The Petretti & Associates Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, May 16, 2022. This year, we are partnering with Swim Across America and Team JF to support pediatric cancer research. Team JF is one of Swim Across America’s largest teams and is in honor of Julian Fraser, a Greenwich, Connecticut, resident, All-American swimmer, and collegiate water polo player, who sadly passed away in 2017 at age 20 after a ten-month battle from osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer.
Unfortunately, Julian’s story is not uncommon. Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. This is a sobering reality. But the good news is that every year millions of Americans are beating cancer through advancements in treatments. Swim Across America raises crucial funds for doctors and researchers who are pioneering new cures and treatments for cancer. More than 100 Olympic swimmers support Swim Across America and we are proud to have Petretti & Associates join this cause.
Funds raised will be granted to Columbia University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dr. Robyn Gartrell. Dr. Gartrell’s research is focused on the tumor immune microenvironment and the potential for use of immunotherapy in high-grade and low-grade pediatric glioma. “My goal is to bring some of the life-saving treatments that we've found in adults using the immune system to treat cancer to children and to hopefully start providing more cures and even less toxicity to kids than our current therapies can offer,” says Dr. Gartrell.