Aug. 18, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - As part of St. John's 2011 University Service Day, the Red Storm basketball programs are joining forces with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) for the inaugural "Dribble for the Cure" fundraising event in New York City this September.
The Dribble for the Cure - a run/walk event where everyone dribbles a basketball - will take place on the St. John's University Queens campus from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. The proceeds from the event will go to support Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo at the PCRF Laboratory at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College. Dr. Cairo's research has contributed to increased survival rates of childhood cancers, blood disorders and immunological diseases.
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 from the St. John's basketball teams and head coaches Steve Lavin and Kim Barnes Arico.
"St. John's Basketball is proud to be associated with Dribble for the Cure. It is an incredible program in line with our University's mission, that champions and supports pediatric cancer research in New York City," said Lavin. "We encourage our fans to come out, join our team, meet our student-athletes and staff and support this great cause. It's going to be a great day of service to the community at St. John's."
"Our team is really excited for the opportunity to participate in Dribble for the Cure," adds Barnes Arico, head coach of the Red Storm women. "It's also going to be a wonderful experience for our players to have a number of young kids and their families on our St. John's campus."
The event is being held as a part of St. John's University Service Day, a day dedicated to the university body serving communities locally, nationally and globally through programs such as Dribble for the Cure.
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.
"The 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 not always discussed in class."
To find out more about Dribble for the Cure, including registration and pledge details and sponsorship opportunities, click here. Please note: each participant is asked to bring their own basketball.
About the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF)
PCRF is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community and business leaders, as well as parents of oncology patients. The Foundation is privately supported by donations from individuals, charitable foundations and businesses. PCRF also raises funds through sales of its holiday/everyday line of cards designed by children with cancer. A dedicated group of volunteers donate their time and talents to ensure that over 80 percent of funds raised go directly to pediatric cancer research.
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