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Blog Entries - 2016

Tickets now on sale for February 25's Mardi Gras MASKerade 2017!

Posted on: December 5, 2016 3:00 pm
Tags: Mardi gras, Maskerade, Head and neck cancer, Research, Head for a cure

The online box office is now open for tickets to Brandon's Foundation's second annual Mardi Gras MASKerade! This rollicking fundraising event takes place February 25, 2017 - the Saturday before Ash Wednesday - from 7:30 p.m. to Midnight at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley (3021 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209) Free valet parking will again be available. This year’s event will be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event! A Dixieland jazz combo will welcome participants to the party while DJ Mowgli will spin party dance tunes that will have everyone on their feet! Additional tarot card readers will predict guests’ futures and the photo booth again be available to snap zany group keepsake photos! Guests may participate in the costume contest to compete for the MASKerade King and Queen, although any attire is welcome.  Other highlights include a silent auction with several vacation/get-a-way packages among a variety of other fabulous items, fun and exciting prize-filled raffle baskets, split the pot, wine & craft beer raffle where everyone is a winner, and more! A signature Mardi Gras beverage can be enjoyed in the Foundation’s souvenir Hurricane Glass.

Purchase tickets TODAY for $75 per ticket. 

Mardi Gras MASKerade sponsors will receive special treatment at the event! For information about sponsorship opportunities, Contact Us at Brandon's Foundation.

Don't miss out! Join us February 25th when we "laissez les bond temps rouler" and Head For A Cure to end head and neck cancer through research! 

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#GivingTuesday 2016

Posted on: November 16, 2016 10:00 pm
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Research, Giving tuesday

On November 29th, #GivingTuesday 2016, help end head and neck cancer by giving to the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation. Your contribution will fund the 2017 research grants that will “ultimately find a cure for this unforgiving disease" (Weg Onkeko, MD, PhD - UCSD). Please DONATE and Head for a Cure with us Tuesday, November 29th. 

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Bleed for Brandon's Cause and 2016 Grant Awards

Posted on: July 11, 2016 11:00 pm
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Research, Hoxworth blood centers, Bleed for a cause

Bleed for a Cause

Once again it’s time to Bleed for Brandon’s (Gromada) Cause! Hoxworth Blood Center's Bleed for a Cause takes place between July 18 to August 13 at any Hoxworth Blood Center neighborhood donor centers or any blood drive, such as onsite work, or organizational drives or mobile blood drives.

Brandon Gromada’s Foundation receives points toward a monetary award, but donors must verbally provide a good portion of the foundation’s name when arriving to donate. (No Say, No Pay!) A donation of whole blood is worth 1 point, red cells or plasma earn 2 points, and platelets receive 3 points. An extra 2 points are added for first-time donors. (If you don’t qualify as a donor, PLEASE recruit new and seasoned donors!)

Roll up your sleeve! Whether donating at a neighborhood center, on-site blood drive or a Hoxworth Mobile Bus, make an appointment NOW online or by calling 513-451-0910. (Phone appointment is necessary for platelet donation. Also, phone coordinators can find donor sites closest to you for any type of blood donation.)

Last year Brandon’s Foundation won the second place $5000 award. Please help win the $10,000 top award to fund the research that will put an end to head and neck cancer!

2016 Grant Awards

The Board of Directors of Brandon's Foundation announced the 2016 research grant awardees on June 2, the four-year date of Brandon’s death. Recipients of a $20,000 renewal grant are Scott Langevin, PhD and Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine for a renewal of Efficacy of an LSD1 Inhibitor (GSK2879552) for Treating Sinonasal Squamous Cancer. Neil Bhola, PhD and Jennifer Grandis, MD of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSD) are awarded a $10,000 grant to study Investigating the Therapeutic Role of BRD4 on Cetuximab Resistance in HNSCC, and Laura Conforti, PhD of the University of Cincinnati receives $6,000 to study Tumor Microenvironment and Immune Therapies.

Brandon's Foundation owes a real debt of gratitude to the experts in head and neck cancer who review submitted research proposals. The review process is "blinded," so reviewers do not know who submitted any proposal. Also, proposals are sent to experts outside of their own healthcare institution. This year's reviewers included: El Mustapha Bahassi, PhD (UC), Beth M. Beadle, MD, PhD (MDA), Lauren A. Byers, MD (MDA), Brenda Diergaarde, PhD (UPMC), Adam S. Garden, MD (MDA), Michael Gibson, MD, PhD (UH Cleveland), Jennifer Grandis, MD (UCSF), Stephen Y. Lai, MD, PhD  (MDA), Mohan Natarajan, PhD (UTHSCSA), Jack Phan, MD, PhD (MDA), Timothy D. Struve, MD (UC), Theresa L. Whiteside, PhD (UPMC), John Yordy, MD, PhD (MDA). (A couple of reviewers preferred to remain anonymous.)

Congratulations to the recipients! Thank you to all of our Foundation donors and project committee members, and the research proposal reviewers who make these research grants possible! It would not happen without you!

 Also, Brandon’s Foundation was acknowledged for its help in funding the research of Weg Ongkeko, MD, PhD (UCSD) leading to the report The Non-coding Landscape of Head & Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Oncotarget.


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Great Food for a Great Cause - May 23rd

Join us Monday, May 23rd from 5-9 p.m. as the extraordinary staff of The National Exemplar, 6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, OH 45227, hosts its fourth annual Great Food for a Great Cause to benefit Brandon's Foundation! Make reservations NOW for between 5-9 p.m. to dine in or carry out from the restaurant's regular menu. 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 cancer. Call 513-271-2103 or reserve a table online. We'll see you there! 

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Head For A Cure At CycleBar - April 16, 2016

Posted on: March 24, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Research, Fundraising, Cyclebar, Cyclethon, Sponsor

Head For A Cure At CycleBar during Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week when Brandon's Foundation teams with Kappa Sigma at the University of Cincinnati fraternity and the CycleBar Rookwood studio for an indoor cyclethon! Please join us April 16th to enjoy an indoor workout experience during the 2 p.m.Classic (Rock) Ride or the 3:30 p.m. Battle of the Sexes ride! If you've never tried it, April 16th is the perfect time! Whether you're ready for the Tour de France or haven't been cycling since childhood, this is the perfect activity since only you decide how hard to push yourself. Please recruit fellow riders to sign up, so you have plenty of familiar company!

The participation fee is only $25, or $20 for students with the Promo code*. All participants will receive a CycleBar water bottle, pre- and post-ride snacks, and more. Want even more incentives? Ask others to sponsor your ride. Not only do sponsorships increase the funding raised for head and neck cancer research, but raise $100 and receive an event performance t-shirt; raise $150 to receive the event t-shirt plus an event sports towel or an event Sweaty Bands headband! Creating your online fundraising page is easy, so Start Fundraising for sponsorship of your ride today! If you prefer paper and pen, simply request the paper Sponsorship form* and turn everything in the day of your ride. 

* To obtain a hard copy of the Sponsorship form or request the Student Participant Promo Code: email bcg.headneckcafdn@gmail.com. Insert "Sponsorship form" in the subject line and it will be sent in a return email. To receive the promo code, insert "Student Promo Code" in the subject line, and include your name and school in the body of the message.

The number of "spinning" bikes is limited, so sign up NOW! All proceeds for this event will benefit Brandon's Foundation to fund the research that will put an end to head and neck cancers. 

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Request for (Research) Proposals - 2016

Posted on: March 23, 2016 8:00 pm
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Research, Request for proposals, Thank you

The Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation sent its 2016 RFP (Request for Proposals) at the end of February to researchers investigating head and neck cancer across the United States. Proposals must be received by March 31st to qualify for a Foundation 2016 grant award. Those meeting Foundation criteria are sent to other head and neck cancer experts for "blind" review. However, the Foundation's Board of Directors makes the final decision regarding the grant awardee(s).

This all sounds far easier than it is! With so many worthy head and neck cancer research projects that need funding, it can be painfully difficult to decide which to help fund. We know it means other promising projects may never get off the ground. 

This process reminds us of how deeply grateful we are to those who have contributed and continue to contribute to Brandon's Foundation, so that at least some innovative projects have a chance to make a difference. And, hopefully, the reason for regular fundraising pleas is understood. 

Thank you so very much for your ongoing interest and help. 

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A Mother's Passion and UC Research Findings

Liz Bonis, WKRC Local 12 health reporter, spoke with Brandon's mother, Karen, and head and neck cancer researcher, Dr. Trisha Wise-Draper, about head and neck cancer and recent findings regarding the role of the DEK gene in certain types of head and neck cancer. The interview aired on WKRC's March 6, 2016 late afternoon news program. Ms. Bonis focused on UC's head and neck cancer research, and Brandon's story and the foundation to raise funds for research in his name. Thank you, Ms. Bonis, for the opportunity to explain the reason "we can't, we won't and we don't stop" raising funds to end head and neck cancers. 

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Mardi Gras MASKerade a success!

Posted on: March 2, 2016 9:00 pm
Tags: Head for a cure, Head & neck cancer, Research, Funding, Mardi gras maskerade

More than 200 participants helped raise almost $25,000 for head and neck cancer research when they joined Brandon's Foundation to "laissez les bons temps rouler" at its February 6th Mardi Gras MASKerade at Cincinnati's 20th Century Theater! Masks and beads were the accessories of the evening! Interspersed with bidding on the many wonderful silent auction items, purchasing chances to "split the pot," entering tickets to win one of the special gift baskets or taking a chance on a mystery bottle of wine, MASKerade merrymakers hammed it up for Creative Photobooths keepsakes, took a peak into their futures during Tarot readings with Becca or Jan, enjoyed a signature beverage in an event hurricane glass and entered the contest to choose the MASKerade King and Queen in their imaginative costumes. It was a most enjoyable way to Head For A Cure while celebrating before Ash Wednesday's arrival. The evening ended with the DJ playing the Beastie Boys Sure Shot, because We Can't, We Won't and We Don't Stop until head and neck cancer is cured.

Thanks to all who attended and made this evening such a success. A special thank you goes to Christina Keuper Gromada and the Mardi Gras MASKerade committee for all the planning and time they invested to make the event so much fun. 

And, it's not too early to mark your calendar and save February 25, 2017 when we will once again Head For A Cure and "laissez les bond temps rouler" during the second annual Mardi Gras MASKerade! 

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