TGen Plans Walk/Run to Benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Oct. 10, 2008 - Volunteers organizing TGen's 3rd annual StepNOut for Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk/Run hope to raise more than $50,000 to help advance cancer studies.

Mark Curtis, co-anchor of 12 News, is the honorary chair and will be master of ceremonies of this year's event Nov. 2 at Tempe's Kiwanis Community Park.

Contributions will be used to help fund the Translational Genomics Research Institute's Pancreatic Cancer Research Team (PCRT) serum bank. The serum bank was founded in part by world-expert Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, TGen's Physician-in-Chief and Director of TGen's Clinical Translational Research Division.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is estimated that this year it will kill more than 34,000 of the nearly 38,000 Americans diagnosed with this disease. KPNX-TV (Channel 12) is the media sponsor of the event, organized by TGen's National Pancreatic Cancer Committee.

More than 500 people are expected to participate in a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile fun run, a kid's dash for small children, and raffles with prizes that would make great holiday gifts. Last year's event raised more than $40,000.

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About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. Research at TGen is focused on helping patients with diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. TGen is on the cutting edge of translational research where investigators are able to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen believes it can make a substantial contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process.

Media Contacts:

Erin Massey
Assistant Director of Development, TGen Foundation
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Roseanna Robinson Norman
StepNOut Walk/Run Chair
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