Sept. 21, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball programs will again partner with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) to host the seventh-annual St. John’s Dribble for the Cure this Saturday, as part of University Service Day on the St. John’s Queens Campus. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. outside Carnesecca Arena.
St. John’s Dribble for the Cure attracts hundreds of participants annually and has raised more than $500,000 for pediatric cancer research since 2011. Last year’s event set a new fundraising record bringing in more than $105,000.
Participants dribble a basketball around campus alongside members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and are treated to entertainment, refreshments, games, face painting and much more.
All proceeds directly support the PCRF Laboratory directed by Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and New York Medical College. The work of Dr. Cairo, a world-renowned researcher, has contributed to dramatically increased survival rates of childhood cancers and blood disorders.
Founded by John Vallely, a former NBA player and a two-time national champion at UCLA, Dribble For The Cure was created as a way for college and university basketball programs to help raise money for children’s cancer research and bring dollars to local medical institutions for the care and treatment of children with cancer.
For more information or to register for the event visit, www.dribbleforthecure.com. To learn more about additional University Service Day volunteer opportunities visit, http://www.stjohns.edu/faith/service-opportunities/16th-annual-university-service-day .
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 more than $36 million toward the ultimate goal of ending pediatric cancer 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, visit www.PCRF-kids.org.