May 1, 2007
Tug McGraw Foundation, Tim McGraw’s Band Members to Run ING New York City Marathon to Raise Awareness, Support for Cancer Patients
NAPA, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF), founded in honor of legendary pitcher Tug McGraw to fund research on behalf of brain tumor patients, announced today that it has been invited to be a charity partner for the ING New York City Marathon 2007. Charity partners are given guaranteed entries into the marathon, which otherwise accepts runners on a lottery basis. Runners are allowed to raise funds for the partner organization. Members of TMF Honorary Chairman Tim McGraw's band, the Dancehall Doctors, will be among those running for the Foundation.
"TMF is an ideal charity partner for this marathon," says Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and race director of the ING New York City Marathon. "NYRR aims to change the world for better through running and fitness, and TMF is dedicated to improving the health and care of cancer patients."Each TMF runner will honor a specific brain tumor patient to raise awareness for this disease. Dancehall Doctor Jeff McMahon will run in memory of Hannah Uhrmacher, a little girl who changed peoples' lives with her "Ya Gotta Believe" attitude. Bandmate Dean Brown is running for Evan Sanka, a one-year old fighting a Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH) brain tumor.
"We want to put a face on the need for more research," says TMF Honorary Chairman Tim McGraw. "You say 'cancer research' and it can seem like an impersonal cause. It is extremely personal for millions of individual patients and their families. New York Road Runners is giving us a wonderful opportunity to call attention to the need for funds to help people fight cancer every day."
"Research works. Patients diagnosed with a brain tumor today are living longer and better lives than ever before," says Dr. Lee Jones, Assistant Research Professor in Surgery and Co-Director of the Tug McGraw Center at Duke University. "I am running for Michael Giannoni, a husband, father and former Mr. World, All Natural Bodybuilding Champion living with a Glioblastoma multiforme tumor."
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the world's great road races, drawing more than 93,000 applicants. The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, not only for the more than $700,000 in prize money, but also for the chance to excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and millions more television viewers. As any one of the 710,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime.
To join the fight against brain cancer and support these patients and others, please visit http://www.tugmcgraw.org/.
About the Tug McGraw Foundation
The Tug McGraw Foundation was established to raise funds for pioneering brain tumor research, increase public awareness of the disease, and support college students who exemplify leadership and Tug's inspiring "Ya Gotta Believe" spirit. Over 300,000 adults and children annually receive a diagnosis of brain cancer, and the mission of the Foundation is to support research that will improve their quality of life in the physical, social, spiritual, and cognitive areas. The Foundation supports the Tug McGraw Center for Neuro- Oncology Quality of Life Research at Duke University Medical Center as well as other research and medical institutions.
Tug McGraw Foundation
CONTACT: Bill Peatman, +1-707-255-5555, ext. 106,[email protected], for Tug McGraw Foundation
Web site: http://www.tugmcgraw.org/