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UCI’s third annual Anti-Cancer Challenge sets fundraising record

Event proceeds will expand research on prevention, diagnosis and treatment

July 2, 2019
UCI’s third annual Anti-Cancer Challenge sets fundraising record
More than 185 teams and 2,800 individuals rode, ran or walked in the 2019 UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, raising awareness and funds for innovative studies and early-phase clinical trials at UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. UCI Health

Irvine, Calif., July 2, 2019 — At least 18 promising cancer studies and early-phase clinical trials will move forward at the University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, thanks to supporters of the third annual UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, which raised a record $620,000 for cancer research.

More than 185 teams and 2,800 individuals contributed to fundraising through participation in 14-, 35-, 60- and 100-mile bicycle rides and 5K and 10K run/walks on Challenge Day, Saturday, June 8, in the campus’s Aldrich Park.

“We are grateful to the Orange County community for embracing the Anti-Cancer Challenge with more enthusiasm every year,” said Dr. Richard Van Etten, director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Each additional study or early-phase clinical trial that people help to fund will reveal something new about cancer, improving our ability to diagnose, prevent or treat these devastating diseases. This insight has the potential to make life better for the people who trust UCI Health with their cancer care and, at the same time, move science in the direction of a world that is cancer-free.”

While participants completed rides, runs and walks, their friends and families enjoyed the Anti-Cancer Challenge festival in the park, which featured live music; special appearances by Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing and UCI mascot Peter the Anteater; and activities for kids. Many took advantage of complimentary screenings for skin cancer and pediatric vision issues.

“It was gratifying to see more than 3,000 people enjoying the festival this year,” said Jennifer Sarrail, executive director of the Anti-Cancer Challenge. “So much of what the community experiences on Challenge Day is made possible by our many sponsors and donors. We appreciate all those who joined with us to make this a special day and look forward to partnering with even more companies and individuals to make the 2020 event bigger and better.”

Anti-Cancer Challenge sponsors included Monarch Beach Resort, LA Fitness, Hensel Phelps, the Kay Family Foundation, G Companies, the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center, Dunkin’, Hathaway Dinwiddie, Montessori Schools of Irvine, tk1sc, DPR Construction, Pacific Ventures Management, Metagenics, Kitchell, FPL and Associates, Medline Industries, Laboratory for Advanced Medicine, Precision Diagnostics, SmithGroup, Pan-Pacific Mechanical, Miller Environmental, Melissa’s Produce, Hologic and B. Braun Medical.

For information on how to sponsor or volunteer at the 2020 Anti-Cancer Challenge, email Anti-CancerChallenge@uci.edu or call 714-456-7171.

About the Anti-Cancer Challenge: The Anti-Cancer Challenge is a community movement that unites people through rallies, training events and other activities to raise awareness and funds to defeat cancer. All money raised by participants goes directly to cancer research. To date, Anti-Cancer Challenge grants have supported more than two dozen original research approaches to preventing, diagnosing or treating cancer. For more information, visit Anti-CancerChallenge.org.

About the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center: UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of discovering new ways to fight cancer. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Orange County, it combines leading-edge research, pioneering clinical trials and world-class patient care. In 2018 alone, more than 5,600 new patients benefited from the center’s advanced treatment.

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