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Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational Hosts Survivor Beach Aug. 9
Date:7/10/2009

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Surfers, cancer survivors and supporters will gather on Sunday, August 9 on the shore of the Pacific Ocean with a special purpose: to show their support for the fight against cancer. As participants in the third annual Survivor Beach, they will place their surfboards in the sand, one-by-one, nose-to-tail, with the goal of forming the world's longest line of surfboards. The line will start at Scripps Pier and continue down La Jolla Shores beach. Survivor Beach was established in 2007 to bring members of the community together to create a symbol of support for cancer research and for the survivors and others who have been affected by the disease. The event will take place from 8-11 a.m. and is hosted by the Moores UCSD Cancer Center as a precursor to its 16th annual Luau and Longboard Invitational.

"Survivor Beach is a powerful symbol of the community's commitment to supporting the quest for a cure for cancer," said Dennis Carson, MD, director of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

Last year, more than 200 people joined the event to create a line of record length. "Since the founding of Survivor Beach, we have seen a tremendous response," said Jessica Yingling, this year's co-chair of the Luau and Longboard Invitational. "The impressive turnout is a testament to the community's deep support for cancer research and willingness to join in making a stand in the fight against cancer."

According to the American Cancer Society, advancements in early detection and new treatments over the past decade have reduced the annual number of deaths from cancer by 16 percent. However, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States and one in three will have cancer at some point in their lives. That is why it is important to continue to support further research into the disease, prevention and potential treatments.

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