The Catalyst

Tennis championship to benefit pediatric oncology scientist

By Amanda Mahaffey
The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina

The Hugs for Harper Endowment, along with the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund and Kiawah Island Resort Tennis, are hosting the second annual Hugs For Harper Tennis Championship the weekend of Sept. 13-15. 

Hugs for Harper

The championship will be held at the Roy Barth Tennis Center on Kiawah Island. The weekend will include a “Celebration of Courage, Strength and Hope” dinner, silent auction and live auction the evening of Sept. 14.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Hugs for Harper Endowment, a fund created to recruit, retain and support a full-time pediatric oncology scientist at MUSC’s Darby Children’s Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina.

Harper Elizabeth Drolet was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric soft tissue cell cancer, at just 9 years old. She died on Sept. 30, 2011. Four percent of the budget of the National Cancer Institute goes to childhood cancer research. Less than that ($200 million) is used for pediatric sarcoma research. 

To purchase tickets to the dinner and auction, call 843-792-3321. For information about Harper, visit http://www.hugsforharper.org/.

August 29, 2013
 
 
 

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