UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Gala benefits ‘bench-to-bedside’ research


San Diego community members, physicians and cancer survivors came together April 25 at the Grand Del Mar for SPARK Gala, an evening to “ignite the fight against cancer.” The gala featured a cocktail reception, dinner, auction and special performance by actress and singer Megan Hilty, who made her Broadway debut as Glinda in “Wicked.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit patient care and research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, including helping to launch a new Cancer Immunotherapy Program.

The funds will make possible groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials with novel drugs and vaccines as well as an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer. The Cancer Immunotherapy Program at Moores Cancer Center is unique to only a handful of academic medical centers around the country. Visit

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