The Mary Diaz Pancreatic Cancer Fund was established in May 2010 as a 501c3 charitable organization to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer.
The main fundraising event is the Mary Diaz & William Copeland Jr. Memorial Tennis Tournament hosted in July by the Diaz family at Ohio State University.
Although they did not know each other, both Mary and Bill were tennis enthusiasts who were stricken by pancreatic cancer. Dr. Copeland was a highly regarded physician in central Ohio. When he was not delivering babies or attending to patients, he could frequently be found on the courts around Columbus.
Mary Diaz was the director of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children in New York City. She traveled throughout the world, advocating for the rights of refugees. The second of five children in a tennis family, she was always up for a game with her family and friends wherever she might be.
For the 14th year running the tournament promises to be a weekend of great tennis for a great cause. The tournament has raised over $500,000 to fight pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
The Ohio State James Cancer Hospital is Ohio's only fully dedicated cancer hospital and research institute, and one of the nation's premier centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.