Events Update Fall 2013

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Emily Kuschnar, who ran (again!) for Elizabeth’s Hope on Team Zachys at the Westchester Running Festival on Sunday, October 13. Visit Emily’s Rally.org page to learn more. Thanks to Lilly Santoro for serving up the 2nd Annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament for EH at Gettysburg College in early October. The event was a SMASHING success!! They aced it raising almost $2,000 through fees and t-shirt sales which will go to research at the CBTP. Thanks to Kathleen Clark for the What’s YOUR Fight Tigers? 2nd Annual Tailgate in early October at LSU Parade Grounds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana See previous...

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Events Update, Spring and Summer 2013

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It was an exciting spring and summer for Elizabeth’s Hope and the Children’s Brain Tumor Project! At Williams College this spring, Mack Von Mehren and the men’s lacrosse team dedicated their season to Elizabeth, raising money from supporters with every goal scored. The team’s April 20 home game was a tribute to Elizabeth. Thanks so much to Mack, and to everyone who contributed to this effort! In April, we visited Denison College for a pre-graduation celebration and to attend a “Lax for Liz” game. Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams held fund-raisers for Elizabeth’s Hope, organized by Molly Cornbrooks. This should have been Elizabeth’s graduation year, so our visit was a bittersweet and deeply moving experience for us. Elizabeth was remembered in the graduation program in May, as was another young woman who died of cancer. We are so grateful to everyone at Denison for their numerous fund-raisers, even as as we mourn for all Elizabeth missed out on. June brought the Second Annual Ride for Elizabeth’s Hope at Soul Cycle in Greenwich, organized by Amanda Hudson along with our intrepid Volunteer Coordinator, Tessa Naso. We couldn’t help but think back to the first ride, also organized by Tessa, when Elizabeth was still with us. Little did we know that day that it was to be the first of many events in support of the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. A million thanks to you, Tessa, for all you do! In July, Tessa hosted an exuberant gathering of our college Ambassadors in New York City. The fundraising these young men and women have done for Elizabeth’s Hope is beyond amazing; they have carried Elizabeth’s name and story to everything from entire field hockey and lacrosse seasons to tennis tournaments in her honor. Even more exciting, those Ambassadors are now committed to pairing up with recent graduates of Bronxville High School to help pass the torch to them and carry on this important work. Thank you, Ambassadors! In August, our good friend Tom Jones fulfilled his lifelong dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and we were honored that he dedicated his climb to Elizabeth. Tom trained hard for his climb but wasn’t sure he’d make it to the summit—but make it he did, carrying an Elizabeth’s Hope flag with him to unfurl at the peak. In addition, Tom rallied friends and colleagues from around the world to donate to Elizabeth’s Hope in support of his climb, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. Thank you so much to Tom and to all the donors who contributed to the effort! See events from earlier in...

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2013 Kilimanjaro Climb by Tom Jones for Elizabeth’s Hope

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Our friend Tom Jones took off on August 1 for an amazing adventure: He and his group of eight fellow travelers are in Tanzania with a goal of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. In a supremely touching gesture, Tom decided to dedicate his climb to Elizabeth and use it to raise funds for Elizabeth’s Hope. Here’s what Tom said about his climb: This perhaps foolish notion has been on my “to do” list for a couple of decades, and I have been working hard in recent months to get in shape. There is no preparation, however, for the lack of oxygen at 19,340 feet. All l I can do is show up and do my best, which is how I choose to define “success” for this adventure. To suggest that success comes only from making it to the top strikes me as a little hubristic and a little dangerous. I want this trip to be about more than checking off a “bucket list” adventure or, to be honest, about more than feeding my ego. I would like to honor the memory of Elizabeth Minter, who died May 30, 2012, from a rare brain cancer. She is the daughter of my best friend in Bronxville, Mike Minter, and his wife, Emmie. Elizabeth was twenty-one when she died, after an eighteen month struggle — a valiant struggle, one filled with determination, hope, and grace. Tom is carrying with him on his climb a flag with the Elizabeth’s Hope logo on it. He has vowed to plant it at the summit — or have one of his group plant it for him if he doesn’t make it to the top. And he’s asking friends and colleagues to contribute to Elizabeth’s Hope in support of his climb. Tom has set a goal of $100,000, and has promised to match the largest contribution received. We are deeply touched and honored that Tom would choose to make this climb in Elizabeth’s name. We’ll be posting photos on this page as well as on our Facebook page as Tom relays them back to us. We wish him good luck and a safe climb! August 3: Here I am in the Masai village — I had peppermint candies to give to the children, but I ran out fast! August 4: This is my ”tent” at Nadarakwai, the base camp before the trek begins tomorrow. This is my last bed (and last shower) for ten days. August 5: Ray Goodmon, far left, was a fraternity brother at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Susan have never camped, but have been intrepid, as have Ruffner Page, a good friend from Birmingham and his brother-in-law, Holman Head. August 6: One of our...

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Williams College Men’s Lacrosse for Elizabeth’s Hope: Spring 2013

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Going for the Goal… for Elizabeth’s Hope The Williams College men’s lacrosse team dedicated their 2013 season to Elizabeth’s Hope. Thanks, Ephs, for the 114 goals you netted this season — that’s over $5000 in per-goal pledges! Thanks to our per-goal supporters: Tricia Bossidy Shari MacIvor Brunner Margaret Chou (Bowman) The Crane family Karla Diserens Michael and Holly Foster Renee Graham (many thanks for the bonus pledge for goals scored by your son Kai!) Scott James Graham Gerry Gray and Kristen Meier Maureen Hackett Kathy Hellstern Mary and James Hoch Jeff Kiesel Steven Kiesel The Longobardo family The Minter family Allessandra Rose Philip and Jan von Mehren The Wawrose family The Weigman family Polly and Jeffrey Whittle In addition to the per-goal pledges, the following people made gifts in support of the Williams Lacrosse fund-raiser: Edith and Don Allison Ellen Blais Laurie Bond Donald Burriesci Diane Clarner Samuel Huntington Bernard Kelley Mary Massa Suzanne McCann Katherine McGough Craig Medwick Priscilla Morrissey David Wong The ultimate winning goal is this: to bring hope to the hundreds of patients and families each year who confront the heartbreaking diagnoses of gliomatosis cerebri, DIPG, AT/RT, and other rare brain tumors that strike children and young adults. Because they are so rare, these inoperable tumors simply do not get the funding or attention that research scientists need to find a cure. Want to contribute to a current fund-raiser? See what’s going on right...

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Event Update: Spring 2013

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This season brings with it a new round of events and fund-raisers, for which we are so grateful. The Children’s Brain Tumor Project relies heavily on these fund-raisers, so we thank all our friends — especially those continuing Elizabeth’s legacy on college campuses. Yohannes Constable took Elizabeth’s Hope to new heights when he reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Many thanks to Yohannes for his dedication, and also to the supporters who sponsored him on his climb. Mack von Mehren and the Williams College men’s lacrosse team are on fire for Elizabeth’s Hope this spring, raising money from supporters who have pledged dollar amounts for each goal scored. The way the team is scoring, the Ephs will generate a very generous donation! Many thanks to Richard J. Hurley and the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, which is holding a fund-raiser for Elizabeth’s Hope at Miami University in Ohio. The Bronxville School’s Bronco Bonanza in February was once again dedicated to Elizabeth’s Hope. The school has been one of our most supportive friends, and we are so grateful. The River Road Coffee House in Granville, Ohio, hosted the second annual “Lattes for Liz.” Thank you! Elizabeth’s friends at Denison University in Ohio have been some of our most loyal supporters. For the second year in a row, Sigma Phi Epsilon at Denison is dedicating their annual fashion show to Elizabeth’s Hope. The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will dedicate an April home game to Elizabeth’s Hope — Lax for Liz! And thanks to the women of Denison who took Elizabeth’s Hope with them on spring break this year by sporting their Gretchen Scott blouses. Sales of these tops, which Elizabeth helped design during her illness, benefit Elizabeth’s...

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