On July 15, Race To Cure (a nonprofit foundation promoting healthy lifestyles, active sports, medical research, and education) held its inaugural event to promote awareness of early cancer detection. The foundation sponsored a 4-mile swim relay along the Coronado coast with a group of 12 swimmers from the U.S and China national team, and local swimmers.
The kick-off was a huge success garnering over 50 supporters spectating from two boats and resulted in raising over $53,000 in funds for the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD.
Race To Cure was founded by Edward Zhang, Charlotte Zhang, Olivia Oulan Li from Torrey Pines High School and Taylor Shimizu from Canyon Crest Academy, along with recent UCSD graduate Sierra Hewett, and current U.S national swimmer and Team ELITE member Sarah Gibson.
Statistics show that more than 1 in 3 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, while 1 in every 285 children will be diagnosed before their 20th birthday. However, recent research at UCSD has shown great promise in developing blood tests that detect common types of cancer in their earliest stages.