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Blog Entries - March 2016

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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