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October 2012 Issue

Rally for Cancer Care Tennis Tournament Raises More Than $30,000

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Co-organizers of the Rally for Cancer Care tournament: Mark Platt of Beginners World Tennis, left, and Robert Barczewski, director of business operations in the Division of Oncology at Washington University.

The eighth annual Rally for Cancer Care tennis tournament and fundraiser hosted about 200 serious and recreational tennis players at the Frontenac Racquet Club on Aug. 25.

The tournament featured both competitive and fun brackets. All proceeds went directly to the Patient Care Fund in the Division of Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. More than $30,000 was raised to support the cause this year.

The Patient Care Fund is used to help Siteman Cancer Center patients who face financial burdens as a result of their disease. The fund provides assistance for such things as insurance coverage and transportation to medical appointments when patients have exhausted all other resources.

The tournament was organized by Robert Barczewski, director of business operations in the Division of Oncology, and Mark Platt of Beginners World Tennis.

“It really takes a village to put this tournament together and raise this money for our patients," says Barczewski. "And we sincerely appreciate everyone in the division and in the community who contributed both their time and money.”

In rally tennis, eight players form a team. Two players from each team “rally” until one of the players misses a point. Each time a player loses a point, he or she is replaced by someone else from the same team. Teams play three games, with each game ending when one team wins 11 points.

Three teams in the competitive bracket this year were formed in honor of Siteman patient Carol Schwent, who has liver cancer. Carol played on “Carol Team 2,” which took first place.