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Female Football Fanatics Take the Field!
Everyone's a winner -- Especially the U-M Cancer Center

They raised some eyebrows. They raised their heart rates. And at the end of one beautiful June day, they had raised over $150,000 for the Coach Carr Cancer Fund. They are the determined ladies of the Women's Football Academy, and for one day each year, they take no prisoners as they take the field, determined to learn, in the words of Coach Lloyd Carr, "more about this game than your husbands, your fathers, or your brothers will ever know."

June 14, 2003 was their day, and 500 of them lined up outside Schembechler Hall, leaving their men behind, noses pressed against the glass. After some sad goodbyes, the rest of the day was focused on conditioning and drills, preparing for the afternoon scrimmage. Coached by a full cadre of Wolverine football coaches and varsity players, participants had a chance to learn the game from the very best.

Even more warming than the sunshine of that first real summer day was the knowledge that everyone there had played a part in helping ease the burden for patients receiving treatment at the U-M Cancer Center. That's the mission of the Coach Carr Cancer Fund -- to provide financial support for a variety of Cancer Center programs that assist patients and their families.

A huge thanks goes to presenting sponsors Outback Steakhouse and Foresters, as well as Big Dog Sportswear for their tremendous support. And of course, thanks to the many volunteers without whom the event could not have been possible.

If you're a female gridiron fan and you haven't yet experienced this hard-to-describe day of football fantasy, log on to the website and put your name on the list for a spot in next year's Academy. Spots fill incredibly fast, so act now for a chance to join these ladies and make an enormous difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Go Blue!

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Spring to Life 2003--Another Spectacular Celebration

The thirteenth annual Spring to Life brunch and art auction once again demonstrated the tremendous connection between the U-M Cancer Center and the Ann Arbor community. Hosted by the Cancer Center in partnership with Ford Motor Company, this signature event was again held at the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. And, as in year's past, the area's finest artisans, both visual and culinary, donated their time and talents toward the conquest of cancer.

Since 1995, Ford Motor Company has sponsored awards at Spring to Life to recognize exceptional work within the Cancer Center. This year, Bruce Redman, D.O., was the recipient of the Ford Motor Company Leadership in Health Award for his work in both the clinic and the research lab. As Associate Director of the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, he is a leader in the development of new immunotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of cancer, especially kidney cancer and melanoma. The Ford Motor Company Partners in Health Award was presented to the Coping Through Transitions Program, a unique array of services offered by the Grief and Loss Staff at the Cancer Center that assists families dealing with the death of a loved one. Both of these awards afford the opportunity to honor "unsung heroes" of the Center, and to provide needed funding to continue their vital efforts.

Appreciation awards were also presented to numerous volunteers for their outstanding support and commitment to both the Cancer Center and the Spring to Life benefit. After the auction tally was completed, it was announced that Spring to Life 2003 was among the most successful in Cancer Center history. Mark your calendars -- next year's event will take place on April 18, 2004.

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QVC Presents, "FFANY Shoes on Sale"
U-M Cancer Center one of 7 top institutions benefiting from event

QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" will celebrate its 10th anniversary benefiting breast cancer research and education programs on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-10 p.m., ET) with the sale of more than 100,000 pairs of shoes at half the suggested retail value. This televised fundraiser will offer shoes donated by members of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) including Aerosoles, Anne Klein New York, Birkenstock, Clarks, DKNY, Donald J Pliner, Ellen Tracy, Isaac Mizrahi, Rockport, Steve Madden, Tommy Hilfiger Footwear and dozens more. Nine West Group, which has been involved since the event's inception, has been named once again the special benefactor and will donate 20,000 pairs of shoes. Over the past nine years, the televised event has raised more than $13 million from the sale of over 850,000 pairs of shoes. In addition to the televised fundraiser on QVC, there will be a simultaneous gala at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, hosted by actress Kristin Davis from HBO's Sex and the City, with a special performance by Natalie Cole.

Net proceeds from the event are distributed to seven leading breast cancer research and treatment institutions, including the U-M Cancer Center. Dan Hayes, M.D., Clinical Director of the Breast Oncology Program at the Cancer Center, leads a team that has received over $1 million in support to date from the event.

"It's remarkable the impact this has had on our efforts," says Hayes. "This funding has supported work leading to the discovery of new genes that play a role in breast cancer development, which could lead to new methods for diagnosis and early detection. It's also helped fund investigations into promising drugs to treat and even prevent breast cancer."

In addition to the three-hour televised special on Oct. 15, QVC will also feature "Shoe of the Day" segments weekdays (7-9 a.m.) beginning on Oct. 1 and continuing throughout the month during The QVC Morning Show. Shoes can be purchased by calling (800) 345-1515 or through the QVC website.

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Swing for PAR Golf Tournament

September 29, 2003 Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, MI

For what promises to be the third record-setting year, presenting sponsor Ford Land invites golfers to Swing for PAR -- the Prostate Awareness & Research Fund -- supporting prostate cancer research and patient care programs at the U-M Cancer Center. A private initiative, the PAR Fund benefits the U-M Cancer Center, with 75% of funds raised designated for prostate cancer research and 25% for psych-oncology programs.

The September 29 tournament kicks off with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by a clinic with golf pro Rick Smith, who coaches PGA star Phil Michelson. A 12:45 p.m. shotgun start, buffet lunch, 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception and dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. round out the dayÕs festivities. For information about playing in the tournament or sponsorship opportunities, contact Katherine Loberg at (734) 615-9843.

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Men's Event Benefitting Prostate Cancer Research

October 13, 2003 The Palm Restaurant, Troy, MI

For the second straight year, one of Troy's most exclusive venues, The Palm, will host a special evening just for men in support of prostate cancer research at the newly-named Michigan Urology Center housed at the U-M Cancer Center. The tradition of The Palm's Men's Event dates back to 1983, when The Palm -- founded in 1926 and renowned as the oldest white tablecloth restaurant to expand across the U.S. while maintaining family ownership -- partnered with the National Cancer Prevention Fund to host the first event to provide each of its locations with a unique event for its patrons.

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner in the exceptional tradition of The Palm begin at 6:00 pm. In addition to fabulous dining, the evening features an update on prostate cancer research and clinical treatment. The evening will be capped off by a live auction and door prizes. Tickets to The Men's Event are $500 each with proceeds benefiting prostate cancer research at the Michigan Urology Center at the U-M Cancer Center. To purchase tickets or to learn more, contact Katherine Loberg at (734) 615-9843.

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Robert Urich Memorial Dinner and Golf Classic

Memorial Dinner Gala and Golf Classic Sunday, October 26, and Monday, October 27, 2003 Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA

If you spend time on the west coast, don't miss the second-annual Robert Urich Memorial Dinner Gala and Golf Classic, October 26-27, benefiting sarcoma research at the U-M Cancer Center. This event brings out the stars, from benefit chairpersons Emeril Lagasse and Scott Hamilton to Wayne Gretzky, Tom Selleck, Bruce Jenner and more. This year, the fabulous links of the Sherwood Country Club will be "kicked up a notch" with Chefs on the Course for the Cure, a series of tasting stations at select holes featuring chefs from some of the country's top restaurants -- invited by Emeril himself. For information about this one-of-a-kind event, contact Janet Roth at (734) 615-0665.


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