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June 2, 2023

ASB picks beneficiary for annual drive

Courtesy of San Benito High School:

San Benito High School 1984 alumnus George Ocampo, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in April 2018, has been selected as this year’s ASB (Associated Student Body) Beneficiary. Throughout the year, students will work with the community to raise money to help George and his family in their time of need.

Last year, the Benefit Drive raised a record $30,004 for the family of Baler alumnus Eddie Matthews, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an ATV accident.

Born and raised in Hollister, George was a three-sport athlete at SBHS, playing soccer, baseball and football. His wife and high school sweetheart, Trisha, daughters Dana and Ali, and son Troy, are all alumni as well.

George loved to work, but has not been able to since receiving his diagnosis. When not at treatment, he spends his days visiting with friends, watching movies he loves, and hanging out with his grandpup, Roger.

In December of 2018 the scans showed his cancer had spread to George’s liver. He participated in an unsuccessful clinical trial at UCSF for two months and has been hospitalized numerous times over the last year and a half. He is doing his very best to stay strong and battle.

George has always been active in the community as a coach for Hollister Heat, Hollister Little League as well as an umpire in Hollister and throughout the Central Coast. In the various nominations for George to be this year’s Beneficiary, it was noted that “he is the kind of person who would do anything to help anyone. He is an exceptional husband, father, son, grandfather, friend and coach. His smile is contagious and his faith is extraordinary. He is a true warrior.”

San Benito High School students will begin the donation process at this Friday’s Homecoming Rally, when students are encouraged to donate during a “Miracle Minute” as part of a class competition. More information will be forthcoming about community fundraisers for George and his family.