Letter to Friends and Community Members

In 2003 Christian's family and friends gathered for a benefit to raise money in her name for Brain Tumor Research. In 2004 this benefit became known as the Christian Hamel Memorial Benefit for Brain Tumor Research.

The generous donations from the Santa Cruz and surrounding communities for the previous Christian Hamel Memorial Benefits for Brain Tumor Research have raised approximately $50,000. Our beloved daughter and dear friend, who lost her seven year battle with brain cancer on April 17, 2004, inspired these events.

Christian's amazing spirit and refusal to let the disease define her life continue to motivate our efforts. Through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and four brain surgeries, she worked at El Palomar Restaurant, raised her daughter, Lorrynn, surfed as much as possible and amazed all of us who knew her. She is greatly missed.

Although Christian's life could not be saved, her parents and friends hope that your donations will help to prevent such tragic losses in the future. The fourth Christian Hamel Memorial Benefit for Brain Tumor Research will be held on September 28, 2008 at the Ideal Bar & Grill at the entrance to the Santa Cruz Wharf. Our goal this year is to raise $25,000. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to Brain Tumor Research. Go to Brain Tumor Research Donation for information about how you can make a donation.

The City of Santa Cruz will be proclaiming September as "Brain Tumor Awareness Month" and September 28, 2008 as "Christian Hamel Day in Santa Cruz". Please join us in honoring Christian and supporting Brain Tumor Research this September.


Christian Hamel Memorial Benefit for Brain Tumor Research 2008
-- Benefit Steering Committee

Georgia Hamel & Christopher McGriff
Lorrynn Hamel-Domhoff
Judy Stenovich
Sarah Johnson
Erin Scholz

Go to Events in September 2008 for information about these events to raise money for Brain Tumor Research:

  • El Palomar and Cilantros 2008 Charity Golf Tournament, September 15
  • Woodstock Pizza, September 18
  • Wine and Cheese Social Fundraiser, September 20
  • Christian Hamel Memorial Benefit at Ideal Bar & Grill, September 28

Web site by C Allison Design