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TCA Ambassador Wyatt Oleff Join 5K Walk for TCA

ACTORS WYATT OLEFF AND JACOB HOPKINS JOIN 5K WALK
FOR TEEN CANCER AMERICA IN LOS ANGELES, MARCH 17

Special Registration Package Available to Walk with Stars at Dodger Stadium Fundraiser

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2018) – On Sat., March 17, actors Wyatt Oleff and Jacob Hopkins, together with friends and supporters, will participate in a 5K walk at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to benefit Teen Cancer America (TCA). The event will raise awareness and funds supporting the TCA mission to provide specialized treatment, programs and facilities nationwide for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Oleff, 14 years old and one of Hollywood’s rising talents, recently joined TCA as its newest celebrity ambassador. He is best known for his featured roles in the blockbuster films Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, and IT, the 2017 film adaptation of the best-selling Stephen King novel. Hopkins, who recently turned 16, is known for his work in the TV series The Goldbergs, The Amazing World of Gumball and True Blood, among others.

Special registration offers for the 5K, providing the opportunity to walk together with Oleff, Hopkins and friends quickly sold out. For those not participating in the 5K, donations can always be made at the TCA website.

“I’m so excited to be helping to raise awareness and contributions for Teen Cancer America on March 17,” said Oleff. “Even if you can’t join us for the 5K, you can still make a donation at TeenCancerAmerica.org and help make a difference for teenagers who need our support.” TCA was co-founded in 2012 by rock’n’roll icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the non-profit charity is dedicated to the clinical and psycho-social needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients who too often find themselves being treated among small children or the elderly. AYA cancer programs and specially designed facilities are proven to improve outcomes and survivorship for this unique group of patients, representing an area of critical need for the more than 70,000 teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. “We can’t thank Wyatt, Jacob and all of our volunteers, supporters and contributors enough for participating in the 5K at Dodger Stadium and helping raise awareness and funds for TCA,” said Simon Davies, TCA Executive Director. “In just five years we have begun to see what is possible, and we are more committed than ever to providing the best possible solutions for young people fighting cancer.”

TCA currently has projects underway or in development with world-class cancer centers across the U.S., including Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA, Stanford, Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York), Dana-Farber (Harvard), Yale, University of Chicago, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Moffitt (Tampa), Vanderbilt and Baylor. Partnerships with more than 50 hospitals are in various stages of planning, including Duke Cancer Institute and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

About Teen Cancer America
Teen Cancer America helps hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by supporting hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age-targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information about TCA, contact Michelle Aland: michelle@teencanceramerica.org or visit www.teencanceramerica.org.