Community members are invited to join the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, for the Barbara Ireland 20th anniversary celebration and Kick-Off Party at Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St.

For the past nine years Paul Dargan and his team have donated their time and Irish-inspired appetizers to support the Barbara Ireland Walk and Run for breast cancer. All of the evening’s proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will support the 20th annual Ireland Walk and Run on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

The event serves as a way to build enthusiasm for the Ireland Walk and Run while raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research, patient navigation and genetic counseling at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic.

In partnership with industry leaders the Clinical Research program keeps Ridley-Tree Cancer Center on par with many major academic medical facilities around the country and offers patients access to the newest treatments available while contributing their own results to the greater pool of cancer research — resulting in better treatments for future generations.

The Genetic Counseling Program helps patients and families with a history of cancer better understand and manage their risk for developing the disease through genetic testing and analysis, including a risk assessment test. Results of genetic testing often directly affect the course of treatment.

Lastly, patient navigators serve as liaisons between the patient and the Cancer Center’s various healthcare providers, assisting in a variety of ways including explaining medical information, helping to keep appointments, and coordinating insurance needs throughout diagnosis and treatment.

For more, visit the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, or the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center,