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Impact Stories: One Gift Can Change Everything

Philanthropic investment can completely transform the heights students, faculty and researchers can reach. A gift can fulfill aspirations, empower talent and bring immense change to our university and our world. Explore our stories below to see the impact a single gift can create.

Levis family

Focus, Determination, and a Commitment to Scientific Innovation

For Joan Levis, her daughter Chloe’s struggle with Crohn’s disease transformed her into a keen fundraiser, a researcher and an advocate for those with “hidden” chronic diseases that are not well understood by most people. It also inspired her to support leading-edge research in Crohn’s disease treatment taking place at UC San Diego, where Chloe’s seven-year battle with the disease finally changed course.

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bill mcgowan

More Than Just Excellent Cancer Care

After a long career leading billion-dollar sales organizations for major media outlets including FOX Television and Discovery Communications, Bill McGowan was enjoying his retirement, splitting his time between New York City and La Jolla, when a diagnosis of esophageal cancer caught him by surprise.

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Albin Leong

Journey Continues for Physician Alumnus

Albin Leong, MD ’77, has lived quite the journey. He grew up in a small town near the coast of Oregon. With the passing of his father, his last surviving parent, during his senior year

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Young girl in classroom

A Promise Undeterred by a Pandemic

On Sept. 9 a record-breaking Digital Day of Giving fundraiser was held by The Preuss School to support the dreams of its scholars. The charter middle and high school, located on the UC San Diego campus, serves low-income scholars who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college.

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