George Karl returning to Denver present awards during MyLifeLine.org's ceremony on May 2

DENVER - George Karl is coming back to Denver.

The former Nuggets coach will be presenting awards at the MyLifeLine.org "Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz" celebration on May 2nd in downtown Denver.

MyLifeLine is a cancer foundation that provides cancer patients, caregivers and family with a personalized social network.

The website allowed Karl and his life partner Kim Van Deraa to share updates on Karl's recovery from throat cancer.

Karl beat prostate cancer in 2005.

"MyLifeLine is a great website for anyone going through cancer. It was especially therapeutic for my partner Kim, who was able to provide regular updates during my chemotherapy and radiation treatment in 2010.  I received messages of support from all over the world through MyLifeLine," said Karl.

The MyLifeLine website is free for patients and caregivers.  It helps them reduce anxiety and save energy by allowing them to post requests for help and update everyone at once.

The practical and time saving site can provide a powerful connection for those facing cancer.

"Some of the people had been through cancer themselves, while others were simply wishing me the best in my recovery. The kindness of strangers was inspirational and motivational as I fought the toughest opponent of my life," said Karl.

"MyLifeLine.org was a blessing, Van Deraa said.  "It helped our family make a difficult process easier by providing a forum for family, friends and the basketball community to receive updates and offer their support for George and the family"

Cancer survivor Marcia Donziger founded MyLifeLine.org. in 2007.

It was born out of the overwhelming volume of concern for her.  Donziger found it emotionally draining to repeat the same information about her condition, over and over.

She even felt guilty for not staying in better touch with the people who cared about her. So, she started MyLifeLine.org.

"I remember having this long, yellow, legal pad of paper with names of people who called to see how my last treatment was or how I was feeling.  And I really couldn't physically call them back, I was too exhausted," Donziger said.  "My life has changed for the better and I think that's because of my experience dealing with cancer.  I just want to use that experience to help others who are right at the beginning of their trial."

In May of 2008 she was honored as a 7Everyday Hero for her work with the non-profit.

Since its inception, MyLifeLine.org has touched thousands of lives across America and beyond.

"We believe a strong support community is critical for families dealing with cancer. No one should go through the treatment process alone," said Donziger.

You can help MyLifeLine.org continue to provide this service for cancer patients free of charge by attending this year's "Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz" celebration on Kentucky Derby Day.

It is a party to celebrate victories over cancer, where everyone wears Derby attire and enjoys entertainment including a comedy show, live and silent auctions, a festive jazz band, mint juleps, a photo booth, a hat contest, and more.  Coach Karl will be honored at the event as well.

Tickets are still available.  To learn more click here:  www.MyLifeLineDerby.org

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