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Cancer Support Community Raises Over $3 Million for New Permanent Home

Published on Monday, January 23, 2023 | 6:36 am

Cancer Support Community (CSC) Pasadena has raised over $3 million for the purchase and renovation of its new permanent facility in Sierra Madre, the organization announced. 

Funds will go towards the permanent facility CSC can call home after 33 years of providing support and education for free to all people impacted by cancer from three leased locations.

“The quiet phase (first phase of the fundraising campaign) was completed in July of 2022. Thanks to our lead donors, we raised funds needed for our down payment. Now, six months later, the public phase (second phase) which is ongoing, we have reached a milestone – topped $3 million,” CSC Executive Director Patricia Ostiller said about “Be the Key” campaign. 

According to Ostiller, CSC has begun extensive interior renovations in its new facility. 

“Framing has begun and is nearly complete. We are on a tight timeline but we have a great architect, Rob Tyler of Tyler+ Kelly and an equally great construction team, Reaume Richardson,” Ostiller added.

Through its “Be the Key” campaign, the support community organization aims to raise a minimum of $3.75 million for their permanent facility. 

Ostiller said there is $750,000 left to raise before the new building’s grand opening in summer of 2023.

“Funds will support the interior renovations needed to facilitate program delivery and increase the organization’s reserves for building maintenance.” 

To raise the remaining $750,000, Ostiller said CSC will continue submitting proposals to other foundations. It will also host small fundraising gatherings in donors’ homes in February and March.

“We invite the community to support our move to our new, permanent home,” said Ostiller.


Last August, CSC announced that they purchased a 7,000-square foot facility in Sierra Madre, which would soon be its permanent home. The purchase was made possible through the “Be the Key” capital campaign. 

The nonprofit plans to move to its new facility in Spring of 2023.

CSC executives are making the move so the nonprofit will no longer face annual rent increases, disruption of programs and repeated displacements from moving repeatedly after its lease terms expire, said Ostiller in August. 

The “Be the Key” capital campaign was launched with a series of transformative gifts, starting with a $1 million gift from Ellen & Harvey Knell, followed by major commitments from the Valenta Family, Terri & Jerry Kohl, and LeeAnn & Ron Havner, according to CSC.

Over 115 individual donors, including CSC Board of Directors, have also made cash gifts and multi-year pledges to support the campaign. 

According to Ostiller, grants have also helped push the campaign’s progress to over $3 million. The CSC has received grants from The Ahmanson Foundation, Ann Peppers Foundation, Fitzberg Foundation, Oak Tree Racing Association and Patron Saints Foundation.

Additional grant applications totalling $100,000 are still pending, as per Ostiller. 

Founded in 1990, CSC provides professionally facilitated support groups, educational workshops, and healthy lifestyle classes for cancer patients and their families, all for free. It has so far served over 30,000 individuals.

“Our goal is to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. Thanks to the incredible number of donors to this once-in-a-lifetime campaign, we will always be present – in our permanent home – as long as cancer continues to challenge families in our shared community,” said Ostiller. 

For more information on how to donate to CSC’s “Be The Key” capital campaign visit:

Visit or call 626-796-1083 to learn more about the other ways to support the non-profit and residents battling cancer.

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