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UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Leaders & Supporters Inspired by Student Donation


By Kim Edwards   |   July 20, 2012

Rosa Parks Elementary exceeds $10K goal, motivates others to donate

Lippman with Rosa Parks students

In May, Scott Lippman, MD, Director, Moores Cancer Center, accepted a check from Rosa Parks Elementary School’s Cancer Prevention Club.

The kids at Rosa Parks Elementary had already lost a classmate to cancer when they found out some of their teachers were battling cancer as well.  Deeply saddened and highly motivated to do something about this devastating disease, the students formed a “Cancer Prevention Club” and dedicated their efforts toward raising research funds for UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

After multiple bake sales, jog-a-thons and extensive community outreach, the kids presented a check for $6,000.00 at the Moores Cancer Center gala in May, a gesture which prompted supporters and donors in the audience to raise an additional $120,000 that evening. 

Parker presented with check

In July, Barbara Parker, MD, met with the kids for a second presentation, for a total donation of $12,245.74.

Meanwhile, the kids continued their fundraising efforts in hopes of reaching their original goal of $10,000.00.  Finally, on July 11, 2012, the students presented a total of $12,245.74 to Barbara Parker, MD, medical director of Oncology Services, at Moores Cancer Center.

Watch the video and interview from KFMB-TV, CBS, Channel 8, San Diego.






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