Fishin' for the Cure | Sep 14, 2012

Physical Therapy Students help make a splash for childhood cancer research at "Fishin' for the Cure"

Ten students from the University of Mary's Doctorate of Physical Therapy class of 2013 attended the fifth annual 'Fishin' for the Cure' fishing tournament. The event was held August 18th at Rock Creek Marina on Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana and was attended and supported by 200 gracious participants - with more than 30 fishing teams and nearly 90 fishermen catching a boat load of fish - to help raise money for childhood cancer research.

'Fishin' for the Cure' is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Matthew Siegle, Tracy Russo, and Katie Siegle, a class of 2013 DPT student at the University of Mary. When the organization was started, Matthew had been battling Osteosarcoma for five years and dreamed of a day that no child would have to suffer from the painstaking battle of cancer. Katie was married to Matthew who unfortunately succumbed to cancer in August of 2010 at the age of 25.

In addition to the fishing derby, Fishin' for the Cure also hosted 'Be Brave and Shave' where 8 children and adults collected donations to shave their heads in an effort to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The DPT class of 2013 raised over $750 to sponsor one of their classmates, Danny Magana, in the event.

The fundraising efforts for 2012 has yielded $20,000 thus far, more than doubling last year's achievement, and the organization's previous goal of $10,000. To help 'Fishin' for the Cure' concur its fundraising goal and further its effort to find a cure you can make a donation by visiting http://www.fishinforthecure.com/Donate.html.

"With the incredible support, 'Fishin' for the Cure' was already able to send $14,000, which was matched by an anonymous donor to $28,000, to help fund a very promising international collaborative research grant between 6 countries where there is hope of closing in on a cure," says Katie Siegle, Co-Founder of 'Fishin' for the Cure'. More information is available at www.fishinforthecure.com or on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/FishinForTheCure.ChildhoodCancer