Nikki St. Germain
Nikki began her working career as a flight attendant for Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). Displaying intelligence as sharp as her wit she steadily rose up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming Director of Reservations for PSA. Along the way she was manager of flight attendant training, director of in-flight customer services, and manager of station customer services in Los Angeles.
After her husband, Doug Arthur, was tragically killed in a plane crash Nikki’s life took a different path. She left PSA to raise her two children as a single parent and she took up the cause of charitable organizations for children in San Diego. This included the La Playa Unit of Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Voices for Children.
In 1996 Nikki, along with her two co-chairs, Mary Foy and Marilyn Cornwell, organized the first ‘Celebration of Champions.’ This event recognizes children who are battling cancer, others who have survived cancer, and their families. Celebrities, including San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers accompany children and their families on a celebration of life relay. Since its inception, the event has raised over $6.5 million dollars for Children’s Hospital and is still going strong. For their efforts, Nikki and her two co-chairs were honored by the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary with the first Mabel Jessop Spirit Award.
Nikki was asked to participate on the Board of Directors for Voices for Children in 2001. In 2002, Nikki headed a committee to recruit an auxiliary for Voices that would raise funds and elevate public awareness to the cause. She reached her goal in 2003, when Makua, a volunteer organization in Point Loma, was welcomed into the Voices family. Last year Makua raised over $150,000 for Voices. Nikki rose to Vice President of Voices for Children and attended her last fund raiser for them in July of 2004.
A few days after this event Nikki was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. She fought this disease with the same determination that served her well in her two careers. She endured surgery and chemotherapy before succumbing to this cancer on Mother’s Day 2005. Typical of Nikki, she survived longer than doctors and hospice thought she could.
Nikki’s family has organized this memorial golf tournament to keep her legacy alive and to raise money and awareness for San Diego children’s charities.
The two most important things in Nikki’s life were family and giving back to the community. She was especially passionate about giving back to kids who, through no fault of their own, were burdened with challenges and lack of opportunity. She would be extremely proud and pleased to know her family has chosen to keep her memory alive through this golf tournament and at the same time making a difference in the lives of San Diego children.
Rady Children’s Hospital
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a nonprofit, 487-bed pediatric-care facility dedicated to excellence in care, research and teaching:
- We are the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center.
- In affiliation with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, we are the region’s teaching hospital for the next generation of pediatric physicians.
- We are a major pediatric clinical research center, working in collaboration with world-renowned institutions, including UC San Diego, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- In October 2010, we opened our Acute Care Pavilion, making us the largest children’s hospital in California and the sixth largest hospital in the country. The facility helps to ensure that we will never turn a child away because our beds are filled.
We believe equally in keeping children well. Through our Center for Healthier Communities and the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, we offer families the promise of a healthier future.
Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders
- The Center is the largest pediatric cancer care program serving San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties.
- The Center has the only pediatric blood and bone marrow transplant program serving San Diego and Imperial counties.
- The Center has a research alliance with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)
- Through the alliance with UC San Diego, the Center is part of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- Dr. Donald Durden received a 2013 Hyundai Hope On Wheels grant to develop potent targeted therapies for pediatric malignancies, medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma.
Founded in 1999 by three visionaries as a small, non-profit, 501(c)(3) patient-based advocacy organization, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network understands the many challenges that patients and their families face in the fight against pancreatic cancer. With our national headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California, and a Government Affairs office in Washington, DC, the organization fulfills its mission through a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
Under the direction of President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network comprises a national Board of Directors, a Scientific Advisory Board, a Medical Advisory Council and a staff dedicated to fighting the disease. The organization takes a unique and comprehensive approach to fighting pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
How We Accomplish Our Mission
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. The organization helps support individuals and communities all across the country work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. We create a sense of hope and community so no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone.
- People with pancreatic cancer will live longer and healthier lives. As an interim milestone, the five-year survival rate will double by 2020.
- Early detection tools and effective treatment options for pancreatic cancer will exist and will be accessible.
- Healthcare professionals will appropriately identify and diagnose pancreatic cancer and refer those patients to specialists.
- All people with pancreatic cancer will actively consider participating in clinical trials.
- All people with pancreatic cancer will have access to comprehensive, evidence-based information and education at no cost.
- Policy makers will recognize pancreatic cancer as a national and urgent health priority.
- Sufficient and sustained federal and private pancreatic cancer funding will result in meaningful scientific breakthroughs and improved survival rates.
- A robust, collaborative pancreatic cancer research community will flourish and will support the training of new investigators.
- The public will understand the function of the pancreas and the risk factors and symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer.
- Hundreds of thousands of volunteers and supporters will join the national effort to increase awareness, raise funds and advocate for pancreatic cancer in communities across the country.
- Corporate partners, cause marketing efforts and celebrities will raise the visibility of pancreatic cancer and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
- Purple will be recognized worldwide as a symbol of hope for pancreatic cancer.
- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be the worldwide leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Voices for Children
Each day in San Diego, innocent children are removed from their homes because their parents have failed to protect and care for them. These children often endure further emotional trauma as a result of being moved from one temporary foster home to the next.
Abused and neglected children who are placed under the custody of the courts for their own protection are still at risk. The disruption of their everyday lives has a devastating effect on children. Abused children are more likely to be arrested than other children according to a recent study. Only about 60% of children in foster care graduate from high school.
Voices for Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, endeavors to ensure that abused, neglected and abandoned children who have become dependents of the San Diego County Court will have a safe and permanent home.
Through our network of trained and educated volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), Voices for Children works with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to identify and protect the best interests of each child inside and outside of court.
It is the goal of Voices for Children, San Diego’s only CASA program, to:
- Provide a CASA volunteer to every child in San Diego who needs one
- Shorten the time that children spend in the system
- Review all cases that enter the Juvenile Dependency Court system and intervene earlier
- Expand our capacity as a watchdog agency for children