For cancer survivors in Orange County, the “circle” has never been stronger.
Approximately $900,000 was raised recently when Hoag Hospital hosted its annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch. Critically acclaimed actress and best-selling author, Jamie Lee Curtis, was the keynote speaker at the April 28 event. Styling a short neon pink wig, Curtis paid tribute to her friend, Katie Westbrook, a 10-year-old girl who died of cancer in 2001.
“By wearing this wig, I am representing every human being who is fighting for their lives,” said Curtis, whose speech left guests with a sense of inspiration and empowerment. “In this case, it was a young girl fighting for her life. I’m wearing it to remember her courage, her spirit and her energy. She was extraordinary.”
The Circle 1000, which supports the Hoag Family Cancer Institute and was founded in 1987, has raised more than $14.4 million in its 26-year history. Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor, Sandy Sewell, started the group by asking friends to contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually, and then each were tasked with asking their own circle of friends to participate. The Circle 1000 has now expanded to more than 1,000 friends.