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June 2, 2011

SIU Med School to Hold Golf Scramble for Camp COCO

Four-person teams are being formed for the annual charity golf scramble in June benefiting the Camp COCO Children’s Cancer Fund at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. There will be a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Piper Glen Golf Club, 7112 Piper Glen Dr., Springfield.  The presenting sponsor of the scramble is H.D. Smith.

The entry fee of $150 per player includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch by Café Moxo, dinner by Roberts Seafood Market, on-course beverages and prizes.  The dinner features a silent auction.  Sponsorships at various levels of support, including golf carts dedicated in honor or memory of a family member or friend, also are available.  Registrations postmarked by mail or received electronically by June 10 will be entered into a special prize drawing.

The COCO Children’s Cancer Fund supports Camp COCO and other projects for young patients.  Now in its 26th year, Camp COCO is a summer camp sponsored by SIU medical school where kids with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings can spend a week enjoying typical camping activities.

The campers receive special attention from SIU’s pediatric staff and health professionals as well as various community volunteers.  This year’s camp will be held July 10 - 15 at Timber Pointe Outdoor Conference Center on Lake Bloomington.  The first Camp COCO was held in 1986 for 40 pediatric patients and their siblings.

Camp COCO, a program of SIU Department of Pediatrics, is totally supported by donations so that families do not have to pay to send a child to the medically supervised camp. One hundred thirty-five downstate Illinois children are expected to attend Camp COCO this summer at a cost of $700 per child.

Send checks for the scramble or sponsorships, payable to either Camp COCO or SIU Foundation, to the SIU Foundation, P.O. Box 19666, Springfield, IL 62794-9666.  Or call the office at 217-545-2955 weekdays for information.  Registrations are due Monday, June 20, and can be faxed to 217-545-1913.  Registration can be completed online at