Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB) has selected four Cancer Support Community Oncology Heroes of the Year who will be honored at the
Celebration of Hope Garden Party & Awards Dinner, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.
For tickets, visit www.cancersupportvvsb.org/celebration-of-hope.
This year’s event starts a tradition of paying tribute to oncology supportive care professionals. The Oncology Nurses of the Year are Shauna A. Lotz, RN; Heather Kellis-Young, RN; and Meghan Cleary, RN. Kayo Matsumoto, MS, LMFT has been selected as
CSCVVSB Staff Member of the Year.
They are being recognized for their extraordinary dedication to their patients and their
“She quickly earns her patients’ trust letting them know they are seen, heard and in a safe place,” said one nominator.
A patient nominator said, “An infusion room can be such a sad place, but with her personality, sense of humor and kindness, she made it bearable.”
In recognition of their work, each honoree received a Glam Day, hosted by Salon Nuuvo in
Calabasas with styling from NIX Collection.
“This glam day experience was a meaningful way to celebrate my accomplishments and re-charge, coming away feeling refreshed and appreciated. I will remember this day forever,” said Cleary.
“As I went through treatment, my nurses truly made a world of difference. I don’t know what I would have done without them,” said 2023 event chair Mona Hoss. “Their dedication inspires my commitment to return the favor, and I’m happy that we can honor these heroes, so they receive the thanks they deserve.”
Sponsors helping to support the event include UCLA Health, Bill & Joanne Miller Charitable Trust, The Cassar Family Foundation, and Seagen.
At the dinner guests will get a glimpse into the oncology heroes’ day-to-day heartfelt work during a sit-down conversation from the stage.
The evening will also feature silent and live auctions, a wine pull, and a chance to win mystery boxes filled with swag from national brands.
This event gathers colleagues, friends, and loved ones who have been impacted by cancer to connect, share stories, and honor the local oncology heroes. Money raised will support families and individuals impacted by cancer.
CSCVVSB is an independently governed and funded nonprofit and an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. CSCVVSB serves an average of 2,000 adults and children impacted by cancer each year with programs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and West San Fernando Valley. Programs are provided at no cost to participants.