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  • Posted Monday March 26, 2018

Fitness for the Cure radically expands options to support TGen

Non-members welcome to participate April 29 at any of four Village Health Clubs in Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale

PHOENIX, Ariz. — March 26, 2018 — It’s an event that now has a slightly different name, but the same passionate goal: promoting fitness while raising cancer research funds for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

This year’s day-long Fitness for the Cure — (formerly Cycle for the Cure) — has expanded the workout options beyond in-place cycling, by adding hiking, tennis, a variety of yoga, a fitness boot camp, or an hour of interval training called Mixxed Fit.

Now in its 8th year, this signature TGen event — available at various times and locations on April 29 — has raised more than $1 million in the past for TGen cancer research, including more than $200,000 in 2017. Organizers hope to top last year’s total.

“We are opening up this event to more than spinning classes and a few yoga options to a whole variety of exercise modes, enabling TGen supporters to select the activities that best fit their goals and passions,” said Vicki Vaughn, one of the event’s co-chairs.

Class spaces are limited, and organizers encourage participants to sign up early. Exercise events are planned throughout the day on April 29 at four locations:

  • Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 8-10:15 a.m.
  • Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, 4200 S. Alma School Road, Chandler; 9-11:30 a.m.
  • DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 3-5 p.m.

To register, go to and click on 8th Annual Fitness for the Cure, or go directly to

“Village Health Clubs are exclusive, state-of-the-art workout facilities, and we are so glad that they are being made available to the general public on this one special day to support all the good work TGen does to find better treatments for the many types of cancer that afflict Arizonans,” said Robyn DeBell, also a co-chair of Fitness for the Cure.

You don’t have to be present to participate. You can also sign up as a virtual athlete.

For those who do attend, there is a post-exercise “cool down” party at 5 p.m. at Camelback Village, featuring cool refreshments, small bites, and live music by Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O's Band. (The party is free for participants; $20 for guests.) DC Ranch, Gainey and Ocotillo Village participants are encouraged to celebrate at Camelback.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lindsey Kent, TGen Foundation events coordinator, at [email protected] or 602-343-8681.

The theme for the new Fitness for the Cure — #SetThePace — encourages participants to work hard, supporting TGen scientists to remain global front-runners in genomic-based precision medicine efforts to fight cancer. Using genomic sequencing, TGen helps doctors match the appropriate therapy to each patient's DNA profile, producing the greatest patient benefit.

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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 neurological disorders, cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases, 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. TGen is affiliated with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer and diabetes treatment center: This precision medicine affiliation enables both institutes to complement each other in research and patient care, with City of Hope providing a significant clinical setting to advance scientific discoveries made by TGen. For more information, visit: Follow TGen on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter @TGen.

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