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Local doctors spearhead Surfing for Hope event

Posted: Thursday, Nov 8th, 2012


Courtesy photo. Local surf legend and cancer survivor Bob Voglin stands alongside a surfboard that will be raffled off during the Surfing for Hope benefit dinner and auction tonight at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Atascadero residents and doctors Thomas Spillane and Karen Allen are joining forces with local surfing legend Bob Voglin to inspire those who have been affected by cancer and raise funds for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center during the first annual Surfing for Hope event this weekend.

Voglin, known around the Central Coast as “Helmet Bob,” is a cancer survivor and the brain child behind the event. At the age of 54, Voglin was diagnosed with tongue cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes in his neck. After being treated with radiation and chemotherapy in San Luis Obispo, Voglin is celebrating seven years of being cancer-free.

The event begins today with a 5 p.m. Sunset Paddle-Out and Memorial Ceremony at Avila Beach.

A luau-themed benefit dinner will follow the paddle out at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at 6 p.m. at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

The fun continues on Saturday with the Longboard Surf Contest and Health Fair at the Pismo Beach pier from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Onsite registration for the surfing contest begins at 6 a.m. at the south side of the pier.

For additional information, to buy tickets for the Surfing for Hope Benefit Dinner or to sign up for the Surf Contest, please visit http://surfingforhope.com or call the French Hospital Medical Center Foundation at 542-6496.

For the complete article see the 11-09-2012 issue.

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