Eighth Annual ‘Shoot for Smiles’ UA Pediatric Faculty vs. Resident-Physicians Basketball Game -- Event Raises Funds for ‘Andrea’s Closet’ at Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 6:00pm
TUCSON, Ariz. – The eighth annual University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics Faculty vs. Resident-Physicians Basketball Game, “Shoot for Smiles,” will be held Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m., at McKale Center. This friendly competition between UA faculty and resident-physicians takes place every year to benefit hospitalized children.
 
Toy or gift card donations are requested as entry to this fun, family-friendly event. The toys/gift cards collected will replenish the “Andrea’s Closet” for Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center, as well as the pediatrics ward at Tucson Medical Center.
 
Andrea's Closet is named for Andrea Brunk, a little girl from Phoenix who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 8, in July 2000. After chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the hospital child-life specialists would give Andrea a new toy from a closet they used to store the toys. The toys helped Andrea cope with the treatments and maintain a positive attitude. After 18 months of treatment, Andrea died in January 2002. In her memory, Andrea’s parents established “Andrea’s Closets,” custom-made closets filled with new toys to give to hospitalized children throughout Arizona. Learn more at: www.andreascloset.org.
 
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About Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center: Diamond unites the exceptional pediatric resources of the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center and University Medical Center to provide advanced health care for our children and their families. Diamond Children’s is a bright, healing environment where families are at home and children feel safe while receiving the advanced care they need from the pediatric specialty physicians and researchers of the UA Steele Center, as well as community pediatric physicians.