Oct. 8, 2008
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IOWA CITY – Members of the University of Iowa volleyball team recently toured the Roland and Ruby Holden Cancer Research Laboratories in preparation for its upcoming “Attacking Breast Cancer” match. Dr. George Weiner, who is the Director of the Cancer Center and CE Block Chair of Cancer Research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, conducted the tour.
Both student-athletes and coaches were given a tour of the high technology centers, research laboratories and one of the high tech core facilities that are used to research and develop cures for many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Dr. Weiner also discussed what type of research is done at the facility.
“The tour was absolutely amazing,” senior Catherine Smale said. “It was unbelievable to see the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into the effort to fight cancer. The team now has a better understanding of what exactly goes on at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and we are even more motivated to play Saturday.”
The UI Department of Athletics will be donating $1 of every ticket sold at the door to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer. Emily Hiza’s pink libero jersey, along with two pink volleyballs, will also be autographed by Head Coach Sharon Dingman and donated to the Blue Rose Gala event, hosted by the Holden Cancer Comprehensive Research Center in April.
“In the fight against cancer, making new discoveries and developing new treatments is crucial,” Dr. Weiner said. “Events like the upcoming volleyball match are very helpful in raising awareness. It is our goal to provide top-notch clinical care to patients and to increase public awareness in the battle against cancer.”
Iowa’s “Attacking Breast Cancer” match is Saturday at 7 p.m. against Indiana.