Fertility Preservation Network Sponsors Twin Cities Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Team Bosom Buddies

August 6, 2012 - ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian/testicular tissue), recently sponsored a biking team to raise funds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and Open Arms of Minnesota.

 

ReproTech, Ltd. was proud to sponsor a team in the Hartford and RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer 2-day Bike Ride on August 4-5. ReproTech's St. Paul, MN office Site Director, Jill Olson, participated for the fifth consecutive year with her team Bosom Buddies. Jill biked 100 miles in 2 days in last weekend's ride, with her team raising nearly $2000.00. Overall funds raised for the event totaled over 200K. Participants also included U.S. Paralympic Games medalist, Oscar (Oz) Sanchez, who will be racing in the 2012 London Paralympics in August-September.

Earlier in 2012, ReproTech sponsored employee teams in the Reno, NV, Twin Cities, MN, Savannah, GA and South Florida areas in races and events benefitting the Susan G. Komen and Lance Armstrong foundations, as well as a prostate cancer fundraiser, Dash for Dads, in Sparks, NV. ReproTech regularly sponsors or contributes funds to cancer fundraising events in the areas where its employees and three regional facilities reside, Ft. Lauderdale/Coconut Creek, Florida; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; and Reno, Nevada. Upcoming cancer fundraising events to be sponsored by ReproTech, Ltd. include Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) events and other local events benefitting cancer survivors and research.

For the 140,000 American men and women under age 45 who are newly diagnosed with cancer each year, chemotherapy and other treatments can affect their reproductive system and fertility. There is often a small window of time for these men and women to preserve their fertility; therefore, access to cryopreservation services is extremely important. Both the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommend the education of oncology patients about the options available to preserve their fertility.

ReproTech, Ltd has organized the Fertility Preservation Network to educate oncology professionals and caretakers, as well as provide the much needed cryopreservation services for men and women. The network now includes members in 33 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of fertileHOPE and LiveSTRONG has advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.

About ReproTech, Ltd.

ReproTech, Ltd was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, and opening in August in Dallas, Texas.

About the Hartford and RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride

The Hartford and RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride is an annual two-day bicycling event supports the work of two breast cancer services organizations; Open Arms of Minnesota and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Minnesota Affiliate. Riders bike between 100 and 150 miles over the two-day event, and each rider is required to raise a minimum of $750 in pledges, except students and minors, who are required to raise $375. The funds raised by its participants will go to research in the fight against breast cancer in addition to paying for meals for those currently going through a breast cancer diagnosis in Minnesota. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Minnesota Affiliate is part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Open Arms of Minnesota is the only service provider in the Twin Cities that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people living with breast cancer as well as HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), and multiple sclerosis.

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