UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 28

quick takes Cycliad Announces Fundraising Success Representatives from the Deep South Cancer Foundation recently presented a check for $35,000 to the Cancer Center from proceeds from Cycliad 2016. These funds will be used to support the center’s patient navigation programs, which help patients overcome barriers and other issues surrounding their care. Cycliad is a statewide cycling challenge and the signature event of the Deep South Cancer Foundation, which aims to provide simple and direct solutions for easy access to needed resources for cancer patients. Pictured, L to R: DSCF Executive Director Drew Read, Sarah Smedley, Dr. Ed Partridge and Warren Smedley Local Mother and Son Present Holiday Gifts to Patients In December, Birmingham residents Virgie Townsend and her son Martin, a six-year cancer survivor, brought homemade Christmas goodies to patients and staff in the hospital’s infusion clinic and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Ms. Townsend has done this for the last five years as a way to show her appreciation to the UAB staff for the care her son has received and to provide hope and encouragement for cancer patients going through treatment. UAB Basketball Goes to “Blockingham” The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud of its longstanding partnership with UAB Athletics and their support of cancer research. The UAB men’s basketball has been participating in a unique fundraising initiative this season. Head coach Robert Ehsan pledged $10 for each blocked shot during the entire season while each of the Blazer players are making contributions based on blocked shots during Conference USA play. The $3,000 raised will go toward the Gene Bartow Memorial Fund for Cancer Research at UAB. The Blazers are one of the leading teams in C-USA in blocked shots, inspiring the nickname “Blockingham”! 26 U A B C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R C E N T E R