The finest talent in Western Pennsylvania will be showcased as part of the 18th annual “HOOPS FOR A CURE” basketball tripleheader on Saturday, April 27 at Chartiers Valley High School. The WPIAL Girls and Boys All-Star teams will be playing in the first two games of the tripleheader with the girls playing at 4:30 p.m. and the boys following at 6 p.m.
The third game of the evening will feature the Chartiers Valley High Faculty and Coaches facing off against South Fayette High’s faculty and coaches beginning at 7:30 p.m.
With more than $1.2 million raised for pancreatic cancer research over the past 17 years, the popular “HOOPS FOR A CURE” charity event benefits the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, which is overseen by Dr. Olivera Finn, Professor and Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
After the games, prizes will be raffled off, including autographed sports memorabilia, a grand prize of two tickets to the quarter finals of the U.S. Open, along with tickets to several other major sporting events, as well as many other gifts. Raffle tickets are $10 each. Door prizes will also be given away during the evening to several lucky patrons who have a winning admission ticket.
Money raised from the event will support the research efforts of Olivera Finn, Ph.D., leader of UPCI’s immunology Program and professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. Dr. Finn is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of tumor immunology and, with the support of the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, has developed vaccines targeted against pancreatic cancer cells.
Over the past 17 years, Dr. Finn has conducted seven clinical trails with over 200 cancer patients, testing various formulations of vaccines to find the one that is most safe and effective. This trial has resulted in a vaccine that is now being using in individuals with premalignant disease.
Dr. Finn and her team completed a landmark clinical trial of a cancer prevention vaccine that received media coverage across the country as the first vaccine in the world for cancer prevention. She received a grant from NCI that will support a clinical trial to be carried out over the next five years in 10 medical centers across the United States. Dr. Finn and her team hope to show that the vaccine significantly lowers the polyp recurrence thus reducing the risk for colon cancer.
With the resources of the Nathan S. Arenson Lab, the help from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and by securing additional funds from NCI, progress in research is being made with the intention to find the method of early pancreatic cancer detection, diagnosis and eventually the ultimate prevention and cure of this devastating disease.
The Arenson Fund is a dynamic financial resource that allows us the flexibility to embark on our most innovative investigations as soon as ideas are generated and experiments possible, without the long wait that is otherwise associated with obtaining funding for specific projects.
Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Not only is this disease common, but it also is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.
Adrienne Arenson established the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research in memory of her husband, a respected and well-known member of the South Hills community, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 31, 1995.
Mrs. Arenson’s grandsons, Michael and David Gillespie and Zack Arenson, along with their friends, initiated the first “HOOPS FOR A CURE” event in 1996.
The Arensons’ were honored for their community service with The Jefferson Award for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards, started by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1972, are considered the Nobel Prize for volunteer service.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children three and over (children under 3 are free). The entire community is invited to come out to CV High School for an evening of basketball, fun, food and great door prizes.
Tickets for admission and raffle tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. For more information or to purchase an admission or raffle ticket in advance of the event, contact Jeff Hilty at (412) 980-1691. If you cannot attend the event but wish to make a charitable donation, please send a check payable to “The Nathan S. Arenson Fund/UPCI, % FMI, 5959 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 125, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at www.hoopsforacure.com.