Zia Record Exchange raises $5,000 for TGen diabetes research

June fundraising drive associated with Waylon Jennings birthday bashes

PHOENIX, Ariz. - July 25, 2013 - Zia Record Exchange today will present a $5,000 check to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to help fund the Waylon Jennings Fund for Diabetes Research.

Arizona-based Zia Records raised the funds through their eight stores - four in Phoenix, two in Tucson, and two in Las Vegas - during June in association with a nationwide series of 20 Waylon Birthday Bashes, which also raised funds for TGen's diabetes research.

"Our terrific customers and staff came through in a big way to show their support of the Waylon Jennings legacy and support TGen's important work to combat the disease that took the life of an Arizona music icon," said Mary Papenhausen, Promotions Director for Zia Records. "Zia is proud to partner with TGen and happy to help build awareness of their great organization and the work they do fighting diabetes and other diseases."

Jennings, who died in 2002 of complications from diabetes, would have been 76 on June 15. Donations associated with the birthday bashes support research at TGen, which uses information about the human genome to find new treatments, and perhaps someday a cure, for the estimated 26 million Americans afflicted with this debilitating disease.

Throughout June, Zia customers donated to TGen's Waylon Fund by using their customer loyalty Z-Card. They were automatically entered to win a Waylon Jennings T-shirt and Epiphone guitar when they made a donation at the Zia stores. The winner of the guitar was a very happy customer that donated at the Zia Chandler store.

Zia will present a check for $5,000 to TGen at 9 a.m. today, July 25, at its Zia Camelback store at 1850 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, located in Central Phoenix at 19th Avenue and Camelback.

"We are grateful to Zia Records and their customers for joining Waylon Jennings' family and friendsin supporting TGen's Waylon Fund," said Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation. "Zia's leadership and generosity demonstrates their commitment to help TGen's scientists and doctors bring precision medicine to patients everywhere."

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About TGen
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit:www.tgen.org.

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