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Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational Celebrates 16 Years of 'Surfing for a Cure' to Raise Funds for Cancer Research
Date:7/27/2009

or trophies, but the emphasis is not on skill level but rather participation and support for cancer research. Following the invitational, a ceremonial conch will be blown at 11:30 a.m. to signal the beginning of the luau, which will feature a sumptuous buffet, live music and traditional Polynesian dance presentations as well as live and silent auctions. Another highlight of the event is the presentation of the Rell Sunn "Queen of Makaha" Award, which was established in memory of Sunn, a Hawaiian surfer and longtime Luau & Longboard Invitational supporter who lost her battle to breast cancer. This year's recipient is David Easter, M.D., director of the General Surgery Residency Program at UC San Diego.

For the second year in a row, Pfizer will continue its support as title sponsor of the event. As part of their sponsorship, the pharmaceutical company will support its own team of surfing scientists as well as the Thrivers' Team, which is comprised of surfers who have successfully fought cancer.

"We are proud to support and participate in the Luau and Longboard Invitational again this year," said Catherine Mackey, Ph.D., Site Director of Pfizer's R&D facility in La Jolla. "We salute the researchers at Moores UCSD Cancer Center and Pfizer La Jolla for their innovative research into the causes and cures for cancer."

The surfing competition is free for viewing; a ticket to the luau fundraiser is $150. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, team entries, tickets and event activities, contact the Moores UCSD Cancer Center at (858) 822-0023, or visit the event website at http://www.longboardluau.org.

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