Celebration of Champions - Supporting children with cancer.

2017 Highlights

Celebrity Quotes


Donald Kearns, MD MMM “Celebration of Champions is a very special day for Rady Children’s and the San Diego community. It is an honor to celebrate the courage and strength of every child treated at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and their family.”

Donald Kearns, MD MMM
President, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

"Celebration of Champions is a unique way for us to meet face to face with those who we are working so hard to help."

Bhasker Shetty, Ph.D.
Pfizer, VP Worldwide R&D
Site Director, Pfizer La Jolla Laboratories


Shawn Smith "The Celebration of Champions event highlights the strength and courage that the young participants exhibit on a daily basis. From survivors, to current fighters, to those honoring a light lost far too soon, all of the Champions are real life heroes and deserve to be celebrated."

Shawn Smith
Division VP/ BU Manager
AMETEK Programmable Power Division


Bud Black "Celebration of champions is one of the most treasured events that the San Diego Padres are a part of. The players and I look forward to this event with compassion and emotion. It is truly one of our best days of the year."

Bud Black
Former Manager
San Diego Padres


"What makes this event different than other fund raisers? The children are the stars, the ones who are treated like the real winners they are."

Sasha Foo
Anchor-Reporter, KUSI-TV


Kathleen Sellick "After this event you hug your kids a little tighter at night. The event helps to put things in perspective on how truly blessed we are to have our health. Being able to come out here and be a part of these kids' special day, to help brighten their smiles, is a great opportunity."

Trevor Hoffman
San Diego Padres Hall of Famer

"I would urge any CEO, or head of a company, to give the Celebration of Champions a hard look. It's a great event which benefits children with cancer- sick children. They need help and we should step up."

Michael Morton
Founder, The Brigantine Family of Restaurants

Kathleen Sellick "The Celebration of Champions event is a well-oiled machine/juggernaut of kindness and compassion that challenges and battles the following: "The words 'cancer' and 'kids' should never, ever appear in the same sentence."

John Soderman
Reporter, KUSI-TV