Cures Within Reach's 2016 Longest Day of Golf

Brings players and supporters together to raise funds for life changing repurposing research
2016 Longest Day of Golf Scoreboard
2016 Longest Day of Golf Scoreboard
SKOKIE, Ill. - June 29, 2016 - PRLog -- Twenty eight golfers played a total of 1,127 holes of golf from dawn until dusk on June 27 at the Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook, IL to support Cures Within Reach's Longest Day of Golf (

Now in its sixth year, the Longest Day of Golf brings players together to create amazing impact, changing lives for patients by supporting clinical trials repurposing approved drugs and devices for new disease indications. Past clinical trials have helped patients with prostate cancer, pediatric brain cancer, autism, Alzheimer's disease and pediatric auto-immune diseases.

More than $30,000 is expected to be raised for repurposing research from this year's event.  Some participants teed off at sunrise and finished the day having played 117 holes each.

"Thanks to everyone who came out to play golf from dawn until dusk to raise funds for Cures Within Reach and the specific project selected this year," said Dr. Bruce Bloom, President and Chief Science Officer at Cures Within Reach. "Through their support and the generosity of our donors we continue to facilitate repurposing research that drives more treatments to more patients more quickly."

Money raised from this year's event will go to a project that addresses treatment for chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLI) being led by University of Illinois' Dr. George Havelka. The CLI project, "Saving Limbs: Helping Nature Do Its Magic," was the winning project at CureAcceleratorâ„¢ Live!, a new philanthropic event that was held in March where researchers from Chicago's top medical research institutes presented their innovative repurposing research plans to an audience of 128 participants who selected one winner to receive funding. The CLI project received proceeds from CureAcceleratorâ„¢ Live! that totaled $26,701 and will also benefit from the Longest Day of Golf proceeds to completely fund the project's $50,000 budget.

"The financial support from CureAcceleratorâ„¢ Live! and the Longest Day of Golf will support Dr. Havelka's clinical study of CLI patients to better understand the effects of his combination drug and device repurposed treatment," said Dr. Bloom. "Results from the study can then be used to support a larger clinical trial and off-label use if physicians find the data supportive.  Right now there are no effective therapies for many of the more than 500,000 patients.  This trial could show that a simple and inexpensive therapy can be curative!"

Generous support for the 2016 Longest Day of Golf was provided by many individual donors as well as the First Bank of Highland Park and Integrated DNA Technologies. Opportunities to make a general donation to the event are available through July 15 and can be made here:


Cures Within Reach ( works to to catalyze repurposing research to quickly and affordably improve patient lives. We accomplish this through collaborations that connect researchers and funding, by facilitating crowd sourcing and community, and by identifying alternative financing models and incentives.

Cures Within Reach's repurposing research projects have generated 13 "new" treatments making an impact through off-label use in clinical practice or through a commercialization track.


Cures Within Reach built CureAccelerator ( to provide a global collaboration space and market for repurposing research that can deliver effective solutions to unsolved diseases. The CureAccelerator platform was built with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to explore whether drugs, devices and nutriceuticals approved for one or more human diseases can be repurposed to create "new" treatments in other diseases.  CureAccelerator has almost 1000 users who have proposed over 100 projects, of which more than a dozen are already funded and moving towards patient impact.

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Kristin Deuber
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