Sporting Benefit for Breast Cancer Research

Jody Rotblatt (left) and Karen Ury, co-chairs for Court the Cure

A paddle tennis tournament in September recently drew nearly 300 women to raise $20,000 for breast cancer research at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore). The North Shore Women’s Platform Tennis League has been supporting NorthShore since 2004 through this annual event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raising a total of over $130,000 to date.

“Every year our event gets bigger so we had 280 players at 15 different clubs,” said Jody Rotblatt, Co-Chair of the 16th annual Court the Cure fundraiser. Players are charged an entry fee that goes to support NorthShore’s breast cancer research.
"Funds will go towards supporting the department’s breast research fellowship," said Katharine Yao, MD, Director, Breast Surgical Program and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The breast research fellow will be working on a project that examines DNA sequences of second breast tumors in an effort to understand why patients have recurrences, added Dr. Yao, who is grateful for the philanthropic support.

“The fellowship has been a tremendous help to the progress our research program has made and has been extremely enriching not only for the program at NorthShore, but also for the career aspirations of the research fellows as well,” she added.

For more information about Dr. Yao’s breast cancer research or ways to support NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation, please call 224.364.7214.

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