RANCHO SANTA FE — The second annual Celebration of Life will be held July 31 at The Bridges Country Club, 6670 Avenida del Duque.
The event will feature a walk, dinner and silent auction. Walk participants are now securing sponsors and a number of local businesses, such as Taylor Made, Penta water, Facelogic and others have donated items for the event’s silent auction. The individual registration fee for the event has recently reduced to $125; walk team registration is also only $125 per participant. To walk or sponsor someone who is, visit www.active.com/donate/casd2010.
In a survey released recently by Giving USA Foundation, 2009 was the second worst year for charitable giving since 1956, when the foundation started its reports. According to some reports, 25 percent of San Diego County cancer patients will be diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and of those, 33 percent will be unable to pay their medical bills. Another 25 percent will face homelessness.
“This is an epidemic situation,” said Cancer Angels of San Diego founder and Encinitas resident Eve Beutler. “Without our help, at least 100 people would have been put out on the street and probably would have died of cancer there.”
As a relatively small nonprofit organization, Beutler said, she and her Cancer Angels are able to pass nearly every penny they raise in donations onto the people they help. Money is paid directly to landlords, mortgage holders and utility companies, not the clients themselves. The organization also offers its clients gift cards for groceries, clothing, gasoline, and other essential services.
And, in contrast to some other charities, Cancer Angels of San Diego commits to each of its clients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer for as long as they are in treatment or unable to work.
“We just heard that the (local) organization that helps breast cancer patients can only help them for a maximum of nine months (now) as they were given no funding by the ‘larger’ breast cancer 501(c)3 this year,” said Beutler, adding that at any given time Cancer Angels has at least five or more deserving people on the waiting list. “We are still the only charity in the country that does this kind of thing.”
To learn more about Cancer Angels of San Diego and view the short documentary “The Forgotten Ones,” visit www.cancerangelsofsandiego.com
For more information about CASD or The Second Annual Celebration of Life event, contact Eve Beutler at (760) 942-6346 or e-mail [email protected]