S. Arenson was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. In
December of 1993 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given
3 months to live. 2 ½ years later, on May 31, 1995, Nathan
passed away at the age of 67.
Arenson, wife of Nathan, decided to start a fund in honor of her
husband and to raise awareness about this devastating disease.
With the help of Adrienne’s grandsons and their friends,
then in their teens, they came up with the idea for Hoops for
a Cure, a charity basketball event to raise money for the newly
created Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
permission from the local school district, the charity game was
to be played at Chartiers Valley High School, the alumni high
school of Nathan and Adrienne’s children and grandsons.
The 1st Annual Hoops for a Cure game was played in April 1996
and raised $35,000.
for a Cure helps fund the clinical trials of Dr. Olivera Finn
at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Her work has
been groundbreaking in developing cancer immunotherapeutic drugs
for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
the support from the Arenson Fund and the national Cancer Institute,
Dr. Finn has over the last 20 years shown that both in preclinical
animal models and in small clinical trials, her vaccine was safe
and, in a small number of patients, effective in slowing down
or eliminating the disease. These breakthroughs would not have
been possible without the help of the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for
Pancreatic Cancer Research and the annual Hoops for a Cure event.
Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research continues
to grow and the Hoops for a Cure charity basketball event is more
popular than ever. In its 20th year, Hoops for a Cure has raised
in excess of $1,400,000.
donations should be made to:
Nathan S. Arenson Fund/UPCI,
5959 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Suite 125
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
contributions are tax deductible.
We wish to thank you in advance for your support and generosity.