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May 12, 2005

Aiming For A Cure Organizers To Present $60,000 Check

Organizers of Aiming For A Cure will present a check for $60,000 at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the entrance to the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The funds are the proceeds of the second annual Aiming For A Cure event held March 18-20, 2005 at the Highland Hideaway Hunt Club near Riverside, Iowa. The event also included a raffle and auction at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

Steve Ries, father of bone marrow transplant 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.

Officials with Children's Miracle Network will accept the gift. The proceeds will support research, patient care and families of children receiving treatment for cancer in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

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

The mission of the Aiming For A Cure Foundation is to benefit the pediatric hematology/oncology programs at Children's Hospital of Iowa. For more information, see www.aimingforacure.com.

The Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is located on the third level of the John Colloton Pavilion. For more information, contact Lisa Baum, 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.