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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.

Chancellor’s Scholarship and Fellowship Challenge

At UC San Diego, our students are anything but ordinary. And we are committed to ensuring the next generation of changemakers has access to an education that will empower them to transform our world.

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Back in the Race: How Dr. Steve Garfin Saved A Life

Dave Love has been an active athlete his entire life, running some 50 marathons and completing no fewer than 20 full Ironman Triathlons — including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI, seven times —

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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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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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