Maryjo Highland

Co-Founder, volunteer, cheerleader and President extraordinaire.


save lives


  • Founded in 2004 by 5 passionate volunteers
  • No salaries
  • Minimal administrative costs
  • Annual letter writing campaign
  • Annual fundraiser; next one late 2019


local research

Renae Farley

Volunteer, survivor and advocate for research and early detection.

Meet Our board

​​​our latest donation

For the last 15 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.

Olga Bastiaannet

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

Reach Out

Share our mission with others in your circle, and together, we'll make a greater difference!

​​​​about dr. sharabi's research

As a result of the individual donations - and the donation received from the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) who chose HFAC as their Charity Partner for a second year - the 2018 funds benefited Dr. Andrew B. Sharabi, a physician, researcher and professor at UCSD Medical Center. Pictured below is the much needed automated cell counter purchased for his lab.

With the option for a reusable slide and fluorescence capabilities—brightfield and two user-changeable fluorescence channels—the Invitrogen Countess II FL Automated Cell Counter can count cells, monitor fluorescent protein expression, and measure cell viability in as little as 10 seconds. The cell counter contains advanced auto-focusing and counting algorithms to allow the researcher to quickly and accurately identify and count cells within a population. 

This is HFAC’s 20th 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 these donors have chosen Hope for a Cure Foundation and the needs of Dr. Sharabi's Lab.

The Board of Directors

Juliana Hastings

Volunteer, donor and proponent for more research.

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.

next Project

​​Hope for a Cure Foundation's Corporate Sponsor is 
Liedle | Larson | VAIL  -   we thank you!

Our Mission

Adria Cammeyer

Volunteer, donor and advocate for finding a cure.

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!


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UCSD Moores Cancer Center - Donors View

Dr. Sharabi's Lab, October 2018

Sharabi Lab Team, left to right:

Philip Dominick Sanders, BS, Laboratory Manager/Research Associate; Dr. Sayuri Miyauchi, DDS, PhD, Post Doc; Sangwoo "Shaun" Kim, BS, Medical Research Student Fellow; Dr. Andrew B. Sharabi, MD, PhD, Primary Investigator. 

​Donors, Left to Right:

David  Bienstock, Juliana Hastings, Hunter Hastings (not pictured - Adria and Ira Cammeyer)

  • 20 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

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Matt Liedle

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