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April 20, 2006

Aiming For A Cure Organizers To Donate Funds

Organizers of the 2007 Hunter's Specialties Aiming for a Cure event donated the proceeds of their fundraising effort during a special check presentation ceremony yesterday in the new pediatric cancer inpatient unit on the third level of the John Colloton Pavilion within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The two-day hunt in March raised $125,000. This is the fourth year for the event that benefits Children's Miracle Network. Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief at UI Children's Hospital, accepted the funds from Aiming for a Cure founders Steve and Jodie Ries. Their son, Ben, lost his battle with cancer in June 2005.

The mission of the Aiming for a Cure Foundation is to raise funds to benefit pediatric oncology patients and their families served by UI Children's Hospital. Their goal is to improve the quality of care and quality of lives of children and their families through the funding of research and patient care. Aiming for a Cure is a nonprofit organization.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Children's Miracle Network's hallmark is that locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout Iowa. A 165-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,