BERMUDA and WASHINGTON, DC (March 15, 2017) – Just over two months away from the start of the 35th America’s Cup, the most celebrated and prestigious sailing competition in the world, taking place from 26th May to 27th June in Bermuda, the America’s Cup has announced that the Conquer Cancer Foundation is the “Official Cancer Charity” partner of the event.
Established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) works to create a world free from the fear of cancer by funding breakthrough research, connecting physicians and patients to the latest information, and developing programs to improve the quality of and access to cancer care for patients around the world.
CCF has provided more than 1,700 grants and awards to doctors, researchers, and patient advocates in more than 68 countries to invest in research and treatment for every type of cancer, everywhere. “The Campaign to Conquer Cancer” is the Foundation’s current comprehensive fundraising effort to raise $150 million in support of CCF’s mission to conquer cancer worldwide by funding breakthrough research and sharing cutting edge knowledge.
“Our ultimate goal of conquering cancer is bold,” said Thomas G. Roberts, MD, chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, “but we truly believe it is attainable through meaningful collaboration with partners like the America’s Cup, whose support we greatly appreciate. We fund cancer research around the world, so we look to the power of communities, including sailing’s international fanbase and the more than 40,000 members of ASCO, to make a difference in the lives of everyone affected by cancer.”
“The America’s Cup competition is one of the most challenging sailing competitions in the world,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “However, the challenges of the race course in Bermuda are nothing like those of a cancer diagnosis. We are extremely proud to partner with Conquer Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and directly contribute to their vision of creating a world free from the fear of cancer.”
As part of Conquer Cancer Foundation’s official designation, the organization will be soliciting donations, both directly and as a part of select CCF VIP Experiences. A unique online auction, open to America’s Cup attendees and the general public, will also benefit CCF. For more information on select CCF VIP Experiences or to make a donation, please visit CONQUER.ORG/americascup
ABOUT THE 35th AMERICA’S CUP:
The America’s Cup is the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport and dates back to 1851. Over that time, teams representing just four nations (the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland) have won the trophy in over 160-years of competition.
It is one of the greatest challenges in all of sport. The defending champion is ORACLE TEAM USA, who first won the America’s Cup in 2010, and successfully defended the title in 2013. Now six teams, including ORACLE TEAM USA, have signed up to take on the challenge again.
ABOUT THE CONQUER CANCER FOUNDATION:
The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) was created by the world's foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment and cures of all types of cancer. Toward the vision of a world free from the fear of cancer, CCF works to conquer this disease by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide, and by improving the quality of care and access to care, enhancing for the lives of all who are touched by cancer. CCF supports ASCO's award-winning Cancer.Net, a comprehensive, accurate, oncologist-approved site with information on more than 120 cancer types for people living with cancer and those who care for them. For more information, visit CONQUER.org
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For further information:
Dan Lobring, rEvolution
T: +1 312 529 5833
Tom Webb, America’s Cup Event Authority
T: +1 441 705 0534