SMPS San Diego Donates $8,000 to Hope for a Cure Foundation

Hope for a Cure Foun­da­tion Board of Direc­tors (L-R) Matt Liedle, Olga Bas­ti­aan­net, Maryjo High­land, and Renae Far­ley

By Olga Bas­ti­aan­net, Asso­ciate Prin­ci­pal, Ran­dall Lamb Asso­ciates, Inc.

On August 24, 2017, SMPS San Diego’s Char­i­ty Part­ner, Hope for a Cure Foun­da­tion, received their check in the amount of $8,000 at the Mem­ber Appre­ci­a­tion end of year par­ty at Fire­side Patio, locat­ed in Lib­er­ty Sta­tion. The check rep­re­sent­ed par­tial pro­ceeds from SMPS San Diego’s very suc­cess­ful Golf Tour­na­ment that took place in June.

Hope for a Cure Foun­da­tion (HFAC) is a small, local orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to pas­sion­ate­ly advo­cate for San Diego area researchers/physicians who need extra equip­ment to ade­quate­ly con­duct their can­cer research. Since 2004, they have donat­ed over 17 pieces of state-of-the-art equip­ment for influ­en­tial researchers at UCSD Med­ical Cen­ter, Salk Insti­tute, Burn­ham Insti­tute and Sid­ney Kim­mel Insti­tute, among oth­ers. HFAC pur­chas­es the equip­ment direct­ly from the man­u­fac­tur­ers.

SMPS San Diego’s 2017 dona­tion ben­e­fit­ted Dr. Jason K. Sick­lick, a physi­cian, researcher, and pro­fes­sor at UCSD Med­ical Cen­ter, who need­ed a bench­top instru­ment for his clin­i­cal lab. The “Dis­so­ci­a­tor” equip­ment sep­a­rates tis­sues into sin­gle-cell sus­pen­sions for his clin­i­cal research on gas­troin­testi­nal and liv­er can­cers. The equip­ment will ben­e­fit oth­er UCSD labs as well.

HFAC is unique in that all of the mon­ey raised goes direct­ly to the equip­ment pur­chas­es. The Board is made up of vol­un­teers who all have busy careers in var­i­ous indus­tries. SMPS San Diego is proud to sup­port such a wor­thy cause.


One comment on “SMPS San Diego Donates $8,000 to Hope for a Cure Foundation
  1. James Tyler says:

    Always won­der­ful to hear of dona­tions to char­i­ty like this! And any addi­tion­al fund­ing into can­cer research can poten­tial­ly have glob­al ram­i­fi­ca­tions!

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