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In 2003, I was diagnosed with cancer and personally experienced the fragmented nature of cancer services in San Luis Obispo County.

I then began a journey with French Hospital Medical Center to create a free cancer resource center; one place, working collaboratively and supporting other community cancer programs, where people with cancer and their families could receive information, support and hope.

I’m a doctor and a cancer survivor so I understand the trauma of diagnosis, the fear, the uncertainty, and the tremendous need for answers. After treating a Hearst family member following a life-threatening accident, Steve Hearst asked me if there was anything he could do to express his gratitude. Indeed there was!

Our vision became reality when Steve Hearst and other family members graciously donated the seed money to create the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. That support has been followed by the incredible generosity of the Hearst Foundation as well as many others, which allowed the Center to open in 2008.

Today, we serve all cancer patients and their families free of charge; and we are here to help guide you through your journey toward recovery.

To learn more about the Hearst Cancer Resource Center

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