Golf tournament directly funds first-of-its-kind research in head and neck cancer

Golfers at last year’s Vora brothers “Heads Up For Head and Neck Cancer” fundraiser trying to act natural. Not hamming it up at all.

Head and neck cancer patients with a history of smoking have the worst prognosis. A new clinical trial conducted only at the University of Colorado Cancer Center will use a novel combination of two drugs with radiation to help increase the odds for this population.

Funding for this unique clinical trial comes in part from the 5th annual “Heads Up For Head and Neck Cancer” golf tournament, sponsored by brothers Kuntal and Rahool Vora in loving memory of their father, Naren A. Vora. The tournament will take place Saturday, June 16 at the Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton, Colo. Shotgun start is at 7:30 a.m. Registration is linked above.

“It costs at least $5,000 dollars to cover a single patient on a clinical trial and so these funds will be very important to support what we believe is one of the most innovative clinical trials for head and neck cancer in the United States,” says David Raben, MD, director of head/neck radiation oncology research at the CU Cancer Center.

It doesn’t hurt that if you hit a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole, you can drive home a 2013 Lexus.

If this fun event doesn’t fit your schedule, consider emailing the Vora brothers at NAVMGT@gmail.com to sponsor the event or donate money and/or raffle items.

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About the author: Garth Sundem

In addition to writing for the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Garth is the author of the books The Geeks' Guide to World Domination, Brain Candy, and Geek Logik. Contact him at garth.sundem [at] ucdenver.edu.

1 comment

  1. liveviewgps says:

    It’s a great initiative and hats off to the tournament organizers and Kuntal & Rahool Vora who have involved themselves in for such a great cause. And as David Raben says it would without doubt be one of the most innovative clinical trials for head and neck cancer in the US.