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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-9917
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Release: March 10, 1999

Youth wrestling tournament at Xavier to benefit research at UI Cancer Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A youth wrestling tournament, providing fun for kids while helping support research at the University of Iowa Cancer Center, will be Saturday, March 20 at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids.

Children in first through eighth grade at any area school may participate. Registration is $8 per child by March 17 and $10 at the door. Two dollars of each entry fee will go through the UI Foundation to the UI Cancer Center.

A portion of the spectator admission fees -- $2 for adults and $1 for children -- will also go to the center.

Participant weigh-in at Xavier's main gym begins at 7 a.m. Round-robin competitions by grade level will begin at 9 a.m. and last until approximately 3 p.m.

John Ward, a sales representative with Gilcrest Jewett Lumber Company in Cedar Rapids, initiated the fund-raising event.

Ward, who volunteers as head coach of Xavier's junior high and club wrestling programs, said, "I wanted to help with the wrestling program and do something that's very important to me by raising funds for cancer research."

Ward's father, Donald Ward, died in 1997 from cancer of the esophagus.

The UI Cancer Information Service will host an informational booth at the tournament.

Cedar Rapids sponsors of the event include Gilcrest Jewett Lumber Company, Landmark Development, McGuire Mortgage, Nelson Electric, Play It Again Sports (also with a store in Iowa City) and the Ward family.

For tournament registration information, contact Dave Malecek, Xavier High School head wrestling coach, at (319) 294-6635. For information about the fund-raising effort, contact John Ward, at (319) 447-0218.

Xavier High School is located at 6300 42nd St., off of Edgewood Road in Cedar Rapids.

The UI Cancer Center in Iowa City is dedicated to cancer research, clinical care, education, detection and prevention. The center advances cancer research and education through the collaborative efforts of researchers and physicians from 26 departments in six UI colleges and the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Using knowledge gained through this research, UI physicians and other health care professionals work together in the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center to provide the most advanced cancer care available in a manner that recognizes each patient as an individual.