Ron and Maryanne Peterson created the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic in 1986 when their 12 year-old daughter Julianne was diagnosed with Leukemia. Their mission was to raise money to provide the medical professionals at Children’s a means and a way to research, while still being able to perform the crucial efforts of treating children with cancer. Thirty-one years later, the PTATC now hosts more than 110 of the area’s top men and women tennis players and has raised over $4.9 million for children’s cancer research.

Supported Programs
Each year, more than 10,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. When cancer or a blood disorder affects a child or teen in Minnesota, most often they are cared for at Children’s — the Upper Midwest’s largest pediatric hematology/oncology program.

At Children’s, we deliver treatment outcomes that consistently rank us as one of the top ten programs in the U.S. Our vision is to continually improve our care through the use of cutting edge technologies, aggressive enrollment of patients in clinical trials, and a concentrated focus on managing symptoms and pain.

The PTATC raises money to fund research that is saving lives all over the world. Doctors and researchers prepare materials for scientific meeting presentations and publish many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. The following programs also receive ongoing support from PTATC:

Meet the staff

Yoav Messinger, MD
Medical Research Representative
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Kris Ann Schultz, MD
Medical Research Representative
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Laura Gilchrist, Ph. D.
Medical Research Representative
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Ann Blake
Research Assistant
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Anne Harris
Research Coordinator
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Gretchen Williams
Research Coordinator
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