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By Hannah Fry | September 13, 2013
On day 55 of his journey, Darrian Balongie stopped in Newport Beach to rest and change out his longboard, which had begun to crack from his sometimes rough coast-to-coast voyage. With a 40-pound backpack and bass guitar strapped to his back, the Memphis, Tenn., resident was on the tail end of skateboarding 4,300 miles from New York City to San Diego to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude has a special spot in Balongie's heart: It's the hospital that treated his young cousin so well in the months before his death from acute myelogenous leukemia.
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By Bradley Zint | September 6, 2013
Old-school style on four wheels - and two - is heading to the seashore Sunday. The 10th annual Coastline Car Classic at Corona del Mar State Beach is expected to attract hundreds if not a couple thousand people, who will be able to gaze at more than 130 classic cars and motorcycles. The event, which benefits the Irvine-based Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, is hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate.
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By Chasen Doerr | August 2, 2013
Costa Mesa's Wild Goose Tavern is hosting a luau and pig roast to raise funds for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Wild Goose Tavern, which has been open for less than a year, will donate 50% of the event's sales to the Newport Beach-based foundation, according to a news release. Members of the foundation will sell merchandise from which 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity. Chef Dave Berg will prepare a pig roast for the Aloha-themed event which will also feature a beer garden and cocktail bar with a selection of tropical drinks on tap. "We're looking forward to an incredibly fun event and are pleased to know that the money raised will directly support the fight against cancer through the formidable work of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation," said Wild Goose co-owner Mario Marovic in a statement.
NEWS
June 6, 2013
A Newport Beach nonprofit donated $150,000 toward stem cell research that could slow or reverse heart damage in patients, including those with a specific muscular dystrophy condition, the organization announced last week. Coalition Duchenne gave the money to a Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute team developing a treatment that could help treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients who develop heart disease, according to a news release from the coalition. Boys with Duchenne are born with damage to their hearts that worsens over time, according to Dr. Ron Victor, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 6, 2013
Bill Bisch was in the midst of throwing a football during a family Thanksgiving game when his legs gave out and he fell face down. The 57-year-old San Juan Capistrano resident was quickly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). "MS changed my life dramatically," he said. "Who plans on retiring at 39?" For the second year in a row, Bisch was the top fundraiser at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk MS event, hosted Saturday at UC Irvine. Along with his wife and sons, and members of Team Momentum, he contributed more than $30,000 to the cause.
NEWS
February 22, 2013
Three UC Irvine physical science professors have each earned $50,000 research grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the university announced this week. Chemistry professor Matt Law, assistant mathematics professor Jeffrey Streets and assistant physics and astronomy professor Jing Xia each earned the honor. The winners are selected from 61 institutions across North America. They're picked for their work in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences or physics.
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By Jill Cowan | February 5, 2013
Laguna Beach philanthropists Sue and Bill Gross donated $2 million to help fund the work of Hoag Hospital breast cancer expert Dr. Melvin Silverstein, the hospital announced Monday. The gift establishes the Gross Family Foundation endowed chair in oncoplastic breast surgery, which will allow Silverstein to expand his training of other breast cancer specialists. Hoag's endowed chair system, which is similar to those at academic institutions, gives leaders in a specific field more money and flexibility to pursue innovative treatment methods.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
CureDuchenne, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit that funds research into a form of muscular dystrophy, is auctioning off two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII, courtesy of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The package, which is valued at $5,000, includes Matthews' two terrace-level tickets to the game Feb. 3, plus four nights at the Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel, according to the nonprofit's website. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects one in 3,500 boys and is the most common form of muscular dystrophy, the website says.
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December 19, 2012
UC Irvine's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park research center just got a $2.8-million windfall, according to a news release from the university. The California Wildlife Conservation Board awarded the facility the Proposition 84 funds for new construction. Biologists, astronomers, anthropologists and other scientists use the center in eastern San Diego County. The money matches another $2.8 million UCI spent on seismic upgrades at the facility. The Conservation Board grant will fund a new lab building, a dormitory for 24 students, a long-term apartment complex for researchers, a locker room, storage, lighting and parking.
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By Bradley Zint | December 6, 2012
He likely doesn't know it, but Goose Gossage can be credited in helping lead a Newport Beach team to national victory. The former major league pitcher's distinctive facial hair so inspired John Cornuke, the captain of Team Nuclear, that he decided to grow some just like it. Then Cornuke, along with more than 180 other guys, used their mustaches to inspire others to donate to Movember. They became the top fundraising team in America and fifth worldwide. Their victory, though, is really for all men. The $177,195 that Team Nuclear raised throughout November will go toward Movember's initiatives supporting prostate and testicular cancer awareness and research.
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