Thursday, Sep 2, 2004
South San Francisco And San Francisco, Calif. -- September 2, 2004 --Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: DNA), a leading developer of targeted cancer therapies, and the San Francisco Giants, a Major League Baseball team, have designated Sunday, Sept. 5 as Strike Out Cancer Day at SBC Park.
On this day when the Giants face the Arizona Diamondbacks on the field (1:05 p.m. game time), the Giants and Genentech will continue to raise awareness for the season-long Strike Out Cancer Program that is dedicated to educating, empowering and raising awareness about the many resources available to cancer patients and their families.
As part of the program, a website was created -- www.strikeoutcancer.com -- to serve as an information resource for cancer patients and their families. Launched in April 2004, the website has had more than 10,000 visits. In addition, the Strike Out Cancer Program, to date, has raised close to $50,000 to support The Wellness Community, a national nonprofit cancer support organization locally based in Walnut Creek, Calif. This money has been raised through Genentech's donation of $100 for every strikeout thrown by a Giants pitcher during regular -season home games. In recognition of the courage and determination of cancer patients everywhere, Genentech is matching this donation with an additional $50,000 - bringing the grand total donation of the Strike Out Cancer Program to $100,000.
Throughout the game, the Giants and Genentech will honor cancer survivors and provide information to empower others to deal with cancer. Fans will receive a commemorative poster created by Giants Pitcher Brett Tomko to support the Strike Out Cancer Program.
"The reality of cancer is that it is a disease that has in some way touched everyone in this ballpark. Within the Giants organization, we have employees who have first hand experience with cancer in its various forms and many other members of our team, both on and off the field, who have lost family members and friends to cancer," said Laurence Baer, Giants executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We are so proud that Genentech believes in the Giants and the importance of reaching our fans to deliver a message of hope and empowerment in facing cancer."
Giants pitchers Kirk Rueter, Jerome Williams and Jason Schmidt along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner have each lent their support to the Strike Out Cancer Program. Each of these Giants has lost loved ones to cancer and knows how this disease can affect a family.
"The Strike Out Cancer Program aligns perfectly with our vision to fundamentally change the way cancer is treated," said Ian Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Genentech BioOncology. "Patients need new and more effective therapies to extend and improve their lives, and, together with their loved ones, need to know how best to access care and seek out support to deal with their disease and its many aspects. This program represents everything that drives us to discover and develop new medicines for cancer at Genentech. We are inspired by the Giants, The Wellness Community and, most of all, the patients and their families, and we thank them for their involvement and teamwork on this program."
About The Wellness Community
The Wellness Community helps people with cancer and their loved ones enhance their health and well-being by participating in a free professional program of emotional support, education and hope. In The Wellness Community's comfortable, homelike setting, people with cancer and their families find a sense of shared community, a place where people can come together and connect around common issues. All programs at The Wellness Community - including support groups, educational workshops and stress reduction activities - are designed to address the most significant psychological stresses that a person with cancer faces: unwanted aloneness, loss of control, and loss of hope. The Wellness Community of San Francisco East Bay, located in Walnut Creek, is one of more than 20 facilities throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit www.thewellnesscommunity.org or www.twc-bayarea.org.
Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes biotherapeutics for significant unmet medical needs. A considerable number of the currently approved biotechnology products originated from or are based on Genentech science. Genentech manufactures and commercializes multiple biotechnology products directly in the United States and licenses several additional products to other companies. The company has headquarters in South San Francisco, California and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DNA. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.gene.com.
About the Giants
The San Francisco Giants of the National League are one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 121-year history, they moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving into their current home at SBC Park in 2000. Since moving into SBC Park, the Giants have experienced tremendous success on the field, including winning the National League West in 2000 and 2003 and the National League Pennant in 2002. In 2001, Barry Bonds broke the single season record with 73 homeruns. The last seven-year record is the San Francisco Giants best ever. Off the field, the Giants boast one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season. Through its community outreach programs, the Giants work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community. For additional information about the Giants, please visit sfgiants.com.