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Blog Entries - 2014

Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 signed by President Obama on December 19, 2014 allows IRA owners who are at least 70½ years old to give up to $100,000 directly from an IRA to a charity without having to include the distribution in taxable income for the 2014 tax year. The provision is retroactive to January 1, 2014, and expires December 31, so decisions must be made quickly.

Donating IRA funds directly to qualified charities allows the IRA holder or beneficiary to avoid taking possession of the funds and the tax bill that comes with them. It also allows the extra income to be excluded from tax formulas for Medicare premiums or for the Pease limitation on itemized deductions.

In brief, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from an IRA can be made only by an IRA owner or beneficiary age 70½ or older, and can total up to $100,000. A spouse age 70½ with an IRA could give up to $100,000 as well. A QCD can be used to meet your required minimum distribution. The funds, which cannot come from active SEP or SIMPLE IRAs, must be sent directly to the qualified (IRS-approved) charitable organization.

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Ceremonial Grant Award Check Presented to UC Researchers

This year Brandon's Foundation awarded its first research grants. During the December 4th Happy Hour at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati, the researchers who submitted one of the two research proposals awarded the foundation's first grant awards were presented with a ceremonial award check. Receiving the ceremonial $15,000 check to investigate "A Comprehensive Study of Common Mutations in Sinonasal Cancer" were Scott Langevin, PhD, MHA and otolaryngologist Keith Casper, MD, from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine/UC Cancer Institute. Dr. Langevin said he and assistants planned to begin DNA extraction from sinonasal cancer tumors before the end of 2014. They will then move on to the task of looking for mutations in the extracted DNA.  

Unable to attend the ceremony was Stephen Y. Lai, MD, PhD, FACS of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, who submitted the research proposal "MiR-27a* Targets Critical Signaling Pathways in HNSCC (head and neck squamous cell carcinoma)." Dr. Lai was awarded a $10,000 grant by Brandon's Foundation. 

Details of the grant-winning research projects and the grant proposal process used by Brandon's Foundation were included in a previous blog post. Hearing from researcher after researcher who submitted a proposal about the lack of funding for head and neck cancer research was the most profound aspects of the the grant award process. Questions and comments are welcome as the Board of Directors moves forward, revises the process and awards more grant funding for head and neck cancers in 2015. 

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Holiday Jewelry Shopping Helps Brandon's Founation

Posted on: December 1, 2014 12:00 am
Tags: Brandon's foundation, Schwartz jewelers, Holiday shopping, Head and neck cancer

Seeking the perfect holiday gift? Thinking of popping the question within the next few months? During December 2014 - Now through New Year's Eve - Schwartz Jewelers will donate 25% of the profits from any purchase made in the name of Brandon's Foundation! It is also possible to order online or by phone - 513-541-5627.

Schwartz Jewelers is located at 6114 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224 in the College Hill neighborhood. Just ask for Dave or Sandy and mention the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation. They will do the rest!

Please help Brandon's Foundation raise funds for research to fight head and neck cancer while you're crossing items off your shopping list! 

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2014 Research Grant Awards - Meet the Researchers

This year Brandon's Foundation awarded its first research grants, and oh, how much we learned. Early in the year, the Research Grant Task Force sent a handful of the Request for Proposals (RFP) document to head and neck cancer specialists/researchers who had made contact with the Foundation. The Foundation's Board of Directors hoped the mailing of the RFP would generate at least 10 or possibly up to 15 research proposal submissions. The plan was to announce the awardee(s) on June 2, 2014 - the second year date of Brandon's death from head and neck cancer – following what all involved thought would be a fairly straightforward blind review process. However, it quickly became more complicated than we’d ever imagined. Somehow news that there was a RFP targeting projects focusing on head and neck cancer was sent to a service that disseminates such information worldwide to interested parties. Suddenly, the Foundation's email box was inundated with requests to forward the Foundation’s RFP.

By the proposal submission deadline date, Brandon's Foundation had received 84 research proposals from researchers working in 17 countries on 5 continents. The number of submissions was overwhelming, but it highlighted the great need for more research funding for head and neck cures and improved treatments. A number of researchers submitted a proposal, which included a personal message of thanks for funding for research for head and neck cancers because these cancers get so little funding attention in spite of the increasing incidence of them in younger age groups.

The original review process was revised somewhat in order to whittle down the number of proposal submissions sent to “blind” reviewers. (Blind review means no identifying information is included on any submission sent to reviewers, which may bias the review. The goal is that each submission be considered on merit alone.) The “whittling” process led to 20 of the 84 submissions being sent to other head and neck cancer researchers and other related, highly specialized professionals for blind review. Each of the 20 submissions was sent to 3 different reviewers.

At the end of the review process, two research proposals were awarded 2014 grant funding by Brandon’s Foundation. Scott Langevin, PhD, MHA and otolaryngologist Keith Casper, MD, from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine/UC Cancer Institute were awarded an initial grant of $15,000 to investigate "A Comprehensive Study of Common Mutations in Sinonasal Cancer." (The Foundation’s grant award led to a matching award from the UC College of Medicine.) A second research grant award of $10,000 went to head and neck surgeon Stephen Y. Lai, MD, PhD, FACS of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, to study "MiR-27a* Targets Critical Signaling Pathways in HNSCC (head and neck squamous cell carcinoma)."

Young Professionals are invited to meet the Foundation's 2014 research grant awardees from UC College of Medicine/UC Cancer Institute, Scott Langevin and Keith Casper, at a Happy Hour hosted by The Phoenix (812 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati), December 4, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please join Brandon’s Foundation next week! Kick off the holiday season, talk to the researchers, learn what Brandon’s Foundation is and what it does, and perhaps win a door prize! 

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Act NOW for Rusty Ball 2014 Tickets

Posted on: October 16, 2014 3:00 pm
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Research, Rusty ball, The national exemplar

If you are planning to purchase tickets naming Brandon's Foundation as beneficiary for the Rusty Ball 2014 to be November 8, please purchase tickets by next Monday, October 20! Brandon's Foundation earns an amount (after costs) per ticket purchased naming his Foundation as beneficiary; however, the number of tickets purchased by early next week will determine the number of auction items his Foundation may submit. For every 10 tickets purchased by the auction submission deadline next week, Brandon's Foundation may submit an additional auction item. Unlike ticket purchase, the foundation receives all of the proceeds associated with the auction items it submits.

Tickets are available through the Rusty Ball ticket page. Simply click on attached link, choose the level of tickets you would like to purchase and hit Buy Tickets. On the next page, scroll to the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation, insert the number of tickets you'd like to purchase, and then scroll to the bottom and click Reserve Selected Tickets. After that, follow page directions! 

And Cincinnati's biggest fundraising party just got bigger since the Rusty Ball has now announced that pop singer Taylor Dayne will be their special guest on stage November 8!

As a "thank you" for purchasing tickets to this years Rusty Ball and naming Brandon's Foundation as beneficiary, The National Exemplar announced that those presenting 2014 Rusty Ball tickets will receive $10 off two dinner entrees purchased in the restaurant, plus it will donate the net proceeds from your dinner(s) to the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation during the entire month of November 2014!

Thank you again for helping Brandon's Foundation end head and neck cancers through research! 

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Thank you to FAB 4 A CURE Participants!

Posted on: September 10, 2014 7:00 am
Tags: Fab 4 a cure, Head and neck cancer, Research, The beatles

Thank you to all who did Come Together on August 27, 2014 at the 20th Century Theater (Cincinnati's Oakley neighborhood) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the August 27, 1964 Beatles concert at Cincinnati Gardens. Everyone had a Fab time while also raising research funds to find cures for head and neck cancers! Festivities began at 3 p.m. when author Ken Womack shared information about the Beatles 1964 USA tour. He spoke again after the Cincinnati premiere of Good Ol' Freda, a documentary about Freda Kelly, the Beatles secretary for 10 years - a job offered to her when she was 17 years old. The film is a fascinating look at Beatlemania during the 1960s. Scott Langevin, PhD, and Keith Casper, MD, from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and awardees of the Foundation’s first research grant, explained their research project and spoke about head and neck cancer.

Cincinnati band Glory Days got the theater rocking and attendees dancing with live music from the Beatles and other 60s’ British invaders. Between Glory Days and The Remains, former WSAI "Good Guy" Dusty Rhodes, who many consider THE Beatles DJ in Cincinnati during the 60s, shared his remembrances of how the WSAI Good Guys’ team brought the Beatles to Cincinnati in 1964. While he was on stage, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, a St. Xavier High School classmate of Brandon's, joined him and issued a proclamation regarding the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles concert at Cincinnati Gardens, which he presented to Dusty Rhodes. Then The Remains took the stage until 11 p.m. and one truly felt back in time and at the Beatles concert.

During all the activity inside the theater, a silent auction was occurring out in the lobby. Thank you to all who donated items and to those who bid and won!

Event headliners Ken Womack, Dusty Rhodes, Mayor John Cranley, Drs. Langevin and Casper, and the amazing members of Glory Days and The Remains deserve a very special Thank You for making the evening such a success. Thanks also the staff of the 20th Century Theater – and to WLWT5 for the TV coverage!

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FAB 4 A CURE - Q & A

Cincinnati’s biggest 50th Anniversary Celebration of the August 27, 1964 Beatles concert at Cincinnati Gardens and all things Beatlemania happens in only two days - Wednesday August 27, 2014 at Oakley’s 20th Century Theater!

Party like it’s 1964 AND help fund research to end head and neck cancer! 

Questions? 

Q: What should I do if I have trouble purchasing tickets at CincyTicket?

A: Call the CincyTicket number at 888-428-7311. If no one answers the phone, leave a voice mail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

 

Q: What if I’m not sure if I can go until the day of FAB 4 A CURE?

A: Tickets may be purchased at the door IF any remain. To check the availability of tickets the day of the event, call 513-325-2550 Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Prior to August 27, call CincyTicket at the number above.)

 

Q: What if I can’t get to FAB 4 A CURE when it begins at 3:00 p.m.? May I go only for the evening, since I have to work next Wednesday, August 27, 2014?

A: Of course! Go whenever you’re able to get there! Your ticket is good for the entire program, but many attendees are coming only for the evening because of work schedules. Even if you can’t get there until the evening, you’ll be there for plenty of live music, behind-the-scenes details about the Beatles 1964 USA summer tour, Tarot readings, and silent auction and raffle action!

See the schedule of events and click links to learn more about author Ken Womack, the Good Ol’ Freda documentary, former WSAI Good Guy Dusty Rhodes, and bands The Remains and Glory Days. Also, check the Foundation’s Facebook page for updates. 

 

Q: Will my friends and I feel isolated if we purchase Balcony seats?

A: No! In many ways, you’ll have some of the best seats in the theater! Also, there is a bar and bar tables with seating, a restroom, and a conversation area on the balcony floor behind the seating.

 

Q: What time is valet parking available? I plan to be there for the afternoon as well as evening. Will valet parking be available the entire day and evening?

A: Yes! Valet parking will be available before 3:00 p.m. and through the entire event. (Ticket purchase covers valet parking, but it does not include a gratuity.)

 

Q: How will the silent auction and raffle run?

A: When you check in at the Registration table, you will receive an envelope with color-coded wrist-band(s) (based on ticket type), a program of events that includes a list of auction and raffle items, AND a number that you should use if you choose to bid on silent auction items, place on raffle tickets or sign up for a Tarot card reading.

 

Q: How much of the price of the event ticket is considered tax deductible?

A: It varies depending on ticket level. However, scroll down at CincyTicket for information about the amount available for the different ticket levels.

 

Other Questions? Contact Us with additional questions!

See you this Wednesday, August 27th!

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FAB 4 A CURE

Come Together August 27, 2014 at the 20th Century Theater (Cincinnati's Oakley neighborhood) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the August 27, 1964 Beatles concert at Cincinnati Gardens. Have a Fab time while also raising research funds to find cures for head and neck cancers! Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with Ken Womack, an author of several books about the Beatles, who will discuss life on the road during the Beatles 1964 USA tour. The Cincinnati premiere of Good Ol' Freda follows. This documentary about Freda Kelly, the Beatles secretary for 10 years - a job offered to her when she was 17 years old - is a fascinating look at Beatlemania during the 1960s. Former WSAI "Good Guy" Dusty Rhodes, who many consider THE Beatles DJ in Cincinnati during the 60s, will emcee the evening activities, which includes lots of live Beatles and British Invasion tunes from two well-known Cincinnati bands! Glory Days starts playing at 6:30 p.m. The Remains take the stage at 8:30 p.m. and play until 11 p.m. (with a short break at 9:30 p.m.). In addition to the "onstage" events, there will also be a silent auction that includes Beatles memorabilia among many other items, raffle items, Tarot card readers, and more… For the FAB 4 A CURE schedule of events, go to the Upcoming Events page.

This is one event you won't want to miss! Purchase tickets online NOW at the CincyTicket site! 

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PLEASE Bleed for Brandon's Cause!

Posted on: July 1, 2014 1:00 am
Tags: Bleed for a cause, Cancer research, Head & neck cancer,

Hoxworth Blood Center's 2014 monthlong Bleed for a Cause has begun. If you donate whole blood, “double red,” or platelets in the name of the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation, his Foundation earns points toward cash awards to be used for head and neck cancer research! (Brandon was a frequent blood donor before cancer treatment interfered.) 

Donate at at any time during July 2014 at any Hoxworth Neighborhood Donor Center or Mobile Community Blood Drive in the greater Cincinnati area. Eligible donors must be 16 years or older. (Sixteen year olds may donate with parental consent.) If you do not meet Hoxworth's eligibility criteria, you can still help Brandon's Foundation be awarded funding. Simply recruit others to Bleed for Brandon's Cause!

No say - no pay! To gain points, you MUST say you are donating for Brandon’s Foundation when you arrive at a Center or community drive for your appointment to donate!

What's in it for donors? 1.) Satisfaction of supporting a cause that may one day save a family member’s or friend’s life 2.) The chance to help the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation compete for funds that will support research to find cures for the cancers that took Brandon’s life and those of too many others 3.) The chance to win one of several gift certificate prizes. To be eligible: after donating, email BCG.HeadNeckCaFdn@gmail with your name, plus the date and location of your blood donation. Your name will then be entered in a raffle. Winners will be notified and listed on the Foundation’s Facebook page in early August, 2014. 

Thank you for your help!

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Schwartz Jewelers Event - June 1-10, 2014

Posted on: June 1, 2014 5:00 pm
Tags: Gromada, Foundation, Schwartz jewelers, Donation, Head and neck cancer, Research

Thinking of Graduation, Father’s Day, Birthdays or stocking up on early Christmas gifts? Purchase items at Schwartz Jewelers from June 1st through 10th and a third of the profit from your purchases will be donated to Brandon’s Foundation!  Schwartz Jewelers is located in the College Hill area and has been serving the greater Cincinnati area for more than 70 years. They carry jewelry of all types, including a large estate jewelry collection, watches, collectibles and giftware. Schwartz Jewelers also designs jewelry. (They created the dragonfly pendant in the photo, which Brandon’s mother received last June from his father to mark one year since Brandon’s death.)

Schwartz Jewelers is located at 6114 Hamilton Avenue, 45224. Phone (513) 541-5627 or email contactus@schwartzjewelers.net.

Their hours are: Monday-Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. • Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

You MUST ask for Dave, Marty or Andrea Schwartz and mention Brandon's Foundation if your purchase is to "count" toward their donation, which will help fund research to find cures for head and neck cancers.

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MCA Day Chigago to benefit Brandon's Foundation!

Posted on: May 1, 2014 12:00 am
Tags: Mca day chicago, Head 7 neck cancer, Cancer research

She's Crafty, Chicago's all-femaie Beastie Boys tribute group, will once again host MCA Day Chicago on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Liar's Club, 1665 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614 to honor and celebrate the life of Adam Yauch AKA MCA of the Beastie Boys. Yauch died May 4, 2012 - just four week before Brandon's death - of a head and neck cancer originating in one of his parotid (salivary) glands. Again this year, She's Crafty is sharing the proceeds of this amazing concert event with the Brandon C. Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Foundation! Join Brandon's brother Joe and enjoy a night of good music while helping raise funds for research to end head and neck cancers.

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Great Food for a Great Cause - April 28th

Posted on: April 17, 2014 11:00 pm
Tags: The national exemplar, Head & neck cancer awareness month

Make your reservation NOW! The National Exemplar, 6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, OH 45227 hosts its 2nd annual Great Food for a Great Cause to support Brandon’s Foundation on Monday, April 28, 2014. Dine in or order carryout – all from their fabulous new menu – from 5 – 9 p.m. All profits from the evening, excluding taxes and tips, will be donated to Brandon’s Foundation!  Here is a chance to enjoy great food while funding research to fight head & neck cancers, so reserve a table today by calling 513-271-2103 or reserve a table online. See you there!

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April 10th Wine-Food Pairing Event to Benefit Brandon's Foundation

Chef Caitlin MacEachen Steininger, and her sister Kelly MacEachen Trush, of Cooking With Caitlin will join Brandon's Foundation as it hosts its second annual Wine Tasting for Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month at Oakley Wines. This year the event will be even bigger and better! Chef Caitlin and Kelly plan to create memorable food pairings to complement each of the several white and red wines. Join us April 10, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Oakley Wines, 4011 Allston Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209. The $30/person will help fund innovative research to treat and cure head and neck cancers. See you April 10th!

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Request for Proposals

Posted on: February 20, 2014 8:00 pm
Tags: Research, Grants, Rfp

The Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce its first annual Research Awards to support investigators in the fight against head and neck cancers. 

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal may obtain the Request for Proposals (RFP) document via the web site's Contact page or by sending an email request to bcg.headneckcafdn@gmail.com. The deadline for RFP submission is 5 p.m., March 28, 2014.
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It's Manuary in Canada, eh!

Posted on: January 14, 2014 4:00 pm
Tags: Head & neck cancer, Research

It's Manuary™ in Canada and many are growing a beard, although a number of whiskerless Canadians are also sporting faux ones. In what has become an annual event, Canadians are growing or sporting a beard during Manuary™ to raise awareness of and donations for "cutting edge" research to fight head and neck cancers. 

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Thank You to Rusty Ball Participants!

Posted on: January 3, 2014 12:00 am
Tags: The rusty ball

THANK YOU to all who participated in any way - before and during - the November 9, 2013 Rusty Ball on behalf of the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation! Due to your efforts, the foundation received a check this week for approximately $6200 from The Rusty Ball! Hope all who attended November 9th had an incredible evening and plan to support Brandon's foundation at the 2014 Rusty Ball.

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