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Longboard and Luau event to raise money for UCSD Cancer Center

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - The 18th annual Longboard Invitational & Luau is scheduled Sunday to raise money for the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

The event at La Jolla Shores allows participants to test their skills with surfing legends before enjoying a traditional Polynesian luau, with music and surf memorabilia.

"The Luau and Longboard Invitational is an extraordinary illustration of the community's support of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and its achievements in research, patient care and cancer prevention," said Dr. Thomas Kipps, the center's interim director. "Charitable support from this event helps fuel the groundbreaking discoveries that are happening at the center every day."

More than $5 million has been raised over the years at the event.

The former director of the center, Dr. Dennis Carson, will be presented with the Rell Sunn Queen of Makaha Award, who helped open the facility and ran it until last month. Rell Sunn was a Hawaiian surfer and supporter of the La Jolla event until she died of breast cancer.

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