It has already been a great year, for Thea's Star of Hope, and we are just getting started! To date, we have raised almost $25,000 in 2017! Our big spring event, Step It Up for Research, is coming up in just a few days, and we hope to see you there! The funds raised for this event will go to funding a clinical trial that will genetically sequence all newly diagnosed children with low grade gliomas and map their tumors for all of the known genetic mutations. This will change treatment options for these kids and have a tremendous impact on their quality of life.
Of course, we couldn't do all of this without the tremendous support from our volunteers and board of directors. We are growing and wanted to take a moment and welcome two new board members to the organization!
Holly joined the board in December and is a graduate of the The College of New Jersey. She has over 20 years of experience in business management, customer service, project management and event planning. In addition to her business experience, Holly has been also a dance teacher and co-owner of All for Dance in Robbinsville for the past 13 years. Holly was delighted to meet Thea over 5 years ago in dance class. Her spirit, joy and strength were inspiring to everyone at All for Dance. After learning about TSOH, Holly knew that she and All for Dance wanted to play a part in helping to improve treatments for children.
Dan is a graduate of Bowdoin College (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.). He returned to UPenn in the Fall of 2016 to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) while working full time as Regional Operations Manager for McMaster-Carr, a Robbinsville-based industrial supply company.
Dan was elected to his first term on Robbinsville's Township Council in November, 2015. He served as Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) from 2012 to 2015, where he helped create a vibrant network among Robbinsville's small business owners and encouraged new businesses to open in town. He also served as Mayor Fried's representative on the Township Planning Board in 2015 and as the Council representative in 2016.
Dan became involved in TSOH in 2014, when he attended our very first family fun walk. He has been a tremendous supporter, ever since, helping us make connections in the area and supporting every event we have had, since. He has volunteered with several non-profit organizations and is a Director on the Board of the Mercer County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mercer).