The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group would like to thank our community for the great success of all of our 2009 fund raising events: the Spring Forward Against Cancer Gala, Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament and Gourmet Grazing on the Green. The success of last year’s events pushed our organization over the $1Million mark in total funds raised over the last 15 years. Together we helped improve the lives of cancer sufferers in our county and supported research efforts that could bring future cures. Thank you some much to everyone in the Santa Cruz community for your support!
Celebrating 15 Years!
2010 will mark the 15th year of the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group’s mission to bring relief to those suffering from cancer. Our organization has grown from a humble first event called “Volley Against Cancer,” which was a tennis tournament followed by a party, into an annual schedule of three major fundraisers and a local outreach skin cancer screening campaign. We are proud to continue to support local Santa Cruz based organizations and individuals working diligently to make improvements in the lives of those living with cancer and their families. Our goal is to raise more money each year to support our beneficiaries and create new partnerships, which can bring more healing to our community.
Free Cancer Screenings
In 2009, Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group launched its Skye Tent Skin Cancer Screening campaign in partnership with Dr. James Beckett and his team of Santa Cruz County based volunteer dermatologists. Free skin cancer screenings and treatment information were provided at the 2009 Longboard Union Club Invitational Surf Contest and the Women On Waves event. The pavilion within which the doctors perform the screenings was christened the Skye Tent to honor the memory of local surfer and UCSC student Skye Ksander whose courageous battle with metastatic melanoma provided inspiration to many.