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Blog Entries - 2018

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.

AmazonSmiles

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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Your Support Means Everything!

Posted on: March 13, 2018 8:00 pm
Tags: Head & neck cancer, Research, Fundraising,

Thank you! Thank you Mardi Gras MASKerade 2018 attendees, table 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 #HeadForACure with $27,800 for head and neck cancer research! As every year, the evening 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 the time they invested to make the event such a success. Thank you, again, and mark your calendars now for March 2, 2019 when we will once again Head For A Cure and "laissez les bond temps rouler" during our third annual Mardi Gras MASKerade! 

AmazonSmiles

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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It's time to "laissez les bon temps rouler" February 10, 2018!

The online box office is open to purchase tickets for Brandon's Foundation's third annual Mardi Gras MASKerade, featuring Cincinnati party band Robin Lacy & DeZydeco! This fun-filled fundraising event takes place February 10, 2018 - 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. This event gets bigger and better every year! A DJ will follow Robin Lacy & DeZydeco to keep attendees on the dance floor until midnight. And back by popular demand, tarot card readers will predict guests’ futures and the photo booth will again snap zany group keepsake photos! Guests may compete in the costume contest for the honor of being crowned Queen and King of the MASKerade. (Amy 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.

The first 50 tickets sold online offer a $25 discount so each Early Bird ticket is only $50! Once these are gone, the price returns to the $75 per ticket, so purchase tickets TODAY!

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

Don't miss out! Join us February 10th. Have a great time as you "laissez les bond temps rouler" AND Head For A Cure to end head and neck cancer through research! 

 

SAVE the date April 16, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. dinner hours for the sixth annual Great Food for a Great Cause at The National Exemplar in Mariemont, OH. All proceeds from food purchases, whether dine in or carry out, will be donated to Brandon's Foundation! More information to come!

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