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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Cancer Program To Benefit From ‘The Game For A Cure’

Proceeds from Day-Long Clarkston High School Lacrosse Event to Go to Cancer Research

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Cancer Research Program will be the beneficiary of proceeds from Clarkston High School’s sixth annual, day-long lacrosse “The Game for a Cure.”  The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at various spots on the school grounds, 6093 Flemings Lake Rd., Clarkston.

Twenty-four teams composed of 500 lacrosse players in grades three-12 will participate.  Games will be held on the hour.  The family-friendly event will include a radar gun competition, food, bake sale and ice cream.

Special t-shirts featuring The Game for a Cure logo will be sold at practices in advance of the event and at SJMO during the week of May 9. The shirts are $10 each for sizes small through large and $11 for extra large, and will be available on the day of the event.  Those who wear the t-shirt to the May 14 games will be admitted free of charge.

The Clarkston High School Wolves Boys and Girls Lacrosse Program chose to donate proceeds from The Game for the Cure to St. Joe’s cancer research program for a couple of reasons, said coach Brian Kaminskas.  “We wanted to make sure we had someone in the local community to donate to and to teach the kids to reach outside of themselves.”  He added that the St. Joe’s cancer program also was picked in memory of his father, Frank Kaminskas, a former Clarkston High School coach who died from prostate cancer. 

“All the fund-raising efforts and all the dollars raised are handled by the student athletes,” he added.

Admission to the Game for the Cure is $5 per person, and the public is invited.  Individuals who cannot attend but wish to make a donation to the SJMO Cancer Research Program should make checks payable to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Oncology Research and mail them to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Dept. H-32, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, MI 48341.

To purchase t-shirts or for more information, call event Co-Chair Cathy Schlaff, 248-620-2321.

Funds raised from the Game for a Cure will be used to support patients’ needs as they participate in clinical research trials at the hospital.  For example, many trials require dental and/or physical exams that may not be covered by the patient’s health insurance.  Patients also may need assistance with other supportive services, such as transportation to get to the hospital for clinical trial research.  Contributions to the program will remove the barriers to clinical trial participation and help improve the quality of life for current participants and future cancer patients.

Cancer Care at SJMO offers a continuum of advanced cancer treatment, for acute inpatient care to outpatient services, cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical options, access to clinical trials and award-winning palliative care.  About 1,000 patients each year choose SJMO for their comprehensive cancer treatment.  SJMO’s program accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer demonstrates that the hospital meets the highest quality care standards.

SJMO participates in National Cancer Institute-sponsored trials through its affiliation with the Michigan Cancer Research Consortium (MCRC) (  The MCRC, led by SJMO’s sister hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, is one of only 50 Community Clinical Oncology Programs across the nation.  SJMO’s affiliation with the MCRC means that its patients have access to nearly 150 clinical trials here in the local community.  The advantage is that patients need not travel long distances for the latest in cancer treatment.  The percentage of SJMO patients who participate in clinical trials exceeds the national average.  Three research nurses staff the SJMO Cancer Research program.  They serve as liaisons between patients, physicians and clinical trials, and track data.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit 

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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