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Circle 1000 Celebrates $840,000 Raised for Hoag Family Cancer Institute at 29th Annual Founders’ Celebration Brunch

Shannon Miller, author and the most decorated gymnast in American history, inspired the audience with her story.

Hoag Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that the 29th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch raised $840,000 to benefit the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. More than 350 Circle 1000 donors and friends, along with Hoag physicians and staff, gathered on May 9 to celebrate a legacy of service to those affected by cancer.

"I am honored to be part of such as an extraordinary community that is so committed to making a difference in the fight against cancer," said Sheryl Anderson, chair of the 29th Annual Founders' Celebration Brunch. "Thank you all for being here today and for supporting one of our community’s greatest resources, Hoag Family Cancer Institute, which has now become a leading center of excellence not only in Orange County but across the country."

Shannon Miller, author and the most decorated gymnast in American history, inspired the audience with her story of resilience through her battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She urged all women and men to make their health a top priority.

“I can’t thank all of you enough for the efforts you have made and continue to make to fight against cancer,” she said. “What you’re doing saves lives in more ways than one. It’s not just about helping those dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but also making sure that we have those diagnostic tools that we need to detect cancer earlier. When we have more options for treatment we can have more survivors and of course, one day we’ll have the cure.”

Miller is the only American to rank among the top-10-all-time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice. In 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She is currently cancer free and continues to advocate for early detection. Miller recently released her new book It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.

Circle 1000 was founded by Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor, Sandy Sewell in 1987. She gathered a group of friends and asked them each to contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually. She also tasked them with asking their own circle of friends to participate. From the powerful bonds of friendship, Circle 1000 grew to more than 1,000 friends who have collectively raised more than $15 million for Hoag in the last 29 years.

To learn more about Circle 1000 underwriting opportunities, please contact Shannon Spurgin at 949-764-7205 or Shannon.Spurgin@hoag.org

About Hoag Hospital Foundation

Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has become one of the nation’s finest health care systems and serves a diverse and growing population. Hoag Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hoag (a separate 501(c)(3) corporation), is an integral partner in Hoag’s vision to become a trusted and nationally recognized health care leader. Under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation launched Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate &Transform with a goal of $627 million by 2020. Comprehensive in the truest sense of the word, the Hoag Promise campaign encompasses every institute, center and specialty area of Hoag and includes programs, innovation opportunities, research, technology, facilities and staff to drive Hoag’s continued clinical leadership, innovative spirit and transformative potential.


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