Cash is only the second professional player to participate in this program.
Photo: Rebounds For Research
“I’m proud to be involved with something as special as Rebounds for Research,” said Cash. “Now, every time I’m crashing the boards, I’m not only helping out my team, but I’m helping the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Our goal is to raise money and public awareness about Neurofibromatosis and children’s tumor research. Hopefully, and with the help of other athletes and all WNBA fans, we will be able to raise enough money to eventually find a cure for this debilitating genetic disorder.”
In addition to the donations, Cash will appear in a public service announcement to support Neurofibromatosis (NF) research and is supplying 10 seats for children at two home games this season to children affected by NF.
In 2004, Cash averaged 6.5 rebounds per game, grabbing a total of 208 for the season, finishing second on the Shock and 11th overall in the WNBA. In her three-year WNBA career, Cash has a total of 623 rebounds.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the driving force in Neurofibromatosis (NF) research. Neurofibromatosis (NF) affects an estimated 100,000 Americans and 1.8 million people worldwide. NF is a genetic disease characterized by pigmented skin lesions and multiple skin neurofibromas, and is sometimes accompanied by physical deformity and a predisposition to brain tumors and various forms of cancer. The neurofibromatoses cause tumors to grow on all types of nerves. NF can also affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bone and skin; in addition nearly 50% of people with NF have learning disabilities. Additionally, 50% of all NF cases arise in families where neither parent has NF. NF equally affects men and women of all races and ethnic groups.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation has launched a web site (www.reboundsforresearch.org) for those interested in learning more about Swin’s involvement with the Foundation or supporting the program through a matching donation program. Participants who join the matching donation program will be eligible to receive various rewards depending on the giving level chosen. For example, participants who donate $1 for every rebound Swin grabs during the season will receive a Swin Cash t-shirt and an autographed 5x7 photo; participants who donate $5 for every rebound this season receive a personally autographed basketball, and will meet Cash at a post game event.
To find out more about the Rebounds for Research program, visit www.reboundsforresearch.org. To learn more about NF and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, go to www.ctf.org or call 1-800-323-7938.
The Detroit Shock will begin their regular season when they host the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, May 21 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. For more information on the Detroit Shock or to purchase tickets to upcoming Shock games, please contact The Palace at (248) 377-0100 or visit www.detroitshock.com.