides a safe, fun environment, utilizing the healing energy of the beach and ocean, to help youth deal with the stress of a family member with cancer. The program involves a day at the beach with other children facing similar situations.The day includes surf lessons and all equipment, ocean and marine biology education, as well as fun beach activities in a non-intimidating environment staffed by supportive instructors and counselors. Repeat sessions are encouraged to build lifelong friendships through the program. SFH Foundation offers these surf camps free of charge at Pismo beach thanks to the support of Shell Beach Surf Shop.To enroll and learn more, visit SFH website at and fill out a brief online application.

The Pure Stoke Youth Program has been made possible by SFH Foundation’s annual fundraiser and surf contest, set for October 6-7, 2017. To sponsor, donate, or volunteer, see

More about CSC

The mission of the Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast is to help those affected by cancer and their loved ones enhance their health and well-being. With a motto of “So that no one faces cancer alone,” CSC provides a professional program of emotional support, education, social connections, and healthy lifestyle choices in order for participants to learn vital skills that will enable them regain control, reduce isolation, and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. Fundraisers, private donations, and sponsors enable CSC to continue its work throughout the local San Luis Obispo County community and provide services free of charge. For more information on programs and events, call (805) 238-4411, see, or stop by the Cancer Support Community office at 1051 Las Tablas Road, Suite E in Templeton; open Monday through Thursday.



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