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University of Iowa Media News Release

March 16, 2005

Aiming For A Cure Event To Benefit Families Affected By Childhood Cancer

Aiming For a Cure will hold its second annual event this weekend to benefit the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Children's Hospital of Iowa in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Steve Ries, father of bone marrow patient Ben Ries of Center Point, Iowa, organized Aiming for a Cure to support the hospital's bone marrow transplant program through an activity he and his son enjoy - hunting with dogs.

A raffle and auction will also occur during the 2005 Aiming for a Cure event, March 18-20 at the Hideaway Hunt Club near Riverside, Iowa. Proceeds will support research, patient care and families of children receiving treatment for cancer.

The first ever Aiming For a Cure event in 2004 paired celebrities with pheasant hunters and raised more than $30,000 for the bone marrow transplant service.

For more information, contact Lisa Baum with Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 130,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.