Doctors Take A Plunge For Cancer Research

Ready for a good soaking, oncologists from the DCI Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers and colleagues from around Duke Cancer Institute participated in taking a chilly plunge on May 16, 2019, to raise funds and awareness for breakthrough prostate urologic cancer research.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for our first annual Dunk A Doc extravaganza,” shared surgical oncologist Michael Ferrandino, MD. “It was a fun-filled event with our patients, colleagues and families. There were a lot of good pitchers out there today, even some of the baseball players from Riverside High School, so I watched a lot of doctors take a dive. Overall, our goal was to raise awareness and funds to support the research being done in the DCI Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers.”

The event, which was sponsored by Dendreon and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, raised nearly $8,000 for cancer research. The day featured a dunk tank filled with approximately seven feet of water, over which a cancer clinician or researcher sat on a collapsing chair. Donors, including patients, faculty and staff, threw balls in an attempt to strike a target which caused the seat to collapse and thus dunking the doc.

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Many thanks to Dogwood Creative and Shawn Rocco, Duke Health News, for the video production and photo for this story.