World Renowned Oncology Surgeon Recruited to Ohio State
​Dr. Raphael Pollock, MD,  PhD, to lead Ohio State's Division of Surgical Oncology

Columbus,Ohio - Raphael E. Pollock, MD, PhD, known and respected worldwide as a gifted cancer surgeon and researcher and passionate educator of physicians-in-training, will become a professor and the director of the division of surgical oncology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center College of Medicine's department of surgery. Pollock will also serve as the chief of surgical services of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCC-James). Pollock's appointment is effective September 1, pending Ohio State's Board of Trustees approval. He comes to Ohio State after 31 years at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he held several leadership roles, the most recent being head of the division of surgery.

Polo in the Pines: Bringing Support for The James from 500 Miles Away
In 1989, Sharon Knight, a wife and mother, heard the words, “You have cancer,” for the first time. Her diagnosis of sarcoma and prognosis of just three months to live was a tremendous shock to her family. But Sharon has surprised all of her doctors and those around her as, 25 years later, she continues celebrating her life.

Raising Awareness and Funds for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: Atlanta's Premiere Polo Event - Polo in the Pines
With two months to go, the excitement for Atlanta’s premiere polo event is building, thanks to the energetic and passionate leadership of founder Tina Fowler and her dedicated team of sponsors and supporters. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Polo in the Pines has raised nearly $250,000 with a mission to fund specific cancer research, promote awareness and family support and will again benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.


Polo in the Pines Raises 45,000 for Sarcoma Cancer Research & Family Support

Polo in the Pines: Honoring Team Summer
Team Summer is excited to invite you to an amazing event, honoring Summer Dale, founder of Team Summer, on October 5, 2013 right here in Atlanta! It’s called Polo in the Pines and is an annual fundraiser for sarcoma research. This year, the organization has chosen to honor the amazing life of Summer.


Polo in the Pines: Fundraiser Event Benefiting Cancer Research
On October 11, 2014 Polo in the Pines guests stomped the divots, dined on Ocean Catering Company’s tasty selections, and danced the night away- all while supporting CURE’s mission to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime. This great event specifically supports sarcoma cancer research, sarcoma awareness and family support for those affected by this rare form of cancer. ​Dr. Raphael Pollock, MD,  PhD, to lead Ohio State's Division of Surgical Oncology, where he held several leadership roles, the most recent being head of the division of surgery.


Tina Fowler was throwing out an edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late last year when a section “literally got stuck in my hand.” The section: Arts & Living from Dec. 16.​

Polo in the Pines + Sean O'Keefe Events
October was a busy month for Sean OKeefe Events. The 1st annual Polo in the Pines presented by Fowler Connection, King & Spalding, and Peachtree Tents and Events on October 6 was a tremendous success with over $100,000 being donated to key research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Care Center for Leiomyosarcoma cancer.

"Where Giving is a Legacy!"

It’s said the bond between sisters is unbreakable. That holds true for the Sullivan sisters who are three years apart, have strikingly different yet beautiful personalities and, most importantly, share a deep love for one another. In the last several months, however, Saville, 20, and Lilia, 17, have embarked upon an unexpected and challenging journey–but they face it together.

In its Fifth Year, Atlanta's Polo Community Continues to Partner with Tina Fowler and Polo in the Pines to Raise Funds for Cancer Research.
Polo in the Pines Inspires the Community to Fundraise for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
When sisters Saville and Lilia Sullivan were each diagnosed with different types of brain cancer within three weeks of one another, founders of the Atlanta-based Polo in the Pines organization felt called to help. Polo in the Pines exists to fund specific cancer research and provide family support through an annual charity partner and beneficiary. Saville, 20, and Lilia,17, have spent the last year courageously facing surgeries and treatments side-by-side at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Emotionally and dutifully called, Polo in the Pines selected the Sullivan sisters to be their 2017 honorees with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the beneficiary to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research.

Sometimes a single conversation can change your life’s purpose. That was certainly the case for Polo in the Pines founder Tina Fowler. In 2012, Tina was at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center with her mother, Sharon Knight, for treatment of leiomyosarcoma—a cancer Sharon had been battling for 20+ years. That’s 20 years of motherhood, birthdays, holidays and life laced with treatments, surgeries, fears and questions. While the journey was often challenging, Sharon always found the bright side, proclaiming, “Life is about choices, and I choose to turn this negative into a positive.” It was that day that doctors stressed the importance of research as they searched for a cure. Inspired by her mother’s positivity, Tina made the choice to find joy while working to fund cancer research that could impact countless families facing the same battle. With her heart of gold, Tina forged ahead and launched what would ultimately become Polo in the Pines, an exciting polo-filled weekend that would fund leiomyosarcoma research in honor of her mother.

2018 Celebrity Chef Lara Lyn Carter named Polo in the Pines Ambassador

“It is a blessing to watch the unwavering commitment of Polo in the Pines and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as they pursue their mission of finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer. Tina and her Polo in the Pines team work tirelessly raising money to donate to this research. And, I have witnessed first-hand the impact that the research has had on the lives of children. This mission has taken its place in my heart and is now a passion that I will pursue with Polo in the Pines and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I am honored to be the Brand Ambassador of Polo in the Pines.”  Lara Lyn Carter

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