James Blake, PA Community Unite for a Cause

Next Monday, the central Pennsylvania tennis and medical communities will unite with one thing in mind: helping people take on cancer.

handshakeFormer world No. 4 James Blake is even joining for a day of tennis, fundraising and community involvement.

Blake will be on court at the Lancaster Country Club for the 3rd Annual Match Point Tennis Mixer on Monday, May 19, from 12-4:30 p.m. The event will feature a clinic and round robin, and is an opportunity for the tennis community to help reduce the burden of suffering for patients living with cancer.

The cost to participate in the event is $100, with proceeds going directly to the Survivorship and Supportive Services Program at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. The United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital has pledged $1.5 million to create and endow this program.

Aside from on-court participation, additional amenities include full access to the clubhouse locker room, a photo with Blake, an autographed tennis ball and a gift bag.

The Survivorship and Supportive Services Program offers beneficial assistance during and after treatment. There are many emotional, spiritual, lifestyle and financial challenges that, if addressed, may contribute to personal and family healing. This program provides assistance with these challenges through a variety of services.

“A cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming hurdle for many,” said Meridee Duplissey, United Auxiliary Manager. “This program assists the patient in navigating their journey. We have received very positive feedback about this program.”

By participating in this event, tennis players have the unique opportunity to allow their love of sport to positively impact the lives of others.

For information about how to participate in the Match Point Tennis Mixer, view the event flyer.

For more information about the Survivorship and Supportive Services program, visit the website.

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