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Jay Dix race organizers present $17,000 donation to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

July 7, 2010                                                                                Contact: Matt Splett
                                                                                                      Media Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    (573) 882-5663

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Behind the success of more than 700 registered runners and walkers, organizers of the Jay Dix Challenge to Cure race raised $17,000 for cancer research and treatment at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Race organizers presented a check to Charles Caldwell, M.D., medical director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and Kristi Gafford, executive director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, at a ceremony on Thursday, July 8, at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Columbia.

The eighth annual Jay Dix Challenge to Cure race was held May 8 in Columbia. The race was established in memory of Jay Dix, M.D., a University of Missouri Health Care pathologist who fought his own battle with cancer. Dix served as the medical examiner for Boone and Callaway counties and was involved in several medical and research organizations. He also enjoyed competing as a triathlete.

The event is organized by the Columbia Multisport Club, a local organization developed to encourage participation in road races, cycling races, triathlons and healthy lifestyles.

Since the race was first held in 2003, more than $125,000 has been raised in support of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, provides comprehensive cancer care to patients from every county in the state. More than 100 physician specialists and other trained professionals work together to improve and save the lives of cancer patients. Designated Missouri’s official state cancer center in 2004, Ellis Fischel services include inpatient and outpatient treatment and cancer screening.

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