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March 13, 2007

Aiming For a Cure Event Helps Families Affected By Childhood Cancer

In its fourth year, Aiming for a Cure hopes to top previous gifts to help the fight against pediatric cancer at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

Steve Ries, father of cancer patient Ben Ries of Central City, Iowa, organized Aiming for a Cure to support the hospital's bone marrow transplant program through an activity he and his son enjoyed -- hunting with dogs.

The hunting and sporting clays event will occur March 17-18 at the Highland Hideaway Hunt Club near Riverside, Iowa. A number of celebrities will be on hand for the sold-out bird hunting and sporting clay event.

"We are thrilled to be able to create ways to help foster more research into a cure for cancer as well as support daily programs for children and families," Ries said. Ben Ries, 12, died June 1, 2006, at his family's home in Central City.

Before he died, Ben listed items that he thought would benefit kids at Children's Hospital of Iowa. His wish list was turned into reality through an Aiming for a Cure shopping spree. Patients now are enjoying his various ideas for distraction and entertainment.

"His memory lives on through this event, and every day at the hospital someone may have a better day because of Ben's planning," said Lisa Baum, director of Children's Miracle Network.

Hunters and non-hunters will join for a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on Aiming for a Cure's Web site at

Proceeds will support research, patient care and families of children receiving treatment for cancer.

For more information, contact Lisa Baum with Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484.

Children's Hospital of Iowa 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," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks Children's Hospital of Iowa 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,