Supporting Patient & Family Support Services


Our supporters are vital partners in the quest to improve the lives of those dealing with cancer or other complex illnesses. Donations help us to provide care that would not otherwise be available, support pilot programs and innovations in care, enhance training and education, and fund research centered on providing excellent care for patients and their families. We strive to make the most of every gift, with 94% of any donation going directly to support our care, educational, or research programs.

Giving to Support Our Programs

The support of grateful patients and friends — like you — is vital to all we do. Your generosity can make a major impact on our patients’ lives through our Patient and Family Support Services.

  • To donate online, please visit UC San Diego Online Giving. By using this link, your gift will be directed to the Patient Empowerement Fund, which benefits Patient & Family Support Servivces.
  • To donate by phone, please call the Moores Cancer Center Development Office, (858) 534-8439 and direct your gift to the Patient Empowerment Fund, F-2321.
  • To donate by mail, please use the Make a Gift form. Under “Please tell us where to direct this gift,” click the button next to “For the following area of cancer research and care” and enter in the box: Patient Empowerment Fund, F-2321.
  • To discuss planned giving, please contact Sandy Liarakos, Executive Director of Development, or (858) 246-1569. Through planned giving, donors can include a gift to a charitable institution in their estate plan and take advantage of tax benefits. Gifts to UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center can be made to a specific program or service, such as counseling, writing workshop, acupuncture, music therapy or support groups. If you are leaning toward a particular use for your gift but are unsure about the specifics, we can help you identify potential funding opportunities.

For questions or more information please contact Sandy Liarakos, Executive Director of Development,  or 858-246-1569, or Dr. Scott Irwin, Director of Patient & Family Support Services, or 858-822-5381.

Fundraising Events

Celebrate Hope Reception and Dinner

Each year's Celebrate Hope event honors an extraordinary caregiver. In November 2014, we honored Susan Goldfarb Pidgeon as Extraordinary Caregiver of the Year.

Past Extraordinary Caregivers of the Year

Alicia GwynnThe 2013 event honored Alicia Gwynn as Extraordinary Caregiver of the Year. Her unwavering commitment to the care of her husband and baseball Hall of Famer, Tony, and to countless others stands as a testament to her dedication to, and compassion for, people living with cancer.

To learn about our 2011 and 2012 extraordinary caregivers, see Caregiver Stories.  

Third-Party Events

Third-party events provide support for our programs and give us an opportunity to share our programs with the community. If you are interested in hosting or organizing an event to benefit Patient & Family Support Services, please contact Nicole Villanueva, Development Specialist, or (858) 534-6797.