July 26 2002

Relay for Life Gives Hope to the South Bay

Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista and American Cancer Society Team Up

For twenty-four hours they were on their feet, either walking, running or serving meals, all for a good cause. Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista recently partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer awareness, and help the fight against cancer.

More than 60 Scripps employees and their families participated in the Relay for Life, which raised $1,400 for cancer cures.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event which builds community spirit. Teams come together to honor loved ones and fight cancer by celebrating survivorship and raising money for research and programs of the local American Cancer Society.

“It is a way to go out and have fun, while at the same time helping raise awareness and funds for the South Bay,” says Xuan Nishiguchi, medical social worker and team captain for the Scripps Chula Vista team.

During the event, teams of people gathered at a community college and took turns walking and running laps around the track field. The goal for each team was to keep at least one member on the track at all times. Along with being on the field, many Scripps employees and their families took shifts volunteering at the food and beverage booth provided for the event.

Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that one day, cancer will be eliminated. It has become the American Cancer Society’s largest event.

For Scripps, the return goes beyond personal satisfaction.

“Our department actually utilizes the programs the American Cancer Society offers to the South Bay at no charge,” said Nishiguchi. “These events are what make such programs possible.”

Scripps Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health care delivery system that includes more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, five acute care hospitals, two convalescent hospitals, an ambulatory care network, and home health care services. Scripps employes about 10,000 people in San Diego County and treats more than 525,000 patients annually.

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