Since 1998, David Munoz and his family have hosted an annual golf tournament fundraiser in memory of his father, Augustine L. Munoz, in support of pancreatic cancer research.

In the summer of 1998, David Munoz's father, Augustine Munoz, better known by family and friends as "Augie," passed away from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

For Augie, his pancreatic cancer diagnosis came just five weeks prior to his unfortunate passing.

In the United States, pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. More than 53,000 Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2017 alone. Although pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, research in this area has been limited. Early pancreatic cancers often do not exhibit any warning signs or symptoms. By the time a symptom appears, the cancer has often already spread outside the pancreas.

To honor his father and support early detection of pancreatic cancer, David Munoz, an alum of the USC Marshall School of Business, along with family and friends, hosts an annual golf tournament fundraiser.

Held on the second weekend in July, the event includes a fun afternoon of golfing followed by entertainment, cocktails, and dinner. To date, the tournament has raised close to $300,000 in funding for pancreatic cancer research, with proceeds going to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Augie's name.

"This year will be the 20th anniversary of our golf tournament, and I'm proud of what it has become. It raises money for pancreatic cancer research, increases awareness for its cause and most importantly, keeps the legacy of my father alive," David said.

When asked why he chooses to direct their philanthropic support to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, David said there's no better place to get on the front lines to fight this disease and ultimately find its cure.

"We see firsthand what could be accomplished here. From the research labs and clinical studies, to the caring nature and expertise of the doctors and nurses, we know our donations to the USC Norris cancer center are being put to good use."

To honor the Munoz family's legacy of support, USC Norris dedicated a research laboratory and examination room in honor of Augie.

"It meant everything to see my father's name on that wall. I feel really proud that the memory of my father will live on through our efforts," David said. "His name will be seen every day and people will know that he was a fine man. It's a great feeling to know that this way he'll still be able to help other people in their time of need."

Donors like David and his family are the driving force behind our cancer-fighting therapies and pioneering research. Thanks to their continued support, we are able to provide world-class care to countless patients and their families, while honoring Augie's memory for generations to come.


We are pleased to announce the recent dedication in honor of my father, Augustine L. Munoz, at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Following is a news article published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.


USC Research Facilities Renamed
in Honor of Ex-Rosemead Resident

Former Rosemead resident Augustine L. Munoz had a research laboratory and examination room dedicated to him Friday for donations by the Augustine L. Munoz Cancer Research Fund, which is dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

The research offices of Dr. Peter Laird, associate professor of surgery, biochemistry and molecular biology, were renamed in honor of Munoz at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Munoz, 56, died in 1998 after a short battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He was treated at Norris in the weeks leading up to his death.

Munoz's son, San Gabriel resident David Munoz, and several of his friends organized a charity golf tournament to raise money for research into the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

To date, the charity has donated more than $100,000 to USC for medical research.

"I feel really proud that the memory of my father lives on through our efforts,' David Munoz said. "His name will be seen every day and people will know that he was a fine man. It's a great feeling to know that this way he'll still be able to help other people in their time of need.'

The sixth annual Augie Munoz Memorial Golf Tournament will be July 9 at California Country Club in Whittier.

Augie Munoz was one of three brothers who owned and ran Mexican food product company Dolores Canning Co. in Los Angeles. He was a supporter of several local causes and, at one point, served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

For more information about the golf tournament, go to www.augiemunoz.org . For more information about USC Comprehensive Cancer Hospital, go to www.uscnorris.com

-- From staff reports