Annual Waiting on a Cure Event Coming November 15

(October 30, 2007) - The fight against cancer will take center stage at the 6th Annual Waiting on a Cure luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 15, at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, located at 15 East Liberty Street. The theme for this year's luncheon is "Give My Regards to Broadway." The Waiting on a Cure luncheon is a unique fundraiser that benefits the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI)* at Memorial University Medical Center. Table hosts purchase a table for 10 for $500. They invite nine of their friends to enjoy lunch with them. The table hosts dress in costumes based on the theme and wait on their guests throughout the meal. The guests then tip their host at the end of the meal, and all proceeds benefit the ACI. Last year, Waiting on a Cure raised more than $100,000. Since its inception five years ago, the event has raised more than $500,000 for the ACI. The funds have been used to support the ACI's disease management teams and to hire nurses and research assistants. Proceeds from this year's event will help purchase new equipment, enhance patient programs, and expand cancer research in Savannah. "This is a fun event for an excellent cause. Every dollar raised helps to advance cancer care right here in Savannah. And, the money that people tip their host is 100 percent tax-deductible," said Toby Hollenberg, event co-chair. Waiting on a Cure will also feature a live auction. To purchase a table for the Waiting for the Cure luncheon, or for additional information about the event, please call Anne Higbee at (912) 598-9102. To arrange media coverage, contact Michael Notrica at (912) 350-6858. The ACI is a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility that includes the region's only pediatric and gynecologic oncology programs, the region's only practicing board-certified surgical oncologist, and the only practice in the area devoted solely to women's breast health. To learn more, visit Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center is the only hospital in the country to be named both a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates and one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine. *The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center is not affiliated with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.