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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:26 pm | Updated: 1:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Kickoff at Relay for Life of Chandler

Friends, neighbors and cancer survivors will come together for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Chandler kickoff celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Faith Family Church, 530 E. Queen Creek Road, Chandler.

Anyone who wishes to form a team or volunteer to help with the event or wants to hear more about this year's highlights is encouraged to attend.

Relay for Life is an overnight event that celebrates cancer survivors while honoring those in the community who lost their battle with cancer.

Relay for Life of Chandler will be held May 1-2 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.

For more information, call co-chairwoman Lori Fries at (480) 899-0022 or e-mail

$5M given to Arizona Cancer Center

The late Fenton L. Maynard of Phoenix donated $5 million from his estate to the Arizona Cancer Center. This is the largest gift for research activities made to the center in its 33-year history, according to officials.

The Margaret E. and Fenton L. Maynard Excellence in Breast Cancer Research Endowment will be used to support basic and clinical research by Arizona Cancer Center scientists and physicians to achieve improved diagnosis, treatment or prevention of breast cancer.

"Fenton Maynard was devastated by the death of his beloved wife from breast cancer, so much so that he asked that the majority of his estate be utilized for a research 'crusade' to prevent and cure breast cancer," said Dr. David S. Alberts, director of the Arizona Cancer Center. "The estate will be dedicated to endowed chairs, as well as research endowments to make Fenton's dreams come true."

Maynard, 87, died July 19 in Phoenix. His wife, Margaret, died of breast cancer in October 2006. Maynard retired from Skaggs Drugs and American Stores as senior executive vice president in 1982.

The Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and in Scottsdale, the center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state and 300 physician and scientist members working to prevent and cure cancer.


Study to examine individualized care

Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center is the site of a new clinical trial sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation and its Dig Pink Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. The study will examine the effects of individualized treatment on patients with metastatic breast cancer.

The trial will bring together community oncologists, nurses and researchers in the field of molecular medicine.

The Side-Out breast cancer study is a follow-up to the promising Bisgrove clinical trial conducted at Scottsdale Healthcare, which indicated cancer patients can survive longer under treatments based on their individual genetic profiles.

Clinical trials for the Side-Out study will be at TGen Clinical Research Services at Scottsdale Healthcare and Fairfax Northern Virginia Hematology Oncology.

The Dig Pink Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign aims to raise $1 million

High schools and colleges across the country will host volleyball matches to "pink out" the stadium in support of new research.

Tempe's Desert Vista High School girls' volleyball team in Ahwatukee Foothills first exemplified the passion and commitment to breast cancer research by holding a Dig Pink event that raised more than $12,000.

The Side-Out Foundation is continuing that momentum by attracting more than 1,000 additional high schools and colleges to compete in similar volleyball tournaments in order to raise $1 million in support of cancer research.

The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 by a group of individuals drawn together by their love of volleyball, but who also share a similar passion to be a part of the war against breast cancer. Side-Out's mission is to raise money for the war against breast cancer through the sport of volleyball.


Meeting for east Mesa's Relay for Life

A kickoff meeting for the Relay for Life of East Mesa will be 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Mesa Community College's Red Mountain Campus, 7110 E. McKellips Road. The meeting will be in Room M-200.

The East Mesa American Cancer Society Relay for Life is April 17 at Red Mountain High School, 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track relay-style to raise funds while celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease.

At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminarias around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

In 1985, Relay for Life began with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours, raising $27,000. This year, Relay for Life will take place in more than 4,900 communities.

For more information, e-mail Ed Lipinski, the event chairman, at, or visit

Cost reduced for early detection tests

A local medical laboratory group is reducing its early detection package costs and teaming with a Mesa-based breast cancer nonprofit group to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

LabXpress is donating a portion of the proceeds from each early detection package conducted in October and November to the Breast Cancer Society.

The Mesa lab at 745 W. Baseline Road, Suite 6, offers a battery of more than 60 tests commonly ordered by doctors used to evaluate the general health of an individual. Though not intended to diagnose or specifically indicate cancer, if there is a health issue, these tests may help a physician discover and diagnose the problem, according to LabXpress.

LabXpress is offering the package for $95 through October and November.

The Breast Cancer Society focuses on providing direct help and financial aid to those suffering from breast cancer.

Information: Call (602) 273-9000 or visit

Pink support from Cards, youth league

With help from the Arizona Cardinals, the Gilbert Youth Football League will support breast cancer awareness month during football games in October. Coaches will have T-shirts supplied by the Cardinals, and a few of the teams have ordered pink wristbands to show their support. Coaches are encouraging parents to wear pink and will take donations for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund.

Flag football games are at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Higley High School's practice field, off Recker Road between Pecos and Williams Field roads in Gilbert. Tackle games are at 8 a.m. Saturdays in Higley High's stadium.


Make wine, contribute to cause

Studio Vino, a Tempe winery where customers can create and bottle their own wine, is donating $50 for each batch of custom wine made this month to the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The winery is also selling $25 raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Raffle prizes will be awarded during Wine for the Cure event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, at Studio Vino, 1825 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite 105, Tempe. The event will have wine tastings, food and Arizona State University jazz musicians.

Last year, Studio Vino raised just under $1,000. The goal this year is to raise $2,000.

Information: (480) 897-1800 or

Cancer society 5K walk

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, will be Nov. 7 at Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

To sign up, visit

Singing competition aids fight

Five local high schools are hosting a singing competition, with the winners from each competing against each other in a December finale.

The schools are raising money for local breast cancer patients.

Higley High School in Gilbert will host its singing competition at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

Queen Creek, Williams Field, Desert Ridge and Combs high schools have already held their singing contests.

The finale will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on the Queen Creek High campus.

Information: (480) 284-4014, ext. 4, or

'Dig Pink' Volleyball Game

The first Perry High School "Dig Pink" Volleyball Game will help educate and raise funds to help fight breast cancer.

Chandler's Perry High will play against Tempe's Corona Del Sol High School at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in Perry High's gymnasium, 1919 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert.

Donations from the silent auction, raffle tickets, "pink" food and drinks, and Dig Pink volleyball T-shirts will be donated to the Dig Pink Sideout Foundation.

The Side-Out Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 by a group of individuals drawn together by their love of volleyball, but who also share a similar passion to be a part of the war against breast cancer. Side-Out's mission is to raise money for the war against breast cancer through the recreational activity of volleyball.

To donate online, visit

3-Day walk in November

The Breast Cancer 3-Day walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure begins at 7 a.m. Nov. 13 at Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert.

The closing ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale.


Pink boxer shorts on sale

Fulton Homes and radio station 98.7 The Peak have teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Arpaio's limited edition pink boxer shorts will be on sale for $20, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

"This detrimental disease is unfortunately on the rise," said Douglas Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. "Fulton Homes is committed to standing behind the battle against breast cancer and supporting the search for a cure."

Proceeds from pink boxers usually assist the Maricopa County Youth Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports programs that prevent youth violence and promotes social development, good role models and positive interaction with law enforcement.

To purchase Sheriff Joe's limited edition pink boxer shorts, visit


To submit a cancer event, e-mail the information to

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