Varsity Team Rally: GOpher a Cure!

The annual Varsity Team Rally event was created in 2011 to raise money for critical early cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Since its inception, more than $800,000 has been raised--well on the way to the ultimate goal of $1 million for cancer research by 2020.

Varsity Team Rally Community Fundraiser

Help us GOpher a Cure! at Varsity Team Rally 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019; 6-9 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium, DQ Room; University of Minnesota

Tickets for the casual, all-inclusive evening are $1,100/person ($1,000 tax deductible)

Pre-Game Meet and Greet Reception with U of MN Cancer Researchers
All-Star Educational Panel discussing the latest in Cancer Research
Game-winning Guest Speakers
Victorious Buffet Dinner catered by Kafe 421
Post-game Gift Bags
Free Parking

Can't attend but want to donate?


Varsity Team Rally Funded Projects

2011 - Genomic Signatures of Colorectal Cancer (Year 1) - David Largaespada, PhD; Robert Cormier, PhD; Tim Starr, PhD; Patricia Scott, PhD; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD

2012 - Genomic Signatures of Colorectal Cancer (Year 2) - David Largaespada, PhD; Robert Cormier, PhD; Tim Starr, PhD; Patricia Scott, PhD; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD

2013 - Genomic Signatures of Colorectal Cancer (Year 3) - David Largaespada, PhD; Robert Cormier, PhD; Tim Starr, PhD; Patricia Scott, PhD; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD

2014 - Altered Estrogen Receptor/Progesterone Receptor/PELP1 Complexes in Breast Cancer (Year 1) - Carol Lange, PhD; Michael Farrar, PhD; Julie Ostrander, PhD; Kaylee Schwertfeger, PhD; Douglas Yee, MD

2015 - Altered Estrogen Receptor/Progesterone Receptor/PELP1 Complexes in Breast Cancer (Year 2) - Carol Lange, PhD; Michael Farrar, PhD; Julie Ostrander, PhD; Kaylee Schwertfeger, PhD; Douglas Yee, MD

2016 - Development of a SPORE in Lung Cancer Program - Jill Siegfried, PhD; Robert Kratzke, MD; Abbie Begnaud, MD; Manish Patel, DO; Martin Felices, PhD; Jeffrey Miller, MD; Daniel Vallera, PhD

2017 - Molecular Dissection of PELP1 Protein Interactions in Breast Cancer - Julie Ostrander, PhD; Hideki Aihara, PhD

2017 - Tumor Microenvironment study Using Adrenergic Receptor Antagonists to Inhibit Sarcoma Growth and Enhance T Cell Responses - Erin Dickerson, PhD; Stephen Jameson, PhD

2018 - Brain Tumor SPORE Planning Grant - David Largaespada, PhD; Clark Chen, MD, PhD; Christopher Moertel, MD; Elizabeth Neil, MD; David Odde, PhD; Michael Olin, PhD



Presenting Sponsor


Media Sponsor


In-Kind Sponsors
Metro Sales Inc.


Outreach Sponsors 

Barbara Foster and Larry Hendrickson

Community Sponsors 

Janet and Doug Fiola
Dr. Douglas Yee and Janet Smith Yee

Team Sponsors

MHealth Cancer Care

Kate Bryant and Jon Lindfors
Jim and Mary Frey
Lisa Huey


Varsity team rally photo

Varsity team rally photo

Varsity team rally photo

Discover How Cancer Research is Making Hope Happen

Suit-up in your Gopher game-day apparel and prepare for an inspiring and educational evening with stories from cancer survivors, world-renowned researchers, and healthcare community leaders.

Emceed by Stephanie Hansen, My Talk 107.1 Radio Host and Cancer Survivor, this year's event will highlight the Advancements in Precision-Medicine Research using biomarkers to individualize cancer prevention and personalize treatment. Through immunotherapy, chemoprevention and clinical trials, researchers at the Masonic Cancer Center are bringing promising cancer treatments to all Minnesotans--close to home.

Joining the All-Star panel will be The Honorable Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis, and Lindsey Whalen, Minnesota Lynx Champion and Gopher Women's Basketball Head Coach.

Consider becoming one of our event sponsors! Watch the video and contact Betty Ford,, to learn more.

Questions? Email


 Parking Map - VTR

VTR Legacy Committee Members

Ruth Bachman
Idelle Bjelland
Marilyn Bryant
Barbara Forster
Rosemary Gruber
Rebeca Hanrahan
Karen Kaler
Anne Kersey
Rebecca Kill
Nancy Lindahl
Betsy Lucas
Lois Maturi

Host Committee

Suzanne Anderson
Carla Bender
Kate Bryant
Judy Erdahl
Seanne Falconer, Masonic Cancer Center Staff
Betty Ford
Mary Frey
Stephanie Hansen
Kathy Heins
Ellen Hertz
Max Huber, Masonic Cancer Center Staff
Lisa Huey
Amy Litman
Karen Norberg
Mary Wippermann
Janet Smith Yee
Dr. Douglas Yee, Masonic Cancer Center Staff