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"Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" winnings donated to U-M CCC

ANN ARBOR, MI - When actor Robert Urich appears on the celebrity version of the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" this week, he might use one of his "life lines" to help him get an answer right and win more money. But no matter how much he wins, he'll be throwing a real life line to people with the same kind of cancer he has already survived.

Urich will donate all of his winnings to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center's Heather and Robert Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research, which he and his wife established two years ago after he was successfully treated for the disease by a U-M team.

Urich traveled to the U-M for his treatment because of its Cancer Center's national reputation for advanced care and cutting-edge research on sarcoma, a rare and challenging group of cancers that arise in connective tissues such as muscles, cartilage, tendons and bones.

The U-M Cancer Center has assembled a team of specialists in orthopaedic and surgical oncology, medical and pediatric oncology, radiation oncology, musculoskeletal radiology, and anatomical and experimental pathology to give sarcoma patients a comprehensive approach to their disease, including access to clinical trials that often involve novel diagnostic and treatment approaches. Members of this team are also working on laboratory studies of the genes involved in sarcomas, and on new molecular approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

According to the National Cancer Institute, sarcomas strike more than 11,000 people a year, and kill more than 5,000. Because of this deadly toll, much more research is needed what causes all forms of sarcoma, and what can defeat them. The Urich fund is designed to accelerate the pace of that research, through support for laboratory and clinical studies at U-M.

"Mr. Urich knows firsthand that sarcoma is not an easy disease to find in time or treat effectively, and that many people who develop it do not do as well as he has," says Laurence Baker, D.O, co-director of the U-M's Connective Tissue Oncology program. "We're tremendously grateful for his help in bringing attention and funding to the fight against all forms of sarcoma."

Urich's "Millionaire" winnings will be added to the more than $100,000 raised for the fund last November at the first annual Robert Urich Golf Classic. A second tournament will be held this Nov. 18 at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Urich is scheduled to appear on "Millionaire" sometime during the Feb. 11-13 period, as part of a series of shows featuring celebrities. The show airs on ABC affiliates at 8 p.m.


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