The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and Sansum Clinic forged a strategic partnership in 2012, and out of this union re-emerged the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, the financial backbone of the Cancer Center since its inception in 1949. For the past 65 years, thanks to the generosity of patients, foundations and supporters, the Cancer Foundation and its trustees have provided steadfast vision, leadership and support to ensure superior cancer care is available in Santa Barbara. What began with a gift from Elisha Converse of a one-million volt x-ray machine — one of seven in the country at the time — has grown into more than a half-century commitment to unparalleled cancer care for residents on the central coast.
The mission of the Cancer Foundation is to ensure superior cancer care for all citizens of Santa Barbara County regardless of means. To this end, the Foundation is the leading non-profit fundraising and grant making institution dedicated to cancer care in Santa Barbara County. The Cancer Foundation is the largest donor to Cancer Center, the leading provider of cancer care on the central coast.
While the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center continue their diligent work diagnosing and treating those touched by cancer, the Cancer Foundation maintains its singular focus on fundraising and grant making to ensure Santa Barbara remains in the vanguard of cancer care. The Cancer Foundation raises and distributes millions of dollars each year to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara allowing the Center to deliver a higher level of care than would otherwise be possible in a community our size, on par with some of the most renowned cancer centers in the United States.