Hy-Vee Partners with Former NFL Pro-Bowler Dallas Clark to Support the Lymphoma Research Foundation

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Spirit Lake, Iowa Set to Host Wine and Spirits Fundraiser to Support Blood Cancer Research

“As a native-Iowan, I am truly touched to see the support that the Iowa lymphoma community continues to show for the Lymphoma Research Foundation and our critically important mission to eradicate this disease,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF CEO.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – today announced a joint partnership between Hy-Vee, one of the nation’s largest retail grocers, and Train Wreck Winery, during a special fundraiser in Spirit Lake, Iowa on July 22, 2016.

Super Bowl Champion and Iowa-native Dallas Clark, will present a selection of wines from his Train Wreck Winery at the Hy-Vee in Spirit Lake, Iowa from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lymphoma Research Foundation through a generous contribution made possible by Hy-Vee and Train Wreck.

“As an employee-owned business, I know that Hy-Vee has always taken great pride in its ability to stand with our community in support of members of the Hy-Vee family,” said Andrea Smook, lymphoma survivor and daughter of Tim Smook, Wine & Spirits Manager for Hy-Vee. “It’s no secret that Hawkeyes look out for one another, and to show that support for my fellow members of the lymphoma community is truly touching.”

Nearly 7,000 Iowans are currently living with, or are in remission from, some form of lymphoma, including Smook’s daughter, Andrea. With over 80,000 Americans newly diagnosed each year, lymphoma represents the most common form of blood cancer.

“We at the University of Iowa have been extraordinarily proud of the work that we’ve been able to do in conjunction with the Lymphoma Research Foundation,” said LRF Scientific Advisory Board member Brian K. Link, MD. “I’d like to thank my fellow Iowans for participating in this special day in support of the innovative research that the LRF makes possible thereby offering better care for Andrea and all patients with lymphoma.”

“As a native-Iowan, I am truly touched to see the support that the Iowa lymphoma community continues to show for the Lymphoma Research Foundation and our critically important mission to eradicate this disease,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to partner with Hy-Vee and Train Wreck Winery as we continue to support our Hawkeye neighbors by helping to bring about a future without lymphoma.”

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $58 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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