Annual SPARK Gala
Local Couple Helps Ignite the Fight Against Cancer
San Diego community members, physicians, and cancer survivors came together to “ignite the fight against cancer” at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s 34th Annual Gala – also known as the SPARK Gala. The gala was co-chaired by 92067 residents Wanda and Cam Garner, who know firsthand how destructive cancer can be. Four generations of Cam’s family have been affected by various forms of cancer, which is why the local husband and wife worked hard to make SPARK a night to remember.
SPARK was held at the Grand Del Mar and provided an opportunity for the community to recognize the advances made in the fight against cancer. A cocktail reception, dinner, auction, and special performance by actress and singer Megan Hilty – who made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked – were provided for guests throughout the evening.
The gala garnered more than $2 million and all proceeds benefited research and patient care at the Moores Cancer Center. Funds will also help the center to launch a new Cancer Immunotherapy Program. Part of the UCSD health system, Moores Cancer Center is one of just 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country – and the only one in the San Diego region. This year marks their 10th anniversary. “We want to be sure that San Diego has a world-class cancer center, with the best doctors and researchers, so that no one here needs to leave in order to receive the highest quality of care,” shared Cam.