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Blog Entries - tag: 'Fundraising'

Mardi Gras MASKerade 2017 a success because of you!

Posted on: March 16, 2017 12:00 am
Tags: Head & neck cancer, Research, Fundraising, Gratitude

Thank you! Thank you Mardi Gras MASKerade 2017 attendees, sponsors, auction item donors, Constellation Brands, Inc. for sponsoring the Benn Banks Craft Wine & Beer Raffle, mail-in donors, speakers, and the staff of the 20th Century Theater! Because of you Brandon's foundation will Head For A Cure with more than $27,000 for head and neck cancer research! The evening again ended with the Beastie Boys Sure Shot, because We Can't, We Won't and We Don't Stop until head and neck cancer is cured. 

A special thank you to Christina Keuper Gromada and the Mardi Gras MASKerade committee for all the planning and the time they invested to make the event such a success. 

Thank you, again, and mark your calendars now for February 10, 2018 when we will once again Head For A Cure and "laissez les bond temps rouler" during our third annual Mardi Gras MASKerade! 

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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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Announcing the 2015 Research Grant Recipients

Posted on: June 2, 2015 9:00 pm
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Research, Grant recipients, Fundraising

Funds will go to head and neck cancer researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego

Brandon C. Gromada died of head and neck cancer at the age of 38 three years ago today, June 2, 2012. It seems fitting that the foundation named for him announces its 2015 research grants on this third anniversary of his death. The recipients of the two grants are Nooshin Hashemi, M.D. and El Mustapha Bahassi, Ph.D. of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, and Rutherford (Weg) M. Ongkeko, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

The UC College of Medicine researchers are being awarded a $20,000 grant to study "Pharmacogenomic Profiling of Circulating Tumor Cells to Guide Head and Neck Cancer Therapy." A $15,000 grant will provide seed funding for Dr. Ongkeko’s research, "Characterization of Long Non-coding RNA in Poorly Differentiated Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma," at UCSD. The recipients of both grants expressed similar themes when notified their research projects were chosen for the two grants. They noted the difficulties for those seeking funding for head and neck cancer research. According to Dr. Bahassi, "Generous gifts from foundations like yours are becoming essential as research funding is facing daunting challenges." All reiterated Dr. Ongkeko’s pledge to use the funds wisely in order to better understand head and neck cancer and explore treatments that "ultimately find a cure for this unforgiving disease."

The foundation’s grant selection process takes time and effort. A “request for proposals” is made early in the year. Each submitted proposal is then sent to several experts in the field of head and neck cancer who volunteer their time to review and rate various merits of a proposal. (Submitted proposals are “blinded,” so reviewers do not know a researcher’s name.) The foundation’s board of directors uses the reviewers’ ratings to guide the final selection of projects for funding.

About Head and Neck Cancer

"Cancer of the head and neck, which includes oral cancer, receives little public attention," said Karen Gromada, chairperson of the foundation’s board of directors and Brandon’s mother, “although it is among the most common – and the most deadly – cancers in the United States.” The sixth most common cancer in the United States, its incidence has risen significantly in the last one to two decades among those 25-50 years of age. Usually a form of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), head and neck cancer’s low 50% five-year survival rate has changed little for decades.  The goal of Brandon's foundation is to provide funding for innovative head and neck cancer research, which will result in cures and more effective, less-debilitating treatments while also raising awareness about the disease. The Gromadas want to end the devastation of head and neck cancer so "no other family will have to deal with the sadness we will always feel with Brandon’s death."

Join us now to HEAD 4 A Cure! Donate today and help end head and neck cancer tomorrow.

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