- Posted Monday April 8, 2019
Non-members welcome to participate April 28 at all four Village Health Clubs in Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale
PHOENIX, Ariz. — April 8, 2019 — Cycling, yoga and a 5k-run are among the fundraising activities planned April 28 as cancer fighters and fitness advocates — many of them cancer survivors — gather at Village Health Clubs in support of cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
The 2019 Fitness for the Cure, now in its 9th year, has raised more than $1 million in the past for cancer research at TGen, an affiliate of City of Hope.
“Early detection saved my life at 33 years old,” said Tiffany Milliman, who will raise funds by cycling at the Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club. “I never thought I would have cancer, and never thought I would be able to do an IRONMAN (swim-cycle-run marathon competition). I conquered both the same year. Now I ride to inspire people and give others that same chance at life.”
Class spaces are limited, and organizers encourage participants to sign up early. You needn’t be a Village member to participate. Exercise events are planned throughout the day at four locations:
- Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 8-10 a.m. April 28. (In addition, a Hike for the Cure is planned from this location, starting at 7 a.m. April 27.)
- DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 28, including Hot Yoga from 10-11:30 a.m.
- Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, 4200 S. Alma School Road, Chandler; 9-11:30 a.m. April 28. A 5k Run for the Cure will begin from this location at 7:30 a.m. that day, with bottomless mimosas at the post race party.
- Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 3-5 p.m. April 28, including Hot Yoga from 4-5 p.m.
You don’t have to be present to participate. You can also sign up as a virtual athlete.
Cancer survivors are leading the charge in TGen’s efforts to find new treatments and cures:
“As a stage III cancer survivor, I know cancer can affect your family and friends. Sports helped me to stay strong in my journey, and I want to help others. No one fights alone, and I’m sure you can be part of this.” — Dari Campoy, who will raise funds by cycling at the Ocotillo Village.
“As a survivor I am forever dedicated to raising funds for cancer preventions, treatments and cures. Indoor cycling, directly funding local research at TGen, is a bonus.” — Stacey Roswell, who will cycle at Gainey Village.
“Cancer has affected all of us — this disease knows no limits and has personally touched me, my family and many friends. TGen’s Fitness for the Cure supports cancer research for continued advancements in treatments and ultimately a cure. The joy and contentment you feel when you give will be priceless.” — David Tedesco, who will participate at the D.C. Ranch Village.
Fitness for the Cure 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.
“Our research depends on individuals pulling together in local events such as Fitness for the Cure, and as a result Arizona patients are the first to benefit,” said Erin Massey, Chief Development Officer at TGen, and Vice President of Philanthropy at City of Hope.
“The Village Health Clubs partner with several charities throughout Arizona, and play a particularly vital role in the success of Fitness for the Cure,” Massey said. “It’s a privilege for us to work with them, helping patients in our community who desperately need answers today.”
A post event party is planned at the Camelback Village, starting at 5:30 p.m. April 28, featuring food, drinks, and music provided by the band Rock Lobster. Fitness for the Cure participants get in free. Party only tickets are $20 at www.tgen.org/fitness.
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About TGen, an affiliate of City of Hope
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life-changing results. TGen is affiliated with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases: www.cityofhope.org. 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. 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 toward patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and complex rare diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities 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. Follow TGen on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @TGen.
TGen Senior Science Writer