||HALFWAY THROUGH A TOUR of the USC/ Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ronald Corradini 72 realized that he had the means to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
As the researchers explained their work and told me why there is hope for fighting the disease, I was immediately impressed with their drive and passion for work. It was contagious, he said.
Corradini decided on the spot to pledge $1 million in cash over 10 years to help build the Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower at the cancer center.
I would love to have been able to do something medically to help people, he said. This is my way of touching the medical world to provide researchers the resources to do their work. If that helps save someones life or extend someones life, that would make me feel just great.
Corradini, a San Marino resident and owner of a specialty contracting firm, said that he recently turned 50 and prepared a list of goals he hopes to accomplish in coming years.
Among them, he said, is a desire to assist the community as well as the university that helped prepare him for the world of business.
Ive done quite well in business, he said, and I believe its a direct result of my going to USC not merely the educational aspects, although those were the tools, but also through the people who became my friends.
THE 180,000-SQUARE-FOOT Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower will consolidate clinical research programs into a single building, enabling scientists and clinicians to speed the pace at which effective treatments can be developed and delivered to patients.
People Helping People Award Goes to Mara Hunter Redden 75
Swim With Mike, the annual swim-a-thon that raises money for the USC Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, honored volunteer Mara Hunter Redden 75 shown here with her husband, Daniel Redden 63 with its People Helping People Award during last springs swim. An active volunteer with several organizations, Hunter Redden has helped with every Swim With Mike since the event began 19 years ago. She is currently fighting and winning her own battle against ovarian cancer. During the fund-raiser, Maras Lane was reserved for her husband, who has raised $40,000 in pledges already.
The swim is named for Mike Nyeholt, a three-time All-American swimmer at USC who was paralyzed following a motorcycle accident in 1981. The People Helping People Award was added to Swim With Mike in 1988 to honor President Gerald Ford, who swam in the event that year.