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"Tackle Cancer" Night Friday, Sept. 7

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The Perham Yellowjacket football team is participating in "Tackle Cancer" night Friday, September 7 at their first home game against Park Rapids. The Minnesota Football Coaches Association has challenged high school football teams to join them in raising funds for the Minnesota- based Randy Shaver Cancer Research Foundation.

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Cancer is a disease that has impacted all communities, most of our families, and many of our football teams throughout Minnesota. For the past 29 years, Randy Shaver has been there every Friday night in the fall covering high school football. This partnership seems so natural! Together, we are going to TACKLE CANCER.

The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support the cancer community in Minnesota by funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community's needs. That's where you and your football team come in. We are partnering with the MFCA to challenge every high school football team to sponsor at least one "Tackle Cancer" night during the month of September.

Randy Shaver has been the Sports Director at KARE-11 Television (NBC Affiliate) in Minneapolis/St. Paul since 1994. While his focus has always been on cancer research and the Minnesota cancer community, Randy's fight became intensely personal when he himself became a patient shortly after his 1998 tournament. Diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Disease, Randy's treatment and subsequent remission have understandably made him even more passionate than ever about finding a cure.

According to Randy Shaver's wife Roseann Giovanotto-Shaver, the focus of the organization is to support cancer research in Minnesota. "We want the cure for cancer to be found in our state, and we want Minnesotans to be able to find treatments close to home." When asked if they have a particular cancer they fund, Roseann states they are giving grants to all types of cancer.

Cutting edge research and technology is of great importance to this foundation. This past year grants have been awarded to the Minnesota Medical Foundation for numerous programs-among them: research to develop therapies to treat pancreatic cancer by studying micro-RNA gene regulatory mechanisms; a grant allowed funding of targeted therapy for forms of ovarian cancer that are not responsive to conventional chemotherapies, and immunological based treatments that capitalize on the body's natural defense systems like natural killer cells to treat cancer.

Football fans are invited to offer donations at the gate of the Sept. 7th home opener football game. In addition, Yellowjacket rally hankies, donated by United Community Bank, and snow cones will be available for a free-will donation to the Randy Shaver Cancer Foundation. Bring the family, and enjoy a great night of football as the team improves on their current record and tackles cancer.

DONATIONS AT WORK http://www.randyshavergolf.com/donationsatwork.html

Grants given are spent on technology and tools that enhance early detection of cancer, promising new programs that promote research that would help prevent cancer relapses, projects that demonstrate research in the area of cancer, and programs that enhance the lives of Minnesota's Cancer Community by providing aid and assistance. Prospective Grant seekers are required to submit a detailed descriptive proposal as well as a budget.

In 2011, the Fund awarded about $300,000 in grant monies. Here are the organizations/projects funded in 2011:

MEMORIAL BLOOD CENTER- HLA PLATELET TESTING "APHERESIS ANGELS" PROGRAM

This grant provides funding for donor platelets to be tested so they may be able to donate.

MIRACLES OF MITCH-THE MIRACLEKIDS CAMP

This grant provides several children battling cancer and their siblings the opportunity to attend Camp Courage, where they can participate in normal summer camp activities with the supervision of oncologists and medical staff to ensure their safety.

FAIRVIEW RIDGES HOSPITAL- FAIRVIEW YOUTH GRIEF SERVICES

Fairview Youth Grief Services provides support for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The goal of the program is to help grieving children restore a sense of normalcy, stability and hope for the future.

OPEN ARMS-DELIVERING NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH CANCER

Open Arms prepares and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of individuals living with serious and life-threatening diseases. Meals are also delivered to anyone in a household affected by disease, including caregivers and dependent children.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-MICRO RNA GENE REGULATORY NETWORKS IN PANCREATIC CANCER

This grant will be used to better understand the molecular mechanisms that contribute to the progression of pancreatic cancer. The goal is to develop therapies to can treat pancreatic cancer in early stages.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-BLOCKING ANNEXIN II TETRAMERS FORMATION INHIBIS TUMOR METASTASES INTO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

This grant supports Dr. Olin's work in stopping breast cancer from metastasizing into the central nervous system. The goal is is to greatly enhance patients' quality of life and long-term survival.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH IN ADVANCED STAGES

These funds were provided to support Dr. Bazarro's project to develop targeted therapies for forms of ovarian cancer that are not responsive to conventional chemotherapies.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-COMBINATION DRUG THERAPY FOR

METASTATIC MELANOMA

Dr. Dudek is working on a project to develop a new combination drug therapy for metastic melanoma.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-REDIRECTING NATURAL KILLER CELLS

TO SARCOMA CELLS

This grant provides support for Dr. Verneris' work to determine natural killer cells can be "redirected" to sarcoma targets.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-METFORMIN INHIBITION OF EPOXYGENASE PATHWAYS IN BREAST CANCER

Dr. Potter's studies will test how metformin inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells

and cell growth.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-PHASE 1 CLINICAL TRIAL: VACCINE THERAPY IN TREATING MALIGNANT GLIOMAS IN CHILDREN

This grant provides Dr. Ohlfest with funds to begin a phase 1 clinical trial of vaccine therapy in treating malignant gliomas.

MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-ENGINEERING BIOLOGICAL DRUGS TO ENGAGE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN KILLING CARCINOMA

These funds will support Dr. Vallera's work to synthesize and test a new biological drug designed to direct and activate the cells of the immune system in the killing of pancreatic cancer cells.

MEMORIAL BLOOD CENTERS- HLA PLATELET TESTING TO IMPROVE DONOR MATCHES FOR CANCER PATIENTS

This grant will provide funds for Dr. Perry and Dr. Gorlin to test more platelet donors in order to match their platelets for cancer patients.

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