Friday, May 28, 2010

Tackling Cancer, a great cause compelled by the love of rugby

Fellow blogger, Dallen Stanford of Pakis Corner fame, introduced to the world this week the Tackling Cancer Foundation, a fantastic non-profit combining the founders love of rugby and their desire to serve the greater good.

Started in September 2009, the foundation provides support to leading cancer researchers while promoting safe and active lifestyles through sport.  They have already partnered with non-profit cancer research centers in LA at the Vanguard Cancer Foundation and Texas through the Any Baby Can program and plan to eventually find a partner in every state the USA.  

Their immediate goal is to provide a fund-raising platform to support the various cancer organizations and find partner rugby organizations (they are off to a great start with the likes of  Pepperdine University, Belmont Shore, Fallbrook, Dallas Harlequins, DARC (see photo below), and the Austin Valkyries, to name a few, already on-board).   In addition, they are working to employ full-time organizers like Dallen and USA Eagle Matt Hawkins to help build awareness and encourage participation throughout the US and eventually, the world.   

Their first major campaign has already kicked off and consists of a pretty impressive raffle in California and Texas.  With the Grand Prize of round trip for two to Samoa including airline tickets and a 7-day / 6-night stay at the luxurious Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa (valued at $10,000).  The First Prize is for two all-inclusive tickets for an 8-day / 7-night Mexican Riviera cruise on Royal Caribbean International, and Second Prize of five Sony Playstation3 Slims.  I don't know about you, but that's some pretty cool prizes!

I strongly encourage you, your clubs and local communities to get involved.  It's a great cause but needs your support to succeed.  If you would like to learn more, head on over to the Tackling Cancer's website, Facebook page, or contact Dallen directly at dallen@tacklingcancer.org .

Dallas Athletic RFC showing their support for Tackling Cancer on their team bus

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