A breast-cancer research gift from The Cambridge School

By Rhiannon Bruni
March 26, 2014

Students from The Cambridge School in San Diego, Calif., selected Sanford-Burnham as the recipient of funds raised to honor a teacher currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The middle-school students made and sold bracelets before voting to gift the money they raised to Sanford-Burnham to advance breast-cancer research.

Last October, students at The Cambridge School held a fundraiser in honor of the teacher’s aide Suzanne Giles. The community-service activity was entirely organized and led by students in grades six to eight after learning that Giles, also a mother to two students at the school, was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Wishing to show their solidarity with the Giles family during a very difficult time, the middle-school students took action by making pink bracelets from yarn and paracord. They sold their creations within the school’s internal community to raise money for cancer research.

After selling 277 bracelets, the students independently investigated cancer research and treatment facilities in the local San Diego community. Eventually, the resourceful youngsters narrowed down their options decided on where to donate the funds to a vote among themselves.

“The students wanted to donate to a place that they believed was making major progress in finding solutions for cancer,” said Melissa Gringrich, a teacher at The Cambridge School who oversaw the fundraiser. “They chose Sanford-Burnham because of the researchers’ dedication to understanding all aspects of cancer—and their commitment to creating better treatments for cancer patients.”

San Diego is home to three National Cancer Institute (NCI)—designated basic cancer centers in the United States, as well as numerous advanced-cancer treatment facilities—meaning that the students had plenty of well-deserving research and treatment facilities to chose from in their community.

It is inspiring and very encouraging to be chosen by the budding philanthropists—and we are exceptionally grateful for their vote of confidence in the work our scientists do.

Thank you, The Cambridge School!

About the NCI-designated Cancer Center at Sanford-Burnham

Sanford-Burnham is home to one of just seven National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated basic cancer centers in the United States. Research in this center aims to pre-empt cancer before it develops, detect the disease at its earliest point, and eliminate its spread. Explore each research program here to learn more about Sanford-Burnham’s approach to cancer.

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Rhiannon Bruni

Rhiannon was an SBP Communications staff member.



  1. This is great news. My wife just underwent 8 months of combined treatment for her breast cancer at Scripps Green. The people we encountered along the way were so very passionate about their craft. More research means less pain, less time, less expense, and quicker healing!

    Cliff C.

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