The Social Diary ~
A Look Back at the Great Events of 2006 -
Things Heated Up at 13th Annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational
credit - Jeremiah
January 29th, 2007
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer
Mix together an incredible La Jolla summer day on the beach, Polynesian dancers, surf legends, a 'friendly' surf competition, a lot of Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center supporters, and you have the 13th Annual Luau and Longboard Invitational. It might have been number thirteen, but the event was completely lucky in terms of fun and fundraising. Over $220,000. That brings the collective years' total to well over $1 million raised for cancer research and education purposes.
The Luau dancers
And a slew of surf legends gathered to help out in that spirit.
Yana Deaton and Joey Cabell zipped in from Hawaii as did Rabbit Kekai. Surfing Hall of Famer L.J. Richards was there too. So was Jock Sutherland, Debbie Melville Beacham, Mike Hynson, Robert August, Wingnut, Mike Doyle, Linda Benson, Carl Ekstrom, Jericho Poppler, Mark Martinson, Skip Frye, Woody Ekstrom, John Peck, Joyce Hoffman, David Nuuihwa and a host of other surf legends.
Surf teams sponsored mainly by construction and biotech companies jumped into the spirit. But it was the Walton Family Foundation, that's the WalMart family owners to you and me, that won, and won big. Not the first time either. No surprise with the big Walton Family cheer squad, one of whom has lots to cheer about as an 11 year lymphoma survivor. Patty Hambleton summed the event up succinctly:
"It was a beautiful La Jolla beach day and a true celebration of the enormous strides that our local medical and biotech community have made possible in fighting cancer."
And that was the spirit that Chairperson Paul Cleary and supporters exuded. Among the many guests were Gabby and John Otterson, Anne Otterson, Kate Adams, Christy Walton, Margo Schwab, Nancy and Fred Borrelli, Bettina Borrelli, Buzzy DuPont, J.J. the Police Officer, Event Poster Artist John Van Hamersveld and Anita Post, Murray Palmer, Yvette and Sam Iacobellis, and Georgia and Blair Sadler. That's Georgia Sadler, the 2006 recipient of the Rell Sunn Award.
Robins Sadler, BSN, MBA, PhD, is the Associate Director for community
outreach and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Moores UCSD
Cancer Center. The 2006 Rell Sunn “Queen of
Makaha” Award she received was in recognition of her commitment to the battle
against cancer and serving the community.
Rell Sunn, the award's inspiration, was more than
a surfer, and more than a person who battled breast cancer for almost two decades. She lived with grace, and
the aloha spirit of giving. In fact
Rell described that giving spirit
simply. "You give and you give
and you give … and give from
here (the heart), until you have nothing
else to give." And she did until
her 15 year battle with breast cancer
consumed her. But, at the Moores UCSD
Luau & Longboard Invitational,
her spirit goes on.
that spirit of giving thrives in Georgia Sadler. She is preceded by a list of other
very worthy Rell Sunn Award recipients.
They are: Dr. David Tarin, Bill Otterson, Dani Grady,
Charles Gorder Sr., Dr. Mark Renneker,
Dr. J. Craig Venter, Alex Szekely
and Jon Greif.
Event volunteer, Bill Andrews, or BA, a cancer survivor himself had these words of wisdom.
"I think that the most important messages to take-away from an event like this are:
1. If you have cancer, you're not alone.
2. A full recovery is the first option - the money raised at this event goes toward the research that may help you or a loved one to survive.
3. Giving-in to cancer is not an option.
4. If the doctors give you 3 - 6 months to live, as I was about 25 years ago, sometimes their charts, graphs and statistics are wrong.
5. The goal is to survive, to beat the cancer, and to tell about it [survival] - you never know when someone you don't know takes your message to heart - and they too, survive.
What a great feeling it is to transmit a message of faith, hope, and optimism - there is not a better way to go through life - at least in my opinion."
That's faith, hope and optimism backed by a lot of scientific strides in cancer research and cancer prevention.
About the Moores UCSD Cancer Center
"Founded in 1979, UCSD Cancer Center was
renamed the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center
in honor of the Moores’ leadership gift to the Center. The
Center is one of just 39 in the United States to hold a National
Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting
basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient
care and serving the community through outreach and education
programs. The center’s mission is to translate promising
scientific discoveries into new and better options for the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and the amelioration of pain.
For more information, visit http://cancer.ucsd.edu."
Scott Johnston, David Nuuihwa and J.J. ** Patty and Quique Hambleton ** Beach scene
J.J. with Scott Johnston, Yana Deaton and Joey Cabell
Coco Tihanyi Co-Owner and Founder of Surf Diva with her family ** Guests ** Endless Summer movie's Mike Hynson
Blair and Georgia Sadler with Jock Sutherland ** Guylyn Cummings ** Luau dancer
Guest with Paul and Charla Mullen ** Stephanie Hoffman with her daughter Courtney
Bruce Brown with Wingnut and Rabbit Kekai
Murray Palmer ** Leilani Hull
Artist John Van Hamersveld and Anita Post ** Linden Blue
Bill Andrews and friend ** Joyce Hoffman on right with her best friend
Woody Ekstrom and Linda Benson ** Rabbit Kekai with his wife
Yana Deaton with a friend ** Buzzy DuPont
The John Moores table after bidding and buying a surfboard for $55,000
Kate Adams ** Yvette and Sam Iacobellis
Joyce Hoffman ** Guests
Carl Ekstrom ** Marianne ** Rabbit Kekai
Rabbit Kekai with Bruce Brown ** Blair Sadler, Anne Otterson, and Georgia Sadler
Yana Deaton and Joey Cabell with L.J. Richards ** Family posing with surfboard
Chairperson Paul Cleary ** Carol Saikhon on right with friend
Jeff Hamby ** John Hoffman with son
* Margo Schwab has
produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media
organizations since 1989. Schwab has a college degree
from Scripps College and a Masters of Business
degree from the University of San Diego.
Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also
continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation.
Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary. Margo is currently writing a book based on La Jolla.
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