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UCI Health supporters Sue and Ralph Stern recognized for their philanthropy

November 12, 2019
UCI Health supporters Sue and Ralph Stern

UCI Health supporters Sue and Ralph Stern 

Credit: Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG

IN THE NEWS: Philanthropists and UCI Health supporters Sue and Ralph Stern are being recognized this year with the Legacy Award on National Philanthropy Day, according to a profile in the Orange County Register. The Sterns are well-known for their widely diverse philanthropic interests that continue to expand each year:

In 2014, the Sterns focused their philanthropy on healthcare, donating close to $7 million to UC Irvine and establishing the Sue and Ralph Stern Center for Cancer Clinical Trials and Research at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is part of UCI Health. The gift enhanced UCI’s involvement in cancer research and increased the ability of UCI cancer specialists to sponsor clinical trials, which test the safety and effectiveness of potentially new treatments.

UCI Health is where Sue Stern was successfully treated for a spinal cord tumor. The Sterns also have donated to other researchers at UCI studying malignant spinal cord and brain tumors as well as cancers. They further served on the advisory boards of both UCI Health and the Samueli College of Health Sciences, focused on integrative health. In 2016, the Sterns were honored with the UCI Health Hero Award.

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