10 Things About Rebecca Valenzuela & Champions for Health


Forgiveness is an act of consciousness.

Champions for Health mobilizes a network of 500+ physicians, 10 hospitals, 14 outpatient surgery centers and partners who donate consultations, procedures and surgeries totaling $20.45 million in pro bono services since 2008. Champions Soiree will raise funds for their flagship program, Project Access San Diego. Rebecca Valenzuela manages a full range of pro bono specialty health care to qualifying low-income, uninsured individuals for Project Access. These life-saving services have been provided to more than 6,000 patients who have been able to regain their health, return to work, care for their families and remain productive members of their community.

10 Things About Rebecca Valenzuela & Champions for Health

#1. I was born and raised in San Diego, specifically Logan Heights. It is a cultural hub that is close to downtown and the beach.

#2. We all have a purpose. We just need to tolerate each other’s point of view for a more peaceful world.

#3. I would like to attend the FIFA World Cup 2026 which the U.S, Mexico and Canada will be hosting. Even though he is retired, I would love to see my favorite soccer player, Ronaldo from Brazil because he can bend the ball like nobody else!

#4. “Don’t count the days, make the days count” – Muhammad Ali. I read this quote every day on the bus to school from Logan Heights to La Jolla. It really stuck with me because it applies to everything.

#5. I have two rescue dogs, Lucy and Chikis. We walk a lot because of our doggies, and the kids sleep with them for comfort.

#6. I dance ballet folklorico. I started dancing in college, because I needed that touch of home in Santa Cruz. After 13 years, I have started dancing again as an adult.

#7. Exercise during lunch with my coworkers is the best way to clear my mind.

#8. Childbirth taught me the true meaning of love at first sight.

#9. Medical interpretation costs were becoming unsustainable at Project Access. I helped create a volunteer medical interpretation program that reduced costs, while allowing more San Diegans to give back to their community.

#10. Karla is a 38 year old mother of two who needed a heart valve replacement. It was very difficult for her to work or even walk because everything made her short of breath. Karla is recovering from the surgery and is very grateful that Project Access gave her a second chance to live a long and healthy life. Karla is very happy now, because she did not think she would live long enough to see her children grow up.

Champions for Health
Champions Soirée
Saturday March 28, 2020
6 – 9 pm
Birch Aquarium