• Founded in 2004 by 5 passionate volunteers
  • No salaries
  • Minimal administrative costs
  • Annual letter writing campaign
  • Annual fundraiser; next one late 2017

Maryjo Highland

Co-Founder, volunteer, cheerleader and President extraordinaire.

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For the last 13 years, Hope For a Cure Foundation has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for researchers who need extra equipment to conduct their research. Find out how you can contribute to the future of a world without cancer through donations of money and/or time.


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Hope for a Cure Foundation's Corporate Sponsor is 
Liedle, Larson, Lidl & VAIL  -  we thank you!

Pictured, L to R:

Matt Liedle, Olga Bastiaannet, Maryjo Highland, Renae Farley

​Accepting Donation from SMPS San Diego, 8/24/17

Every dollar helps our cause, but we also need additional volunteers who are willing to give us a few hours of their time on a committee for our annual fundraising event, letter writing campaign, or several other opportunities.

Hope For a Cure Foundation has a unique mission. We use almost 100% of every donated dollar to purchase equipment for local cancer researchers/physicians in San Diego. We are all volunteers, and this is our passion.

We are currently accepting proposals in order to determine our next physician/scientist recipient. We appreciate your interest and support and will publish that information soon. Stay tuned!


"Leverage Your Beverage Event" 

Donation Announcement (read more here!)

August 24, 2017

On August 24, 2017, the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) donated a check in the amount of $8,000 to Hope For a Cure Foundation (HFAC) at their Member Appreciation end of year party at Fireside Patio, located in Liberty Station. As the 2017 Charity Partner for SMPS San Diego, the Foundation received partial proceeds from their very successful Golf Tournament that took place in June.

SMPS San Diego’s 2017 donation directly 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.

This is HFAC’s 17th equipment purchase since our formation in 2004. The Foundation purchases the equipment, which is then shipped to the researcher(s).

We are deeply honored that SMPS San Diego chose to support our Foundation this year.

The Board of Directors


Matt Liedle

CFO, sponsor (Liedle, Larson, Lidl & Vail), volunteer (and director of music!).

Olga Bastiaannet

Co-Founder, volunteer, survivor, and director of media.

our latest donation

Renae Farley

Volunteer, survivor and advocate for research and early detection.

  • 17 pieces of equipment purchased to date
  • Each recipient carefully chosen based on Foundation guidelines
  • Donated to UCSD Moores Cancer Center; The Salk Institute; The Scripps Research Institute, The Burnham Institute; The Vaccine Institute and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Hope in Action