DUARTE, Calif. - Baseball players and their fans are passionate about winning. Researchers are just as passionate about finding cures. The Los Angeles Dodgers and ThinkCure! will once again use their winning drive to help give cancer researchers at City of Hope a competitive edge against cancer: ThinkCure! Weekend. The yearly weekend, helping Angelenos in their battle against cancer, kicks off Saturday at Dodger Stadium as the Los Angeles Dodgers square off against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Through ThinkCure!, the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans support City of Hope's efforts to find new treatments and cures for cancer patients. The annual ThinkCure event has raised more than $2 million over eight years to help support research grants, setting the stage for medical breakthroughs.
Highlights of the weekend will include:
- Saturday's "first pitch," thrown by Steven T. Rosen, M.D., provost and chief scientific officer at City of Hope.
- Sunday's "first pitches," thrown by hematologist Stephen J. Forman, M.D., leader of the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute at City of Hope, and his patient, leukemia survivor Steven Bochco, an Emmy-award winning television producer and writer.
- Pediatric patients treated at City of Hope taking the field as part of "Kids Take The Field" and as announcers for "It's Time for Dodger Baseball."
"For many years, City of Hope has benefited from ThinkCure!'s support of our researchers," said Forman. "The fundraising efforts this weekend will support City of Hope's search for new ways to fight cancer and help our researchers turn powerful science into powerful new treatments for patients."
Donations can be made by visiting the ThinkCure! website at www.thinkcure.org.
ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based non-profit organization that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancer. The organization funds research projects at City of Hope by convening an objective, peer-based panel of expert doctors and giving to the most promising collaborative and leading-edge cancer research projects. For more information, please visit www.thinkcure.org.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.
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