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FRONTLINE CANCER: The value of Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Dr. Scott Lippman

It’s estimated that approximately 14 million Americans alive today have had cancer. Some are cancer-free; some are still fighting it. This year, they will be joined by another 1.6 million persons who will receive that fearful diagnosis. The grim news, of course, is that the ranks of cancer patients are also trimmed each year by death: More than 585,000 annually, a rate second only to heart disease nationally (but first in San Diego).

Scripps Oceanography in La Jolla opens support facility at Seaweed Canyon

margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of oceanography, describes the vast space needed to stage Scripps’ ocean expeditions, which include buoys the size of small trucks.

A dedication was held June 13 for Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s (SIO) new research support facility at Seaweed Canyon (below the Birch Aquarium). The complex of three new prefabricated buildings provides space for assembly and staging support for the institution’s ocean, earth and atmospheric science at sea and in the field.

Under the Sea: Precious ecosystems depicted in La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps photography exhibit

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Octavio Aburto is a storyteller, and the stories he tells with underwater photography will likely take your breath away.

Oil Rigs to Living Reefs: La Jolla’s SIO students tout benefits of program for California

Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson dive under oil rigs to see the sea life there. Courtesy

For their graduate studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), students Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan figuratively and literally dived into their research.

Birch Aquarium in La Jolla welcomes new interim executive director

Steven Schindler

Steven Schindler began June 18, replacing former executive director, Nigella Hillgarth.

‘Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational’ tickets on sale to benefit La Jolla’s UCSD Cancer Center

The surfing tournament features teams of four paired with a surf legend to compete in the contest. Past legends have included Fernando Aguerre, Debbie Beacham and Rob Machado. Courtesy

Now in its 21st year, the Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational (formerly known as the Luau and Longboard Invitational) will kick off 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 on the beach near Scripps Pier.

FRONTLINE CANCER: Reducing the disparities in cancer care

Dr. Scott Lippman

Cancer is a worldwide scourge. Every year, there are more than 14 million new cases and 8 million deaths. Heart disease is still the biggest killer in the United States, but cancer is expected to eventually supersede it. Indeed, cancer is already the leading cause of death in San Diego County.

Benefit to fight ovarian cancer set for June 22

Ed Scheibler, Laura Shawver, Rachel Leheny and Julie and John Crawford. Laura and Julie of La Jolla are ovarian cancer survivors. Courtesy

An evening to celebrate survival, hope and progress in changing the odds for women with ovarian cancer will double as a benefit for the Clearity Foundation, 4-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at the home of Rachel Leheny and Ed Scheibler in Rancho Santa Fe.

Frontline Cancer: Caring collaboration

Dr. Scott Lippman

Many people in our community grieved the loss of San Diego Hospice, which ceased operations in February. It was a large and vital center for the treatment and care of terminally ill patients. But San Diego Hospice served other critical needs as well. It hosted, for example, the largest training program in the country for the extraordinary men and women who seek to become palliative medicine clinicians, doctors specialized in relieving and preventing the suffering of patients.

Princess for a Day: La Jolla girl takes Disney Cruise with Make-A-Wish

The Sahagun-Gonzales family — Santiago, Ivanna, Alé and Alejandra — meet Mickey Mouse during a Make-A-Wish Disney cruise. Courtesy

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Alejandra Sahagun-Gonzales, but her family calls her Alé, and she was very scared of hospitals and needles. But Alé had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, so she regularly visited Rady Children’s Hospital.

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  • VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times July 28, 2014
    By Joseph Franz Wait times at the VA has been a common headline lately. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire as tens of thousands of veterans nationwide have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment. This has caused dozens of investigations and led Veterans Affairs […]
  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]