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!read more…
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.read more…
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!
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.
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!read more…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.read more…
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.read more…
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!read more…
The online box office opened today, December 1st, for tickets to Brandon's Foundation's first annual Mardi Gras MASKerade! This rollicking fundraising event takes place February 6, 2016 - 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 be available. The evening will feature musical entertainment by Dan Dorff Trio and DJ Court Jester Mark Santangelo! Tarot card readers will predict guests’ futures and an event photographer will snap keepsake photos. Guests may compete in the costume contest to determine who wins the crowns of MASKerade King and Queen. If you're not the costume contest type, "regular" attire is also welcome. (Masks and beads will be provided!) Other highlights include a silent auction, raffle baskets, split the pot, wine & craft beer raffles and more! And the signature beverage will be enjoyed in a souvenir Hurricane glass.
Purchase tickets TODAY to take advantage of the Early Bird price of $50 per ticket. This special price is only in effect for the first 50 tickets. After these are gone, the standard price is $75 per ticket.
Mardi Gras MASKerade sponsors will receive special treatment at the event! For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Brandon's Foundation.
Don't miss out! Join us February 6th when we "laissez les bond temps rouler" while raising funds for head and neck cancer research!read more…
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.read more…
Thank you to all who have contributed to Brandon's Foundation, allowing us to award two grants during 2014! With your help Brandon's Foundation will be able to provide more grant funding in 2015!
There are no words to express what your support to fight this disease means to those who love and miss Brandon.
A happy and healthy 2015 to you all!read more…
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!read more…
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!read more…
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!
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!read more…
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!read more…
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 email@example.com.
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.read more…
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!read more…
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.
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.read more…