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Dribble for the Cure children’s cancer fundraiser to be held Sunday at UCLA

City News Service | 10/18/2013, 1:43 p.m.
The sixth annual Dribble for the Cure will be held at UCLA Sunday, with the Bruin men’s and women’s basketball ...
Participants from Dribble for the Cure.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The sixth annual Dribble for the Cure will be held at UCLA Sunday, with the Bruin men’s and women’s basketball teams helping raise funds and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancers.

Participants will dribble a basketball over a 1.2-mile course through the campus. Individual participants and teams of at least 10 members will be asked to collect pledges.

Prizes will be awarded based on pledge amounts turned in by Sunday. All participants will receive an official “Dribble for the Cure” T-shirt and goodie bag.

Registration is set for 8:30 a.m. at Drake Stadium, where activity booths and entertainment will highlight a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. The dribble will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Finish line festivities will take place on Collins Court at the John Wooden Center at 11:15 a.m. where participants will have the opportunity to get autographs and have their pictures taken with UCLA men’s and women’s basketball players and members of other Bruin teams.

The 2012 edition of Dribble for the Cure had a record net revenue of $155,395.74, the university announced. The event has raised more than $531,000 in its history, with proceeds going to support research to benefit children’s cancer treatment at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

“The growing success of the Dribble for the Cure event makes a tremendous impact on the lives of our patients and their families by providing access to clinical trials and the development of new strategies to find cures for cancer,” said Dr. Theodore B. Moore, chief of pediatric hematology/oncology at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

Dribble for the Cure was conceived by John Vallely, a starting guard on UCLA’s 1969 and 1970 NCAA championship teams whose daughter, Erin, died from cancer in 1991, when she was 12 years old.

“Every day that you and I raise money for children’s cancer research is a day we are changing people’s lives,” Vallely said.

More information and registration forms are available at dribbleforthecure.com or by calling (800) 354-7273.