Basketball Tournament to Benefit Strong's Bone Marrow Unit

July 20, 1999

When Geneva resident Randy Hagadorn was diagnosed with leukemia in 1997, his only chance for survival was a successful bone marrow transplant. Fortunately for Hagadorn, his sister was HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) compatible and in 1998, he underwent a bone marrow transplant at Strong Memorial Hospital. Now in remission, but dealing with some post-transplant complications, Hagadorn has incorporated exercise into his treatment regimen. Now, his lifetime friend and exercise "mentor" have created a way to allow Hagadorn and others to not only show their appreciation to Strong's Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit for helping to save his life, but also to ensure that other patients like him get the second chance they deserve.

On Saturday, July 24, Hagadorn's friend Steve Sciarabba, owner of Champion Fitness Center of Geneva, will sponsor a three-on-three basketball tournament. The tournament, which begins at 9 am, will be held on eight new full-size courts outside the fitness center at 787 Pre-Emption Road in Geneva. The cost of the event is $40 per four-person team. In addition to an action-packed day of basketball, the fitness center will provide food, drinks, and music, along with trophy and cash prizes. All proceeds from the event will be returned to Strong's Bone Marrow Unit.

Strong Memorial Hospital's Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation Program has performed over 900 transplants since its inception in 1989, and currently performs approximately 90 transplants per year utilizing multiple sources of stem cells. The center treats patients with many types of diseases and performs transplants with stem cells from bone marrow and from the bloodstream. Patients' own cells, siblings' cells, and unrelated donors' cells are all utilized. In 1998, the center also began performing umbilical cord blood transplants, a relatively new procedure available at only certain designated centers across the country. The program provides services to both adults and children throughout the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York and surrounding communities.

For more information on registration, please call Champion Fitness at (315) 789-9483.

(Advance interviews with Randy Hagadorn and Steve Sciarabba are encouraged. Coverage the day of the event is welcome. Interviews with members of Hagadorn's health care team are available, but must be conducted during the week. To make arrangements for coverage on Saturday, please call the Strong Hospital page office at (716) 275-2222 and ask for the public relations officer on call.)

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