About UCLA Dribble for the Cure
The University of California, Los Angeles Athletic Department and Bruin Basketball are joining forces with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA for the 9th Annual Dribble for the Cure event.
The event will take place on the UCLA campus at Drake Stadium on Sunday, November 6, 2016. With last year's event being such a huge success with breaking the million dollar mark to help find the cure for pediatric cancer - in 2016 we hope to set new records and exceed last year's donation high.
Head coaches of the Bruin men's and women's basketball teams and the UCLA Athletic Department have dedicated their support for this ninth annual event. It will raise funds for pediatric cancer research through the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the Cancer Research Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA on the Bruin campus.
This is a fun-filled day, where participants will be given the opportunity to meet the UCLA basketball teams and head coaches. In addition, other UCLA athletes will be in attendance to support the event. Participants are asked to bring their own basketball and Dribble for the Cure on a course winding through the UCLA campus. The event will feature a festival of games, autographs and pictures with players, along with food and entertainment prior to the start of the event. Each participant will be asked to collect pledges for their “dribble” and will be eligible for prizes based on the amount of pledge money turned in by the date of the event. In addition, each participant will receive a Dribble for the Cure t-shirt and goodie bag.
Registration and opening event festivities with members of the UCLA men's and women's basketball teams will take place in Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus.
8:30am - Registration opens and Dribble for the Cure Festival opens
10:00am - Welcome Ceremony
10:15am - Start of Dribble for the Cure course
11:15am - Finish Line Festivities at Collins Court
About Our Organization
Since its establishment in 1982, PCRF has focused its efforts to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. The founders, comprised of parents, physicians and community leaders, joined forces to begin support of laboratory research that would translate into immediate treatment for children with cancer. Since 1982, the dedicated volunteers of PCRF have raised over $36 million for pediatric cancer research. PCRF is currently funding at 11 different institutions across the country.
Winning the Battle
- The cancer death rate has dropped more dramatically for children than for any other age group.
- This progress can be attributed solely to research.
- The survival rate in certain pediatric cancers has increased from 50% to greater than 80% since 1985.
- 80% of all funds raised by PCRF goes directly to research.
- 1 in 330 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.
- Each year cancer kills more children and adolescents than any other disease.
- The incidence of cancer among children in the U.S. is rising almost 1% per year.
- Every day, 46 young people are diagnosed with cancer.
- Less than 4% of the money budgeted by the National Cancer Institute is directed to pediatric cancer research.
Now is the time to find a cure, the answer is very close and so much progress has been made. We just need the research to reach that finish line!