It was arguably the most personal charitable event on the Orange Coast so far this season.
The Diamond and Pearl Ball benefiting the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation was an evening of heartfelt anecdotes of survival infused with life-affirming endorsements of faith and humanity. Person after person, video after video, in intimate detail, told the incredible struggles of people from all walks of life fighting the insidious disease. By the end of the Saturday night gala held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation raised a remarkable $1.1 million.
For those unfamiliar with the goals of Beckstrand, it has an important and unusual focus. It is not about raising money to fund cancer research, rather it is about raising money to support people who can not afford the basic necessities of life when diagnosed with cancer. Think about it.
If you were given the news that you were facing a battle with cancer, would you still be able to work full-time? Would you be able to pay your mortgage or rent? Would you be able to provide for your family? Would your savings go far enough to pay your medical bills not covered by insurance and cover the cost of living during treatment?