Celebrities to Turn Out in Sierra Vista to Support TGen Cancer Research
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — July 15, 2014 — Arizonans are encouraged to turn out in force Aug. 2 at Sierra Vista Mall to raise funds for cancer research while attempting to set a world record for dribbling basketballs.
Dubbed Dribble for Cancer, the organizations and individuals who register and participate, will become part of the attempt to break the world record for the most individuals dribbling a basketball at the same time. Guinness World Records personnel will witness the event. The organizers, Positive Image Sports, are hoping that at least 7,996 people will participate between 7 and 10 a.m. that day, breaking the record.
“This is a fun way to meet new people, get some exercise, and raise money for a worthy cause,” said Scott Andres, a volunteer at Positive Image Sports.
Among the organizations benefiting from the event is the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a Phoenix-based non-profit biomedical research organization focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research — the process of rapidly moving research toward patient benefit.
“For the first time in history we have the ability to fully study the genetic components of complex diseases such as cancer,” said Dr. John Carpten, Deputy Director of Basic Science and Director of the Integrated Cancer Genomics Division at TGen. “And thanks to advocates like Scott and David, their focused public attention brings increased awareness to this disease and research funding that helps support TGen’s patient-focused research.”
Established in 2002, TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children.
“Whether through family or friends, most people have personally been affected by cancer on some level,” said David Jones, President of Positive Image Sports. “People say, ‘Early diagnosis is the key.’ What better way to provide this solution than to contribute to research working toward improved ways to diagnose and treat cancer, especially since the research is happening here in our own state.”
Special guests at the event include former NBA player Corey Gaines and former UCLA standout and noted sports executive and commentator Anne Meyers-Drysdale. Gaines played for UCLA and was drafted with the Seattle Supersonics in 1988. He played for five years for the NBA and also played for the Japanese league. After playing for the NBA he became the basketball sports coach for the Phoenix Mercury leading the women’s team to a WBA Championship in 2009.
Meyers-Drysdale is a major figure in the history of women’s basketball and sports journalism. A standout player in high school, college, the Olympic games, international tournaments, and the professional levels, she was the first player to be part of the U.S. national team while still in high school. She was the first woman at UCLA to be signed to a four-year athletic scholarship for college and while at UCLA she became the only woman in history to sign a contract with an NBA Team when the Indiana Pacers signed her in 1979.
She currently serves as the vice president for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. For nearly 30 years, she served as a network television sports analyst for ESPN, CBS, and NBC. In 2006, Meyers Drysdale was awarded the Ronald Reagan Media Award from the United States Sports Academy.
How To Register:
Individual registration is available online at http://www.dribbleforcancer.org or pick up the forms at various locations in Sierra Vista: IHOP, Holiday Inn Express, Peter Piper Pizza, Down Home BBQ, Substandards, Hot Diggety Dog, Valor Hospice Care, Complete Nutrition, Sears or Sierra Vista City Hall.