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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.

Sponsored by Genentech Oceanside, Survivor Beach is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a free souvenir and will be registered to win a pair of tickets to the 16th annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational. The person who brings the most surfboards will receive a prize. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., August 9 on the beach by Scripps Pier. For more information and directions, please visit http://www.longboardluau.org/survivorbeach.html.

Survivor Beach precedes the annual Luau & Longboard Invitational, which will be held on August 23 and will celebrate 16 years surfing for a cure. Since its founding, the "Longboard Luau" has raised more than $3 million to fund groundbreaking cancer research at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, the region's only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, team entries and tickets for the Luau and Longboard Invitational, contact the Moores UCSD Cancer Center at (858) 822-0023 or visit http://www.longboardluau.org.

Giving to Moores UCSD Cancer Center

The Moores UCSD Cancer Center is dedicated to translating promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. Founded in 1979, it is the only center in San Diego and Imperial counties to hold a National Cancer Center Institute designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is one of just 41 such centers in the United States. 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 Moores UCSD Cancer Center must increasingly rely on financial support from private sources to pursue groundbreaking research and innovative programs. Your generous support helps its physicians and scientists find ways to defeat cancer and continue to provide the most compassionate care possible to patients and families. For more information, please call 858-822-0175 or visit www.cancer.ucsd.edu.

About Genentech

Founded more than 30 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a wholly-owned member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California and a manufacturing and clinical operations facility in Oceanside, California. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.gene.com.


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