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(UCSD Press Release)
Georgia Robins Sadler Receives the
Annual Rell Sunn “Queen of Makaha” Award
of Georgia Sadler in the blue gown, with her husband Blair and
friends Dr. Jeffrey and Carol Chang at The Charity Ball in 2005)
La Jolla, California – The Rebecca
and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center today announced that Dr. Georgia
Robins Sadler, BSN, MBA, PhD, the associate director for community
outreach and clinical professor of surgery at the Moores UCSD
Cancer Center, will receive the 2006 Rell Sunn “Queen of
Makaha” Award in recognition of her commitment to the battle
against cancer and serving the community.
The award, established in 1998, is named
after Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, a legendary Hawai’ian
surfer and goodwill ambassador known as the “Queen of Makaha.”
She passed away on Jan. 2, 1998 at the age of 47 after a 15-year
battle against cancer. During her entire fight with the disease,
Rell gave freely of herself and indelibly affected each and every
person with whom she came in contact with.
This perpetual trophy is awarded each year
to the person or persons who best display the qualities shared
by Rell and the UCSD Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational,
which includes the battle against cancer, combined with unselfishness,
compassion and a dedication to helping others that embodies the
true aloha spirit.
The award will be formally presented to
Dr. Sadler at the 13th annual Luau & Longboard Invitational
held at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography on August 20,
“It’s humbling to receive an
award named after such a remarkable woman,” said Dr. Sadler.
“The Rell Sunn award is also inspiring, making you want
to serve the community even more.”
Dr. Sadler is renown for working with members
of the community to effectively bring the message of cancer awareness
and prevention to often-overlooked groups in San Diego, including
the deaf community, African-Americans and the Asian-Pacific community.
Many of these innovative and award-winning efforts work through
culturally relevant settings and groups, such as churches, beauty
salons and specialty grocery stores.
“The most rewarding part of my work
in the fight against cancer is developing partnerships with the
community where we work together toward a common goal,”
said Dr. Sadler, emphasizing the word “together.”
“It’s also the most fun. I get to talk to real people
in real-life situations where they tell me what they need and
what they think might work, and you can see that by working together
we can put together programs that really work and make a difference.”
Dr. Sadler is the incoming president-elect
for the California division of the American Cancer Society. She
also holds, or has held, many key voluntary leadership positions
that enrich the Cancer Center’s relationships in the region
and state. These current and recent past board memberships include:
the San Diego and Imperial Counties Breast Cancer Early Detection
Partnership (and past chairperson); the San Diego Affiliate of
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; American Melanoma
Foundation; WellStart International Board; the California Institute
for Health Systems Performance; the ACS’s Statewide Prostate
Cancer Initiative; and the HomeCare Board of Advisors.
She is also a health adviser to several
of the region’s elected officials, providing counsel on
clinical trials, cancer prevention, and early detection and treatment
issues. Her civic involvement stretches into the arts, as she
has been deeply involved with the San Diego Youth Symphony and
Conservatory for more than a decade. She is the immediate past
president of the organization’s board of directors.
Past winners of the Rell Sunn award include
Dr. J. Craig Venter, chairman of the Board of The Institute for
Genomic Research (TIGR) and the former president and founder of
Celera Genomics; Alex Szekely, a leading advocate of the “total
health” concept - incorporating the well being of one's
body, mind and spirit into a single package for lifelong health
and happiness; and Dr. John Greif, an attending surgeon at Kaiser
Permanente Medical Center in San Diego, where he chairs the Area
The Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau &
Longboard Invitational raises money every year to finance promising
cancer research projects at the UCSD Cancer Center. To date, the
Luau has raised more than $1.5 million for the UCSD Cancer Center.
The UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard
Invitational brings together surfing legends from around the world,
local celebrities and corporate executives to benefit cancer treatment
and research. The event features a friendly but competitive longboarding
contest in the morning, followed by a private luau with Polynesian-themed
food and entertainment, and live and silent auctions of surf memorabilia.
This year’s event will also feature official art from John
Van Hamersveld, creator of the artwork for the iconic surf film
“The Endless Summer.” Van Hamersveld’s art will
be used on event T-shirts and memorabilia.
For more information about sponsorship
opportunities, team entries, tickets and event activities, contact
the Moores UCSD Cancer Center at (858) 822-0023, or visit the
Luau’s Web site at www.longboardluau.org.
About the Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Founded in 1979, UCSD Cancer Center was
recently renamed the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center
in honor of the Moores’ leadership gift to the Center. The
Center is one of just 39 in the United States to hold a National
Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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 center’s mission is to translate promising
scientific discoveries into new and better options for the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and the amelioration of pain.
For more information, visit http://cancer.ucsd.edu.
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