Tables set and decorated for the Share the Hope Event in the Hearst Ranch Dairy Barn.

French Hospital Medical Center Foundation’s “Share the Hope” event garners $460,000 to help cancer patients

Funds allow the Hearst Cancer Resource Center to provide vital support to local cancer patients and their families at no charge

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – April 14, 2022 – The French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) Foundation is proud to announce that the 13th annual “Share the Hope” event, held on Saturday, April 2, 2012 at Hearst Ranch, resulted in $460,000 to benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) Endowment.

The endowment provides vital long term support for French Hospital’s HCRC, allowing its programs and services to continue providing comfort, support, and information to cancer patients and their families, all at no charge, for many years to come. Thanks to generous donor support and funds raised by “Share the Hope”, all HCRC programs and services are offered to cancer patients and their families at no charge.

More than 160 guests were treated to a champagne reception at the historic Hearst Ranch Senator’s House, followed by a gourmet dinner at Hearst Ranch Dairy Barn, featuring an exciting live auction and live music. Over the past 13 years, “Share the Hope” has raised over $4 million to benefit HCRC programs and services.

“The incredible generosity of the many donors who contributed to this event is overwhelming,” says French Hospital Medical Center President & CEO Alan Iftiniuk. “We are deeply honored for the opportunity to offer such essential resources to educate and assist cancer patients and their families.”

The HCRC collaborates with community and physician partners to provide supportive and educational services necessary for cancer patients to understand their disease, manage treatment, and maintain dignity and quality of life throughout all aspects of their cancer experience.

To donate to the HCRC and support local cancer patients, please visit


About French Hospital Medical Center
French Hospital Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 112-bed acute care hospital located in San Luis Obispo, California. French’s Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine is the area’s most advanced emergency services center. The modern facility is home to the Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center, is the county’s premier cardiac center, providing the latest cardiac and imaging technology, and the Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families.

French Hospital Medical Center together with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, make up Dignity Health Central Coast, a network of hospitals, physicians, and outpatient services including physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a full service home health agency. To learn more, visit