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Inaugural event raises funds for investigations into pancreatic cancer

ATLANTA, Ga. - Nov. 17, 2010 - The 2010 Golf Atlanta charity golf tournament raised $105,000 in its first year to benefit research aimed at finding better treatments and eventually a cure for pancreatic cancer.

2010 Golf Atlanta drew 124 players Oct. 15, 2010, to the Crabapple Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga., just north of Atlanta.

Proceeds support the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a non-profit biomedical research facility in Phoenix, Ariz., working to find new agents to prevent, treat and eventually cure pancreatic cancer.

"It was a tremendous turnout for the first year of this tournament," said Roger Magowitz, Chairman of the Seena Magowitz Foundation. "It was completely sold out; played on a meticulously manicured course in perfect weather. We're already looking forward to next year's 2011 Golf Atlanta event."

Besides entry fees, donations were raised through an auction that included a golf cart and several high-end, custom mattresses from leading manufacturers that support research into pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America. More than 37,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year.

Contributions support TGen's life-changing research by driving new therapeutic agents into much needed clinical trials, where they can have an immediate impact on patient care.

The event was co-hosted by the Seena Magowitz Foundation, John Morley, Tom Vitale and Howard Young, a pancreatic cancer survivor who chairs the TGen Foundation's National Pancreatic Cancer Committee.

The Seena Magowitz Foundation is committed to advancing the awareness and eventual prevention and cure of pancreatic cancer. The Foundation is dedicated to funding top medical institutions on the leading edge of translational pancreatic cancer research committed to diagnosis, the advancement of life-extending treatment options and the ultimate goal of eradicating this deadly killer.

The Foundation annually hosts a major charity golf tournament that has raised millions of dollars for pancreatic cancer research. The 8th annual Seena Magowitz Celebrity Golf Classis is set for Dec. 4, 2010, at the Talking Stick Resort near Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information about the Seena Magowitz Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit: www.seenamagowitzfoundation.org, or contact Liz McBeth at (757) 773-3622 or [email protected]

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About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based 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. TGen is affiliated with the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org.

Press Contact:
Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
[email protected]

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