St. John's Basketball Teams Up With Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation For Third 'Dribble For The Cure' On Sept. 28

SJU head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin has helped the PCRF raise approximately $65,000 in the first two years of Dribble for the Cure.

July 25, 2013

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - Following a pair of popular and burgeoning events over the past two years, the Red Storm basketball programs are joining forces with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) once again for the third-annual "Dribble for the Cure," in conjunction with University Service Day on St. John's campus on Saturday, Sept. 28.

    The Dribble for the Cure - a fundraising and awareness event where everyone dribbles a basketball - will take place on the St. John's University Queens campus on Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first two Dribble for the Cure events at St. John's saw nearly 1,000 combined participants raise a total of more than $65,000. The proceeds from this annual event will once again support the PCRF Laboratory directed by Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., at New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. A world-renowned researcher, Cairo's work has contributed to dramatically increased survival rates of childhood cancers, blood disorders and immunological diseases.

    "St. John's Basketball is proud to be associated with the third Dribble for the Cure event on St. John's campus. It is always a special day that raises funds for cancer research and creates greater awareness for the importance of developing a cure for pediatric cancer," said head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin. "Once again, I personally encourage our fans to come join our student-athletes and staff as we collectively support this important cause. It's going to be a memorable day of service for the community at St. John's."

    "We are excited to be a part of PCRF's Dribble For The Cure Event for a third straight year," added Joe Tartamella, head coach of the Red Storm women. "Our community here at St. John's University embraces the opportunity to be a part of this great cause for pediatric cancer. Our players, staff and University are proud to show our support."



    Companies, individuals, schools, clubs, teams and other organizations can become involved by starting a "Dribble for the Cure Team" to participate in and fundraise for the event. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $10 for St. John's University students.

    Additionally, PCRF is looking for companies or individuals interested in providing sponsorship or endorsement, or volunteering for the event. Those interested should contact Rosanna Capalbo at for more information.

    Sept. 28 participants, who will dribble through an approximately 30-minute course winding through the St. John's campus beginning and ending at Carnesecca Arena, will be given the opportunity to meet and get autographs and photographs with their favorite players and coaches from the St. John's basketball teams.

    "Dribble for the Cure is not only a fundraising event, it's an awareness event," says Dr. Cairo. "It brings people in the community - particularly St. John's athletes and students - into the fold of understanding the importance of pediatric cancer research and the impact that it has not only on children today but also in the future. It also helps the University bring its students into the sphere of charity and doing public good - things that are part of the St. John's University mission."

    Dribble for the Cure was created by the PCRF as a way for college and university basketball programs to help raise money for children's cancer research and to bring dollars to local medical institutions for the care and treatment of children with cancer. John Vallely, former NBA player and a two-time national champion at UCLA, is the founder and an advisor to Dribble for the Cure.

    To find out more about St. John's Dribble for the Cure, including registration, pledge details and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, fans, alumni and supporters can go to: Please note: each participant is asked to bring their own basketball.

    About the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF)
    The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) is an independent, nonprofit organization, wholly dedicated to funding leading-edge pediatric cancer research nationwide. Since its founding in 1982, PCRF has raised over $30 million toward the ultimate goal of ending pediatric cancers so children and their families can re-focus on the joys of childhood. This commitment has translated into immediate treatment for children with cancer by developing innovative treatment protocols; improving patients' long-term quality of life; and supporting those scientists working on the precipice of important medical breakthroughs. For more information, please visit

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