University of San Diego to Host the Walk for Hope

Hundreds of members of the University of San Diego community, including USD President Mary E. Lyons, will participate in the 2007 Walk for Hope to cure breast cancer this Saturday, March 24 on the USD campus. The event kicks off at 7:45 a.m. on the plaza of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

More than 400 USD students, faculty, and staff , including many fraternities, sororities, and other clubs and organizations are taking part in the 3 and 5-K walks through the scenic USD campus. Additionally, the Center for Service, Awareness and Action (CASA), the Women’s Center, Associated Students and Greek Life have purchased 300 shirts to show support for the City of Hope.

“We are honored that USD chose to be the host sponsor of the Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer for the second year in a row,” said Robyn LeSage, senior director of Development for the San Diego Regional Office for City of Hope. Truly, this event would not be the magnitude that it is without USD’s generous support. USD has been a blessing to our cause and should be recognized as a compassionate and valuable leader in the San Diego community.”

Currently there are slightly more than 2 million women living in the United States who have been treated for breast cancer.  Research is key to not only treating breast cancer, but also in detecting and even preventing it. City of Hope is redefining the future of breast cancer research, including treatment, clinical trials and screening of the disease. 

City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols impact care throughout the nation. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics and shares its scientific knowledge with medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling serious diseases. For more information, visit

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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