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Art Enthusiasts Support Innovation Matt and Nancy Browar share their generosity with the STRIVE Program

Matt and Nancy Browar have found meaningful experiences in their charitable gifts. As avid art lovers, their generosity has made San Diego art and art education more accessible to the public. With their recent gift to SBP’s STRIVE Program, they supported six STRIVE awards, including one given to inspired scientist Stan Walls, Ph.D., who will pursue new cancer therapies.

Q. Why did you choose Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute as a beneficiary of your private giving? And why did you invest in STRIVE? A. We chose Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) because we have watched its progress and development over the years, and have been extremely impressed. We are particularly interested in the STRIVE program because we like the idea of providing funds to creative scientists who may otherwise not have the opportunity—or funding—to pursue their ideas. Q. As a relatively new donor, what are some of your early impressions of the Institute and its scientists? A. The scope and magnitude of the resources that SBP provides are

remarkable. We especially like SBP’s model of collaboration that promotes teamwork between scientists in different areas of research. SBP encourages chemists, cell biologists, geneticists and others to work on projects together. These are the type of “broad strokes” that can only lead to better, deeper insights. Q. Stan Walls, Ph.D., a proud recipient of a “STRIVE Browar Award,” says he looks forward to giving you updates on his research progress. What benefits do you hope to see with your gift? A. I t’s our hope that STRIVE award recipients reach their research goals. It’s also important that their work bring knowledge that will be shared among SBP scientists— and beyond.

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