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September 4, 2009

Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser to Support SIU Cancer Institute

The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SCCI) is hosting its ninth “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser in Springfield, presented by the Simmons Law Firm, on Friday, October 2.  The funds raised will support SCCI’s Side-by-Side cancer wellness program, Patient Navigator program and cancer research efforts.

Side-by-Side expands the boundaries of conventional cancer care by bringing together traditional cancer fighting tools with complementary therapies, including nutritional support, mind-body medicine, meditation, music therapy, oncology rehabilitation and spiritual support.  The Patient Navigator program helps patients “navigate” the complex health care system and connects them to the resources they may need.

Event guests are encouraged to dress in their finest denim or formal attire for the event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 and available by calling 217-545-2955 weekdays.

The presenting sponsor is the Simmons Law Firm.  Other sponsors include Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, Denney Jewelers, Bank of Springfield, Joan and Charlie Robbins, Walgreens, Associated Pathologists, Ltd., Body Perfect, Dr. Sherry Simmons, Brandt Consolidated, Inc., Central Illinois Community Blood Center, Clinical Radiologists, S.C., Health Alliance Medical Plans, Maria Leka, owner of M.K. Furs, Medical Business Advisors, Inc., Drs. K. Thomas Robbins and Gayle E. Woodson, and Jack and Rita Victor/Curtis and Karun Tillett.

The event will feature live music by DK Money of Springfield and an elegant sit-down dinner.  There will be a live and silent auction, including gourmet dinners, vacation
getaways, one-of-kind jewelry, sporting event tickets and original artwork.  A complete listing is available on the event’s auction Web site at  - go to the Denim and Diamonds link.

The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU is focusing the medical school’s efforts in cancer research, physician and public education, and treatment for patients from across central and southern Illinois.  Its Web site is