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Dragon Boat Upstate Festival benefits cancer research and rehabilitation at the Cancer Center of Greenville Hospital System (GHS), Winn the Fight and South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

To date, Dragon Boat Upstate Festival has raised over half a million dollars for local cancer research and rehabilitation.


With a focus on translational research and personalized medicine, Institute of Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) of GHS provides some of the most advanced cancer treatments available anywhere in the world while supporting industry’s crucial need to achieve greater efficiency and expediency in bringing life-saving cancer drugs to patients. The effort to advance these goals led to the creation of ITOR – an evolutionary process that began in 2004.

ITOR is a major pillar of translational cancer research at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. The efforts of ITOR include a phase I Clinical Research Unit, a Biorepository Services platform, and proteomics & genomics capabilities.

ITOR advances cancer care on multiple levels, facilitating pioneering research as well as clinical care delivery. ITOR is committed to “Translational” medicine, which is a branch of medical research that forges a direct link between basic research and patient care. In the case of drug therapies, translational medicine refers to the 'translation' of basic research into beneficial drug treatments for patients.

ITOR focuses on discovering and developing drugs that help people who have cancer.

ITOR is physically located on GHS' Greenville Memorial Medical Campus in Greenville, South Carolina USA. The ITOR vision and missions also support the vision of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center: To transform health care for the benefit of the people and communities we serve.

As part of a major hospital system and the developing GHS Regional Cancer Center of Excellence, ITOR brings together comprehensive and complementary cancer care services, technologies, and facilities under one umbrella. ITOR collaborates with innovative, global partners and strives to make available life-enhancing, personalized cancer medicine to patients throughout the country in the most efficient, effective, and expeditious manner.

For more information about ITOR, please visit


Moving On is an Oncology Rehabilitation Program of the Cancer Center of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. This program helps adults with cancer to 'move on' past the challenges of their disease by decreasing fatigue, increasing strength and improving quality of life.

Moving On centers on aerobic conditioning, which has been repeatedly demonstrated as beneficial for cancer patients experiencing profound fatigue and de-conditioning.

For more information, contact the Moving On Program Coordinator at (864) 455-5820.

About Dragon Boat Upstate Festival
The Dragon Boat Upstate Festival, now in its sixth year, raises thousands of dollars and hosts more than 1,500 visitors and team members during the event. Paddlers, volunteers and supporters enjoy a day at the lake while supporting cancer research and other cancer services in the Upstate.


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