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Self-Storage-Founded Kidney-Cancer Charity Kure It Adds 2 New Board Members

Kure It Cancer Research, a nonprofit founded in 2007 by self-storage operator Barry Hoeven, has named two new board members, according to a press release. Christopher Doherty is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, while Marianne Nahin is a real estate sales producer in the Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, Calif., market.

Doherty grew up in Orange County, Calif., and earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He and his family are active with several community charities, the release stated.

Nahin works alongside her husband, Jim Nahin, and son, Andrew Nahin, at their real estate firm, The Nahin Group. She’s active in several philanthropic organizations including the Hoag Family Cancer Institute and Hoag Hospital Foundation.

“We are very excited to have Christopher and Marianne join our board,” said Todd Perry, chairman of the board for Kure It. “We look forward to working with them in our pursuit of raising money for cancer research.”

Hoeven, founder of Westport Properties Inc./US Storage Centers, which owns or manages approximately 130 self-storage facilities nationwide, launched Kure It after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1998. In 2007, he partnered with cancer center City of Hope to create the Kure It! Kidney Cancer Research Fund, which raised more than $400,000. Kure It Inc., which still raises money for kidney cancer and other underfunded malignancies, was established as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2010 to grant funds to cancer researchers investigating progressive treatments and cures. To date, the nonprofit has raised $8 million, according to its website. Hoeven passed away in 2016.


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