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Laissez les bon temps rouler at The Phoenix on March 2, 2019!

Posted on: January 13, 2019 11:00 pm
Tags: Mardi gras maskerade, Fundraising, Head and neck cancer, Research, Tickets

The online box office is open to purchase tickets for Brandon's Foundation's fourth annual Mardi Gras MASKerade, featuring Cincinnati party band Robin Lacy & DeZydeco! This fun-filled fundraising event takes place March 2, 2019 - the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. This year's event moves to The Phoenix  (downtown, 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202) from 7:30 p.m. to Midnight. Valet parking will be available or there is an adjacent parking garage at 11 W. 9th Street.

This event gets bigger and better every year! The music of Robin Lacy & DeZydeco will keep attendees on the dance floor until midnight. Back by popular demand, tarot card/psychic readers will discuss guests’ pasts and predict their futures, and the photo booth will again snap individual and group keepsake photos! Don’t forget to dress in costume if you'd like to compete contest for the honor of being crowned Queen and King of the MASKerade, although any attire is welcome.  

Other highlights include a silent auction with a variety of fabulous items, fun and exciting prize-filled raffle baskets, split the pot, the Benn Banks Mardi Gras Duck Pond - a wine (sponsored by Constellation Brands) and 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.

Make a night of the Mardi Gras MASKerade by staying downtown for special rates available at several downtown Cincinnati hotels – all within walking distance of The Phoenix. To reserve a room at the event rates, click on the hotel name: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (151 W. 5th Street) or call their reservation center 1-800-233-1234; Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown or Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Downtown (both at 617 Vine Street). The deadline for reserving any rooms at the special rate is February 16, 2019.

Don't miss out! Purchase tickets online TODAY for Mardi Gras MASKerade 2019; the first 50 tickets sold online are offered with a $25 discount. Each Early Bird ticket is only $50! (If still available the Early Bird discount will be applied during the ticketing process.) Once these are gone, the price returns to the $75 per ticket.

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

Join us March 2nd. Have a great time as you "laissez les bond temps rouler" AND Head For A Cure to end head and neck cancer through research! 

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Congratulations 2018 Grant Awardees!

Posted on: November 12, 2018 12:00 am
Tags: Research, Head and neck cancer, Grant awards

Brandon's Foundation was able to offer $45,000 in the form of two research grants in 2018! This is only due to your ongoing donations and support to end head and neck cancer through research of new treatments and cures. Thank you so very much! We are please to share where your donations went this year by introducing you to the awardees, and we hope you will continue to support Brandon's Foundation so other worthy projects receive funding in 2019 and beyond!

Vinita Takiar, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and member of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI) and her multidisciplinary team, including medical oncologist Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, surgeon Alice Tang, MD, and post-doctoral fellow Christina Wicker, PhDwere awarded the 2018 Brandon C. Gromada Head &Neck Cancer Foundation Research Pilot Grant of $25,000. Their project, Developing Head and Neck Patient-Derived Organoid Models for Preclinical Testing,involves collecting pilot data looking at patient-derived organoids (PDO). Growing tumors in the lab directly from patients will provide the researchers with a new way to study head and neck cancers and explore new “personalized medicine” treatment approaches. Dr. Takiar and the Foundation's grant award were recently feature in UC News.

Brandon’s Foundation (providing $20,000) joined with the Conquer Cancer Foundation, of the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO), to fund a 2018 Young Investigator Award(YIA) for a head and neck cancer research project Devarati Mitra, MD, PhD, of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, was awarded this YIA for her project Radiation Therapy in Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Resistant Head and Neck Cancer. Dr. Mitra’s research seeks to understand why most patients with head and neck cancer do not respond to immunotherapy and investigate if radiation therapy can be used as a tool to help overcome treatment resistance. Ultimately, she hopes these studies will inform how radiation therapy may be best combined with anti-PD1 treatment to maximize disease response rates and improve outcomes for those with recurrent or metastatic disease. ASCO included a feature about this grant award, Brandon and the Foundation in the November 2018 issue of ASCO Connections


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New UCCI - Brandons' Foundation Research Fund

Posted on: March 23, 2018 4:00 pm
Tags: Head and neck cancer, Head and neck cancer research, Treatment, Cure, Fundraising

Establishment of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation Research Fund

Several weeks ago Brandon's Foundation made an agreement to award an annual grant to a University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI) researcher for an innovative head and neck cancer research project. Last Friday, March 16, Brandon's 44th birthday, members of the foundation's Board of Directors, Brandon's daughter and one of his nephews met with physicians and researchers at UCCI to present a check for $25,000 for the first annual grant award. The decision to create this collaboration was based on several factors: 1. Brandon received excellent care at UC Health Barrett Cancer Center during his illness; 2. Each year since the first grants were awarded (2014) at least one UCCI research project submission has been a top scorer and been awarded Foundation funding. (Submissions were subject to blind peer review and scoring by experts in head and neck cancer.) 3. The Board of Directors will continue to have a voice in research project selection. 4. The majority of support and donations to the Foundation come from the area served by UCCI. 5. This has the potential to help draw even more experts in head and neck cancer to UCCI and this area. The Foundation plans to continue to award an additional grant, which will be open to other head and neck cancer researchers in the USA. A "Request for Abstracts" (RFA) for that award will be sent out in the next 1 to 2 weeks.


Brandon's Foundation can now benefit from the AmazonSmile Foundation when you sign up for AmazonSmiles and choose (under the "Or pick your own charitable organization") the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation to benefit from eligible purchases made through the AmazonSmiles URL. They will then donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Brandon's Foundation! (For more information, see their About page.) And from March 12 - 31 Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible AmazonSmiles purchase! Please head to AmazonSmiles NOW to sign up and choose (or change your choice of charity to) Brandon's Foundation!

Great Food for a Great Cause

Make your reservation NOW for April 16, 2018 at The National Exemplar (6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, OH 45227) for the sixth annual Great Food for a Great Cause. Whether you dine in or carry out, all food proceeds from the 5 to 9 p.m. dinner hours will be donated to Brandon's Foundation! Reservations may be made online or by calling (513) 271-2103. See you there!

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