Editor's note: Paul McDonald does not have cancer.
For USC Trojans there is one campus institution arguably more recognizable than the Doheny Library. It is the 901 Club just off campus on Figueroa Street. Not exactly an avenue to higher learning, but certainly an avenue to higher escapism from the pressures of college life.
The second annual 901 Club Reunion in Newport Beach attracted local USC family and friends the evening of Aug. 21, converging upon the Newport Sports Museum in Fashion Island. There was plenty of revelry and reminiscing, but the purpose was not about fun times over beer, football and frat tales.
Rather, the purpose of the evening was about raising money for cancer research. Specifically, the couples paying $275 to attend were funding Kure It!, a cancer research organization established by Trojan Barry Hoeven and his wife, Cinda Galpin Hoeven, with the goal of assisting cancer research scientists working to treat and cure kidney and other cancers. Barry Hoeven takes his goal very seriously — he is battling kidney cancer.