Oct. 26, 2012
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DES MOINES, IOWA — University of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery and his wife, Margaret, raised $51,450 for Coaches vs. Cancer at an event held October 17, 2012, in Iowa City. The invitation-only First Annual Hawkeye Basketball Tip-Off Party benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer was held at the penthouse home of Marc Moen and Bobby Jett atop Iowa City’s Hotel Vetro.
About 150 attendees heard Fran McCaffery speak of the importance of cancer research and other services for those diagnosed with cancer. “Margaret and I know firsthand the devastating impact that cancer can have on patients and their loved ones,” said McCaffery. “We are committed to doing what we can to raise funds to finance both cancer research and supportive services for those fighting cancer and their families.”
McCaffery said, “Coaches vs. Cancer is one way I can leverage my position as Hawkeye men’s basketball coach to do something good off the court.” He continued, “Margaret and I appreciate the support Iowa fans have shown us on the court and now again in this fundraising effort. We plan to grow this partnership with Iowa fans to raise funds to fight cancer.”
Coach McCaffery serves on the national Coaches vs. Cancer board. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.
All funds from the Coaches vs. Cancer event go to the American Cancer Society and benefit programs such as the Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City and research at the University of Iowa Holden Cancer Center. “We appreciate the commitment of time and effort that Coach and Margaret have made to raising funds for cancer research and services to help those living with cancer,” said Marcia Holley, Iowa’s State Leadership Director for the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 14 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.