Howard Young celebrates 10 years of cancer survival at Oct. 1 charity tournament

September 20, 2012

Howard Young's 2012 Atlanta Golf Classic is expected to draw a sold out limit of 120 competitors to its 3rd annual benefit tournament for pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The Oct. 1 tournament at the Capital City Crabapple Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga., is 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.

While only 25 percent of pancreatic cancer patients live longer than 1 year, and only 6 percent live longer than 5 years, Young has lived nearly 10 years since his diagnosis.

"I have been blessed to survive this terrible disease for the past 10 years," said Young, an Atlanta businessman. "TGen Physician-In-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff and the brilliant pancreatic cancer research team at TGen have provided the treatment that has kept me alive."

The Atlanta Golf Classic kicks off the fall fundraising drive of the Seena Magowitz Foundation, which supports innovative pancreatic cancer research and clinical trials conducted by TGen, a Phoenix-based world-class non-profit biomedical research center.

On Dec. 8, the Magowitz Foundation will host its 10th annual Seena Magowitz Celebrity Golf Classic, returning for the second year to the storied Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Net proceeds from last year's Phoenix and Atlanta tournaments collectively raised more than $550,000 for TGen's international initiative to eradicate pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America.

"The enthusiasm and support we have received for Howard Young's tournament has been overwhelming," said Roger Magowitz, President of the Magowitz Foundation, which is named for his mother, Seena, who passed as a result of pancreatic cancer in 2001. "We expect that energy will carry over to the tournament in Phoenix, where were are anticipating our most successful event ever."

The Capital City Crabapple Golf Club is located at 13802 New Providence Road in Alpharetta, Ga. The Golf Classic is Oct. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an award lunch from 2-4 p.m.

The Atlanta golf tournament is sold out for a third year. Young credits much of the success to the efforts of co-hosts John Morley and Tom Vitale, and his parents Bill and Jane Young.

Donations are still being accepted, and non-golfers are invited to attend the awards luncheon, where a live auction will include an EZGO golf cart.

Please contact Tournament Director Liz McBeth at [email protected] or (757) 773-3622.

For more information, visit: Or contact Roger E. Magowitz at [email protected] or 602-524-7636.

About the Seena Magowitz Foundation
The Seena Magowitz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 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. For more information, visit:

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. For more information, visit:

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