Hooked on Hope, Inc., is a local, non-profit organization established in 2009 raising funds for uninsured and under insured breast cancer patients across all Tampa Bay Communities. This grass roots organization, managed entirely by a team of talented, dedicated volunteers, serves the breast cancer patients of Tampa Bay in a number of creative and effective ways.
The organization began when two sisters, Captain Lori Deaton and Mary Ostien, could not find any fishing tournaments benefiting local breast cancer programs. So the sisters combined Lori’s expertise as a professional fishing guide and Mary’s background in oncology healthcare and education to do something for breast cancer patients in the Tampa Bay communities.
Hooked on Hope raises funds through an annual inshore fishing tournament, silent auction, pamper party, golf tournament, sponsorships, and general donations. In-kind services and community partnerships also sustain the organization. Funds are disbursed year-round to patients undergoing treatment. Funds are allocated for doctor visit co-payments, hospital co-payments, and living expenses. Hooked on Hope also partners with physicians, hospitals, and lymphedema specialists to provide physical therapy and garments for patients who suffer from lymphedema.
Today, the organizations holds steadfast because of its talented, dedicated executive leadership, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and the Tampa Bay Communities! It is because of the support of our communities that Hooked on Hope can continue its missions of …. “Making a world of difference right here in the Tampa Bay communities.”
The organization is committed to making a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families for many years to come.
Hooked on Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization * EID #26-1986514