Courting the Cure for Cancer Research

Players from last year's Court the Cure

Reagan Knaus had been playing paddle tennis for the past 10 years and supporting Court the Cure, an event to raise funds for breast cancer research at NorthShore, even before she was diagnosed in 2015. “My mom and grandmother had breast cancer,” said Knaus. “So many people we know are affected, so I always wanted to support the cause.”

Knaus had a double mastectomy in 2015 and is back playing in this year's fundraising event, which was held at Chicago area clubs on September 28, 2017. Court the Cure is the season opening event for members of Chicago’s North Shore Women’s Platform Tennis League. (Details are below.) “I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, so my prognosis is good,” added Knaus. “But this experience has taught me never to take anything for granted. It teaches you a good lesson.”

The funds from the event will support research projects under Katharine A. Yao, MD, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology (specializing in breast cancer) and Vice Chair of Research and Development at NorthShore. Her team is researching the development of a 3-D modeling tool for early detection of lymphedema and the continued research in MRI imaging biomarkers for breast cancer. “The goal is to see if this MRI can determine a patient’s prognosis,” said Dr. Yao. “These new screenings and diagnostic tools will help to enhance treatment decisions for women fighting this disease.”

To learn more about how you can organize a Community Partner Event to benefit a cause important to you, please call Kate Beckering at 224.364.7227 or email her at For more information about how you can make a difference for NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center patients, contact Lisa Rietmann at 224.364.7230 or email her at

 Contact Debbie Learner at to learn more about participating in Court the Cure next year.

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