LONDON, Great Britain - On Thursday night an international group of US, UK and EU business professionals who love the game of tennis and who raise money for cancer research came together at the Kensington Roof Gardens to continue their mission at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party.
Developed by Rob Kinas, a nine-year blood cancer survivor, the “Cancer Research Racquet” were special guests at the Party through WTA Charities alongside the Elena Baltacha Foundation and The Anna Wilkinson Mockingbird Trust.
“In 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer – Mantle Cell Lymphoma,” Kinas said. “Prior to 2005, no effective treatment existed for this blood cancer. The conventional treatment extended a person's life by 12-18 months.
“I am a nine-year survivor for one reason and one reason only – a person cared to fund research.”
Now, Kenas is celebrating every day of remission by raising money to advance cancer research and by making memories with family and friends in the US, UK and throughout the EU.
The Cancer Research Racquet funds cancer research projects by hosting a variety of tennis and champagne-themed charity events in the US, UK and EU at stops along the WTA and ATP tours – and they brought the celebration to the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party.
So far they’ve funded five research grants, each grant worth USD $150,000 of support to the American Cancer Society.
WTA Charities is the WTA's global philanthropic organization dedicated to making a positive impact across the globe. Our mission is to be a social responsibility vehicle built on the WTA's values to empower and provide for a better future. We're dedicated to combining, strengthening and enhancing the community and charitable efforts of the WTA through its members (players, alumnae and tournaments), along with our partners.