News Release

July 21, 2008

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Fighting Cancer on the Fairway

UConn Cancer Research Golf Tournament Starts 4th Decade

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The 2008 UConn Cancer Research Golf Tournament will take place Monday, Aug. 4, at the Golf Club of Avon.

The proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the acquisition of a new hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy system for the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. This therapy, also known as HIPEC, enables physicians to deliver chemotherapy to difficult-to-reach cancerous cells.

In its 30-year history, the UConn Cancer Research Golf Tournament has raised more than $2 million for the UConn Health Center and the American Cancer Society, including $150,000 last year to expand the public tumor bank the UConn Health Center established in 2002. The fundraiser is organized and run entirely by volunteers.

Cocktails, dinner, an awards ceremony, an auction and a raffle drawing follow a day of golf. Raffle tickets are available to anyone and are not limited to registered golfers. This year’s prizes include a 42-inch flat-screen television, a laptop computer, a digital camera, a GPS system, and a wine cooler. The Golf Club of Avon is at 160 Country Club Road.

More information about the tournament, including how to participate, become a sponsor, donate or buy raffle tickets, is available by calling 860-679-4673. More information about the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is available at

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