Events

(W)IN IT TOGETHER: A MARCH MADNESS FUNDRAISER!!

 

Looking for something to

do on Friday, March 22nd?

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Itching to watch some College Basketball and perhaps win a prize or two?

Well come to the Market Brewery, 1947 W. 25th Street, Ohio City.

The fun begins at 6:00 pm.

Tickets: $35 Advance and $40 at the Door

Includes food and drink!

$500 in Prizes!!!

Please RSVP to holly@cardiganevents.com with the number of people attending. Check (made out to “In It Together“) can be sent to:

In It  Together 

P.O. Box 771303

Lakewood, Ohio 44107

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In It Together’s Mission is to raise awareness and provide resources for families affected by Pediatric and Adolescent Young Adult Cancers.

Visit our website at: http://www.neo4u.org to learn how you can participate in In It Together’s online March Madness Bracketology!

See you on the 22nd!

The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund is in Partnership with In It Together. THE WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IS THROUGH COLLABORATION AND BY SHARING OF RESOURCES AND INFORMATION! We are IN IT TOGETHER!!!

 

fight! conquer! cure!!!

St Ed’s High School Students Raise $4500 for Childhood Cancer Research

HOW SWEET it is to hear that a group of high school students got together to help raise awareness and funds for Childhood Cancer Research!!! These young men, sophomores, from ST. EDWARD’S HIGH SCHOOL in Cleveland, Ohio banded together, tossed there vanity out the window and shaved their heads for ST. BALDRICK’S an organization dedicated to funding CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH!

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This month keep your eye out for more “HEAD SHAVING EVENTS” in your community. Head Shaving events are a wonderful (and fun) way to call attention to the issues related to PAYA (pediatric adolescent and young adult) CANCER RESEARCH!! For more information about St. Baldrick’s visit www.stbaldricks.org .

REMEMBER,

WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL THERE IS A CURE!

 FIGHT!!! CONQUER!!! CURE!!!

Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fundraiser

breast cancerWhy am I writing about Breast Cancer?

Doesn’t this website focus on pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancers?

Yes, it does.

In case you didn’t already know, Breast Cancer in Young Adult Women can be very lethal. According to National Cancer Institute “women ages 15 to 34 and 35 to 54 die more frequently from breast cancer than any other disease” ( http://obf.cancer.gov/financial/attachments/06Factbk.pdf).

Just the other day a friend told me about a 20 year old young woman recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her family is shocked and feeling helpless. As many of us know, being diagnosed with cancer is a very frightening and life altering experience. Fortunately, there are many organizations that can provide support and information about breast cancer. Here are two groups I would like to highlight: The Young Survival Coalition (www.youngsurvival.org) and Team Shan (www.teamshan.ca).  Both organizations are lead by dedicated women seeking to reach out and help breast cancer survivors. I recommend you check out these organizations.

We know how important research is to finding better ways to treat and cure cancer. What about prevention. I recently learned about fundraising efforts by the Cleveland Clinic to support the development of research for a Breast Cancer Vaccine http://giving.ccf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=vaccine.

What can I say…it certainly makes sense to support efforts for breast cancer research given the number of young adult women diagnosed each year with this horrible disease..

So I would like to plug a very nice upcoming event right here in Cleveland, Ohio.

For $35 you can support the breast cancer research, eat lunch with your friends, and have fun checking out the latest fashions courtesy of MACY’S.

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Vaccine Research

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013 AT 1:00 PM

ST. DEMETRIOS CULTURAL CENTER

22909 CENTER RIDGE ROAD

ROCKY RIVER, OHIO 44116

$35 WILL  GET YOU A DELICIOUS LUNCHEON  (chicken, rice, vegies, rolls, salad and dessert) AND FASHION SHOW by MACY’S

ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED – PLEASE CALL 440-835-3809 OR 440-835-1913

FOR more information about the Breast Cancer Vaccine Research please visit: http://giving.ccf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=vaccine

WOW!!! WHAT A NIGHT!!! FUNDRAISER WAS A SUCCESS!!!

memoryboardHello family and friends,
On Saturday, January 26, 2013 the Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund hosted its Fourth Annual fundraiser “Take a BITE out of AYA Cancer” at the St. Demetrios Cultural Center in Rocky River, Ohio. Four hundred (I like writing that number out) supporters attended the successful event. Our supporters helped us raise over $28,000 for AYA Cancer Research and Education. This was our best effort ever!!!
In attendance were family, friends, pediatric oncology researchers and AYA Cancer medical team members. We were awestruck by the number of people who helped us Take a BITE out of AYA Cancer.
What a night! Our fundraising team and volunteers, under the fantastic coordinating efforts of Tina Poulos, prepared and attended to the Silent Auction, Chinese raffle, 50/50 raffle, Side Boards, and Lots of Liquor raffle which helped create a constant buzz of anticipation and excitement throughout the evening.
Following the Opening Prayer by Fr. James Doukas, we were entertained by Take Five Jazz Band who serenaded us with their classic jazz sound during dinner. After dinner we had a brief presentation hosted by MC Nick Giallourakis who introduced the AYA Cancer Researchers from Dr. Alex Huang’s Lab of UH/Case Medical Center, including this year’s Steven G AYA Cancer Scholarship recipient Dr. David Askew.
After the presentation of AYA Cancer Researchers, a video was shown to the entire group. Thanks to the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation for sharing an important video titled “A Day in the Life of Young Adults with GVHD (graft vs. host disease)”. The video provided the perfect testimony for the importance of supporting AYA Cancer Research. (This video can be found in our blog or at the Cowden Foundation website.)
After the brief, but impactful program, the musical sound volume was kicked up a notch or two through the awesome efforts of DJ Nick Mavroides who played both Greek and American dance tunes. Needless to say, we danced the night away!!! OPA!
What a night indeed! We must thank all our Sponsors for helping fund the event, our Silent Auction and Chinese Raffle, 50/50 Raffle, Side Boards, and Lots of Liquor Donors for contributing all the wonderful prizes that helped create such an exciting evening. (Please visit our website for the Fundraiser 2013 power point presentation that identifies all our Sponsors and In Kind contributors.)
In addition, we must thank our entire fundraising team under the direction of Tina Poulos. The Fundraising Team included: Jean Hillman, Mary and Jim Diamond, Elaine Campbell, Shawna Hofstetter, Toula Pyros, Myrta Holden, Lee Santarelli, Helene and Anthony Santerelli, Elpida Kosmidis, Betty and John Poulos, CJ Mosure, Donna Vassos, Goldie Doukas, and Nick Giallourakis. These key individuals took time out of their daily lives to ensure the event would run smoothly and be successful.
Other very important individuals were Irene Steffas, Becky Giallourakis, Debbie Cooper, Diane and Nick Kariotakis, Polly Furey, Betty Rozakis, Gabby Kariotakis, Maria and Steve Alex, Catherine Morrison, Maggie Steffas, Ellie Chrisman, Claude Campbell, Tracy Michael, Michael Diamond, Josh Walsh, Phillip Cooper, Nick Rozakis, Nick Petrakis, and Tammy Asimakis.
Also, thanks to all the folks who prepared the delicious home made desserts!!! I felt like we were having a Dessert Bake Off!!!
Lastly to our entire family and friends who continue to support us each and every year. Without your support and love we could not continue our mission.
Please remember that our fundraiser is about remembering our loved ones who have lost the battle to cancer and to honor those who continue to wage the war on this horrible disease.
We will FIGHT!
We will CONQUER!
We will not rest until there is a CURE!!!
FIGHT! CONQUER! CURE!!!
God Bless each of you.
Sincerely,
Angie and Harry Giallourakis

 

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“Take a Bite Out of AYA Cancer” Presentation

Images from the 2013 Fundraiser

AYA Cancer Fundraiser Less than 2 Weeks Away!!

Just a reminder..

 The

Take A BITE Out of AYA Cancer Fundraiser is only 11 days away!

There will be many opportunities to win high quality prizes.

Thanks to our very generous donors we have:

 Front Row Seats for the CAVS

Vacation Getaways!

Loge Seating for Cleveland Indian Games

Jewelry

Bushel of Cheer

Hand Made Corn Hole Game

Spa Deals

Night on the Town baskets including the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Playhouse, Top Notch Restaurants, Rides with Lolly the Trolley, and More!!!

So, don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!!!

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See you on Saturday, January 26th!!

HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Dear Friends,

As 2012 comes to a close it is not uncommon to reflect on what the New Year will bring us.  We create a list of goals to accomplish and try to prioritize them. If you were to ask me what was at the top my list there would be one word:

 HOPE!

HOPE for our children (young and old).

HOPE for our RESEARCHERS as they spend endless hours in the laboratory trying to find ways to isolate and stop cancer in its tracks!

HOPE for our ONCOLOGISTS as they treat our children with latest methods available.

HOPE for our NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS and PSYCHOLOGISTS as they endlessly care for our children.

HOPE for the helpless PARENTS who ache for their CHILDREN.

HOPE IS MY PRIORITY. 

WITHOUT HOPE WE HAVE NOTHING!

Please join us in creating HOPE as we continue to support our researchers, doctors, and staff in 2013!

We will fight cancer!

We will conquer cancer!

We will cure cancer!

FIGHT! CONQUER! CURE!!!

See you on Saturday, January 26th, 2013 for our Annual Fundraiser as we

TAKE A BITE OUT OF AYA CANCER!!

Thank you,

Angie

Thoughts from the Cowden Foundation GVHD Symposium

 

Last Friday I attended the Cowden Foundation GVHD Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio.  Oncology Researchers, Physicians, Nurses, Bone Marrow Transplant Survivors and Caregivers/Families participated in this highly informative event. Both professionals and lay people sat together and learned about the most current research in the field of Graft Vs. Host Disease (GVHD), a sometimes life threatening, often debilitating condition, that occurs following a life saving Bone Marrow Transplant.

The day was one filled with mixed emotions.

I was:

Gratified to learn of new research on the horizon;

Irritated by the lack of funding available for such a rare condition;

Grief stricken by the parents who lost their child to life threatening effects of GVHD;

Emotionally charged seeing young and old survivors trying to create meaning to their “new me”,

and

Supportive of  Christy, a young woman bravely preparing for her own Bone Marrow Transplant.

DON’T GIVE UP!

Thank you Cowden Family for their vision to promote GVHD Research!!!

Christy with her Glittered Stripe!!!

September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

There is a movement happening in our country.

A movement to increase public awareness about Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer.

Part of that movement is currently involved in the establishment of a centralized event calendar to inform the public about upcoming Childhood Cancer Awareness Programs.

 Please take a moment and visit this link:

 http://curechildhoodcancer.ning.com/page/pac2-september-2012-national-childhood-cancer-awareness-event-cal?xg_source=msg_mes_network

And learn what programs are taking place in your community!

WE WON’T REST UNTIL THERE IS A CURE!

FIGHT! CONQUER! CURE!!!