Support Childhood Cancer Research at Primary Children’s Hospital and
receive up to four circus tickets good for any 2016 Ringling Bros.
Circus show in time for the Holidays
ELLENTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® has joined
#GivingTuesday, on December 1, 2015, to support childhood cancer
research at Primary Children’s Hospital. #GivingTuesday is held annually
on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick-off the holiday giving season
and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities
and giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is working towards a
world with more elephants and less cancer and are encouraging people to
give to further groundbreaking pediatric cancer research. The research
is being conducted by Dr. Joshua Schiffman who is studying elephant DNA
from Ringling Bros.’ herd of Asian elephants with his team of
scientists who found that elephants almost never get cancer and may hold
the key to a treatment for humans.
When people donate on December 1, 2015 for #GivingTuesday to support
childhood cancer research at Primary Children’s Hospital they can
receive up to four Ringling Bros. circus ticket vouchers good for
any Ringling Bros. show. To donate to Dr. Schiffman’s work and
support Childhood Cancer Research go to the following web
page on December 1, 2015 to participate in this Ringling Bros.
- $35 Donation (qualifies for 1 ticket voucher to Ringling Bros.)
- $50 Donation (qualifies for 2 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
- $65 Donation (qualifies for 3 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
- $80 Donation (qualifies for 4 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
Pediatric oncologist Dr. Joshua Schiffman and the team from
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, and
the Huntsman Cancer Institute, all in Salt Lake City, Utah, are studying
in conjunction with Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation’s lead
veterinarian and conservation scientist to find out why there is such a
low incidence of cancer in elephants, what makes this cancer resistance
possible in elephants and not in humans, and how this may correlate to
new treatments for pediatric cancers.
“Cancer affects so many families across this country, and unfortunately
it’s becoming more common, especially among children. That’s why Ringling
Bros. is dedicated to this funding effort and hopeful that Dr.
Schiffman’s research will lead to a new treatment for pediatric cancer
and beyond,” said Alana Feld, executive vice president and producer for Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Could Elephants hold the key for cancer treatments? Read the full
research article here in The
Journal of American Medical Association. To learn more about the
research, visit RinglingElephantCenter.com
and view this illustrated
video about the research.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to
give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort
harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits,
businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to
transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the
giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative
action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter
ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better
world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a
global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting
live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit
and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at
its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in
more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy
Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield
YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids
Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld
Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.
More information on the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation
is available at www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.
About Primary Children’s Hospital
Primary Children’s Hospital is the only full-service children’s hospital
for Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana providing care for
children with the most complex injury and illness, including those who
require heart, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. Primary
Children’s is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the
Intermountain West. It is owned by Intermountain Healthcare, a
not-for-profit healthcare system, and is affiliated with the University
of Utah School of Medicine, which brings together research, training and
excellent care to provide the best health care for children. Donations
are administered by Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation, a separately
incorporated public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The foundation
supports the hospital’s goals of providing the highest level of
pediatric care in an atmosphere of love and concern.
About the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics is the second largest department in the
University of Utah School of Medicine and one of the largest pediatric
departments in the country. There are 270 faculty members in the
department with a fairly equal distribution of men and women, and we
have the greatest number of tenured female faculty in the School of
Medicine. The department is comprised of 22 medical divisions and
programs operating in conjunction with four key enterprises: Education,
Research, Clinical, and Academic. Divisions provide a full spectrum of
specialty and subspecialty pediatric services for children throughout
the Intermountain West.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is one of the world’s top academic
research and cancer treatment centers. HCI manages the Utah
Population Database – the largest genetic database in the
world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health
records, and vital statistics. Using this data, HCI researchers have
identified cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for
melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. HCI is a member of
Comprehensive Cancer Network (a 26-member alliance of the
world’s leading cancer centers) and is a National
Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. HCI
treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk
clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers.
The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains
one of the nation’s largest collections of cancer-related publications.
The institute is named after Jon
M. Huntsman, a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer
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