Rocker Alice Cooper helps Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation raise funds

Rock 'n' roller Alice Cooper visits Oklahoma City to help Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation raise funds and to play in a charity golf tournament at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond.
By Kyle Fredrickson kfredrickson@opubco.com Published: June 25, 2012
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One rock legend calls golf the common denominator that this week is bridging his heavy metal world with Oklahoma's science community.

The sport, a concert, and a chance to cure brain cancer, are what brought Alice Cooper to Oklahoma City this week.

His presence helped raise $675,500 for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation on Sunday night, with a concert and wine festival at foundation headquarters.

A charity golf tournament Monday at Edmond's Oak Tree Country Club will complete fundraising efforts for “241” — two events for one great cause.

The mission behind the “241” initiative is to raise money for clinical trials of a drug that could potentially shrink brain tumors caused by an aggressive cancer, Glioblastoma.

According to a foundation news release, the compound used in the drug has resulted in significant shrinkage in brain tumors of laboratory animals. However, to begin clinical trials on humans, more than $1 million must be raised.

Cooper, an avid golfer and the man behind hits such as “School's Out” and “Eighteen,” met Stephen Prescott, foundation president, while playing golf years ago.

So when Prescott asked Cooper to be the surprise guest at a fundraiser concert and golf tournament, Cooper jumped at the opportunity.

It was in between concert tour dates for Cooper, and he said he never misses out on an opportunity to play golf, especially for a worthy cause.

Cooper sat down with a reporter from The Oklahoman on Sunday before his surprise concert to talk about, golf, Oklahoma and cancer treatment.

He was drinking a Diet Coke and wearing a silver chain and light leather jacket but not his signature makeup for which he is known for wearing when he performs.



BACKGROUND

About the foundation

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization based in Oklahoma City dedicated to researching treatments for brain, heart and immune diseases. OMRF's headquarters is at 825 NE 13.

To learn more

For information about donating to cancer research through the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, go to omrf.org/how-you-can-help or call 271-7400.

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