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Source: Robin Denell, 785-532-6705,
News release prepared by: Marcia Locke, 785-532-6705,

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


MANHATTAN -- To raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, Kansas State University's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research is teaming up with the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association for the third annual "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night, Friday, July 24, at the Kaw Valley Rodeo.

"We want all rodeo fans to come out and pack it with pink that Friday night," said Dr. Gene Klingler, a Manhattan physician who is a member of the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and chair of its pink committee.

The evening will begin with a pink balloon launch to honor cancer survivors. Pink T-shirts, bandanas and other items also will be sold, with all proceeds going to the cancer center.

"The pink rodeo is a touching and exciting event," said Rob Denell, university distinguished professor of biology and director of the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research. "We thank the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and sponsors, as well as everyone who helps fill the arena with pink and otherwise supports cancer research at K-State."

The Kaw Valley Rodeo will be at 8 p.m. July 23-25 in CiCo Park's Wells Arena and is in conjunction with the Riley County Fair. More information on the rodeo is available at

Related pink events in Manhattan include:

* A spaghetti lunch buffet at Gilio's, 3003 Anderson Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

* A steak fry and live auction at R.C. McGraw's, 2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd., at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19. Among the items to be auctioned off is a custom-made pink belt buckle.

Reservations for either meal may be made by calling the cancer center at 785-532-6705.

K-State's Johnson Cancer Center works each day to conquer cancer in our time. All of its programs are supported by private contributions. More information about the center is available at