Contact: Sabrina Cullen
Ringling Bros. National Public Relations
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Give on #GivingTuesday and Receive Ringling Bros.® Circus Tickets
Support Childhood Cancer Research at Primary Children’s Hospital and receive up to four circus tickets good for any 2016 Ringling Bros. Circus show in time for the Holidays
November 30, 2015 –Ellenton, FL – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® has joined #GivingTuesday, on December 1, 2015, to support childhood cancer research at Primary Children’s Hospital. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is working towards a world with more elephants and less cancer and are encouraging people to give to further groundbreaking pediatric cancer research. The research is being conducted by Dr. Joshua Schiffman who is studying elephant DNA from Ringling Bros.’ herd of Asian elephants with his team of scientists who found that elephants almost never get cancer and may hold the key to a treatment for humans.
When people donate on December 1, 2015 for #GivingTuesday to support childhood cancer research at Primary Children’s Hospital they can receive up to four Ringling Bros. circus ticket vouchers good for any Ringling Bros. show. To donate to Dr. Schiffman’s work and support Childhood Cancer Research go to the following web page on December 1, 2015 to participate in this Ringling Bros. #GivingTuesday offer.
• $35 Donation (qualifies for 1 ticket voucher to Ringling Bros.)
• $50 Donation (qualifies for 2 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
• $65 Donation (qualifies for 3 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
• $80 Donation (qualifies for 4 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
Pediatric oncologist Dr. Joshua Schiffman and the team from Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, all in Salt Lake City, Utah, are studying in conjunction with Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation’s lead veterinarian and conservation scientist to find out why there is such a low incidence of cancer in elephants, what makes this cancer resistance possible in elephants and not in humans, and how this may correlate to new treatments for pediatric cancers.
“Cancer affects so many families across this country, and unfortunately it’s becoming more common, especially among children. That’s why Ringling Bros. is dedicated to this funding effort and hopeful that Dr. Schiffman’s research will lead to a new treatment for pediatric cancer and beyond,” said Alana Feld, executive vice president and producer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Could Elephants hold the key for cancer treatments? Read the full research article here in The Journal of American Medical Association. To learn more about the research, visit RinglingElephantCenter.com and view this illustrated video about the research.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com. More information on the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is available at www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.
About Primary Children’s Hospital
Primary Children’s Hospital is the only full-service children’s hospital for Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana providing care for children with the most complex injury and illness, including those who require heart, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. Primary Children’s is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the Intermountain West. It is owned by Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system, and is affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine, which brings together research, training and excellent care to provide the best health care for children. Donations are administered by Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation, a separately incorporated public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The foundation supports the hospital’s goals of providing the highest level of pediatric care in an atmosphere of love and concern.
About the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics is the second largest department in the University of Utah School of Medicine and one of the largest pediatric departments in the country. There are 270 faculty members in the department with a fairly equal distribution of men and women, and we have the greatest number of tenured female faculty in the School of Medicine. The department is comprised of 22 medical divisions and programs operating in conjunction with four key enterprises: Education, Research, Clinical, and Academic. Divisions provide a full spectrum of specialty and subspecialty pediatric services for children throughout the Intermountain West.
About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers. HCI manages the Utah Population Database – the largest genetic database in the world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Using this data, HCI researchers have identified cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (a 26-member alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers) and is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers. The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains one of the nation’s largest collections of cancer-related publications. The institute is named after Jon M. Huntsman, a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer survivor.