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Nathan 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.

Adrienne 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.

With 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.

Hoops 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.

With 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.

The 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.

All donations should be made to:

The Nathan S. Arenson Fund/UPCI,
c/o FMI,
5959 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Suite 125
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

All contributions are tax deductible.

We wish to thank you in advance for your support and generosity.


The Arenson Family