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Help Us Meet the Healing Foods Program Match

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Raised toward our $50,000 Goal
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Project ended on June 30, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Help Us Meet the Healing Foods Program Match

Researchers and clinicians at the Moores Cancer Center have been investigating the diet-cancer link since 1993. During the last 25 years, they have found evidence of important dietary and lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risks of cancer, assist in coping with a cancer diagnosis and its therapies, and enhance life after treatment into survivorship.

Focusing on Nutrition

Through our program, participants receive evidence-based nutrition information and obtain accurate state-of-the-science information from nutrition professionals. Food demonstration classes and seminars each month focus on a nutrition feature. A roaming Nourishment and Education Cart provides recipes and a chance to discuss nutrition services with a registered dietician.

Inspiring Healthy Eating

Class participants have the opportunity to taste new foods, learn how to prepare recipes, and plan healthy meals where most if not all recipe ingredients can be purchased at a local grocery store. Participants receive educational handouts that include the class recipes with nutrient calculations. The goal of each class is to inspire healthy eating with easy, delicious and accessible menus tailored to each phase of the cancer journey. Many participants have reported that they successfully prepared the recipes for family and friends, sharing with them not only the food, but also the awareness of creating a healthy lifestyle, and the joy of cooking together and sharing food together.

Making an Impact

  • A growing number of cancer patient and caregivers benefit.
  • In 2016-2017, this program reached 840 patients and caregivers.
  • In 2017-2018, we reached 3672 patients and caregivers.
  • More than 1,100 donors have contributed a total of more than $700,000 to support the free classes and cooking demonstrations.

Help Us Meet the Match

Thanks to the generosity of Anne Daigle and Rich Heyman, they have pledged to match $100,000, dollar-for-dollar, donations to the Healing Foods Program.  Your gift will help us reach this important goal. 

Three great ways to donate:

Online - use the buttons on your right to select an amount.

Via mail- Send your donation to:

           Kristin Waller-Donovan

           UC San Diego Health

           9500 Gilman Drive


            La Jolla, CA 92093

Via phone - 858-246-2796

If you have questions, please contact, Kristin Waller-Donovan at or 858-246-2796.


What Participants Are Saying

“The classes have taught me how to make quick and nutritious meals and suggested shortcuts (I’ve added cooking appliances and tools). I’ve gotten more interested in preparing and eating fresh foods that will have positive impacts on my health and will help me fight cancer. This nutrition series needs to be fully integrated into the UCSD program. I recommend it to every cancer patient.” —2018 Healing Foods class participant

“Instructors and team were ROCK STARS.  We learned so much and have a better handle on how we can be better caregivers.” —2018 Healing Foods class participant

“This program combines healing foods and wellness education in an engaging format for patients, and we are extraordinarily fortunate to have this program as a resource for our patients at Moores Cancer Center.”     —Barbara Parker, MD, Senior Deputy Director of Cancer Medicine, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

You may opt out of receiving fundraising information for the UC San Diego Health System by contacting us at the toll-free number 1-800-588-2734 or by email Your treatment or payment will not be affected by your choice to opt-out of a fundraising communication.

Choose a giving level


Support One Cooking Class

Your donation of $50 helps to cover the costs for a patient, friend or caregiver to attend the class. Keeping the classes free and accessible.


Support One Nutrition Seminar

Your donation of $100 helps to offset the cost of our nutrition seminars, a class where patients, families and caregivers can learn evidence based techniques and tactics to use.


Supporting Patient Education

Your donation of $250 enables our team to continue to develop high quality patient and caregiver support materials, providing evidence based information.


Create a Recipe

Your donation of $500 enables our team to build, test and vet recipes that will be most helpful to patients and caregivers as they go through the cancer treatment process.


Create a Nutrition Seminar

A donation of $1,000 enables our team to craft a new nutrition seminar, responding directly to feedback from our patients, caregivers and faculty.


Caregiver Friend

A donation of $2,500 provides important support in order to best serve our patients, caregivers and families.


Caregiver Champion

A donation of $5,000 will be utilized by the team to further develop this unique program.


Healing Foods Friend

A gift of $10,000 would be directed to the most pressing needs of the program.


Healing Foods Champion

With a gift of $25,000 you are truly our Champion and the funds would go to the area of greatest need.

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