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Jaguars Fans Donate Thousands to Breast Cancer Research

9:54 AM, May 28, 2009   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The final tally is in for the pink hats the Jaguars were selling for breast cancer awareness.

The effort began during Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October.  The hats feature the Jaguars logo and the pink ribbon symbolizing breast cancer awareness.

Jaguars fans bought more than 1,300 hats, which raised over $15,000.  The Weaver Family Foundation matched that amount, so the total amount donated to research is $30,384.64.

"Wayne and I are proud to partner with the Mayo Clinic, the Jaguars, our fans and the community in support of breast cancer research.  Much has been accomplished but until the cause and cure are found, we must continue to support our local scientists at the laboratory bench and clinicians at the bedside of their patients," says Delores Barr Weaver.  "I dream of a world without cancer, and one day it will be so."

Last Friday, the Weavers presented the check to the Mayo Clinic, where it will be used in what's called "translational research."  The plan is to build a bridge between the lab and the patients.

"I would like to thank the Jaguars and the Weaver Family Foundation for their continued support on behalf of our entire Breast Center team here at Mayo Clinic," says Dr. Edith Perez, director of Mayo's Multidisciplinary Breast Center.  "I'm very proud of our strong group of basic and clinical researchers and their efforts to translate laboratory findings into clinical trials that explore new ways to optimize breast cancer prevention and treatment.  This gift will help us further those research efforts."

The hats are still available at Jagwear stores or on the Jaguars' website.

Jaguars Chairman Wayne Weaver is thrilled with the fans' participation.  "Thank you, Jaguars fans, for helping us in the battle against cancer.  The Jaguars will continue to sell the pink hats while the supply lasts, and the Weaver Family Foundation will continue its match dollar to dollar," he says.  "We are proud to support the research of Dr. Perez and her team at Mayo Clinic."

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