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!