Wow, it's been a while since you've heard from us! That doesn't mean that we've been sitting around sipping champagne. Although, we should, since we have a lot to celebrate! TSOH has had a great year, and we couldn't have done it without you. So far, for 2017 we have raised $80,000! We have supported a clinical trial that will genetically map tumors of newly diagnosed children with a certain type of brain tumor. We also helped to fund another research project that discovered key biological differences in how mutated genes combine with other genes to drive this childhood cancer. These are the crucial steps that are needed to find out what makes these tumors grow in children, and then find ways to stop them. You can read more about this study HERE.
Our two signature fundraisers were hugely successful! Step it Up for Research 5K and the Reach for the Stars Masquerade Ball (check out the awesome photos from Jen Davis HERE!) raised almost $50,000! We held our first annual TSOH Softball Tournament with the help of USA NJ Softball Tournaments! And so many other community groups and businesses pitched in to help us raise money, as well. Friendly's Scoop Night, Take 5 Comedy Nights, All for Dance: Dancers Against Cancer, and the Trenton Thunder all did their part in raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer. We are so thankful to be in a community that pays it forward to help those in need, whatever the cause may be.
At the Masquerade Ball, we honored two organizations that do just that, every single day. Investors Bank supports local community non-profits through their grant making and have never hesitated to help out Thea's Star of Hope when called upon. The Trenton Thunder has partnered with Thea's Star of Hope in a big way. The Thunder held a fundraising campaign and raised $30,000 for support programs and research for kids with brain tumors. The campaign culminated in a childhood cancer awareness night at Arm and Hammer Park that hundreds of Thea's Star of Hope supporters attended. It was one special evening, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Thunder, again, in 2018! Keep an eye out for some exciting news!
The second version of the Starfolio resource, created with our friends at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Swifty Foundation, for families of newly diagnosed children is in production and scheduled to begin going out to families soon. We are excited to announce that we will also be providing the children with a resource of their own. "Thea's Story," written by Thea's 4th grade class at Sharon Elementary, is being published and will help other kids to understand that they are not alone in this brain tumor diagnosis.
Just last month, Thea's Star of Hope received another honor. We were presented with the Robbinsville Economic Advisory Committee Civic Service Award. To be chosen,among so many incredible non-profits, was an amazing honor. Our work and your support is not going unnoticed. The stage is being set for even bigger and better things for 2018.
But, there is still time left in 2017! We are trying to hit a huge milestone - raise $100,000 for the year. As I mentioned earlier, we have already raised $80,000. We CAN do this! But not without your support. Keep an eye out for a lot of ways you can help for Giving Tuesday, and the end of the year. Or, keep it simple, and make a donation. If you are a business owner, check out our Corporate Sponsor packages. Any donation made now, will carry through for 2018 for incentives.
Our story is not over, yet. There is still work to be done. But thank you, for being part of our story and for helping us change the futures of kids with brain tumors. Thanks to you, they are not LIVING and not just surviving.