Elizabeth’s Hope celebrated spring with a fundraising cocktail party on April 25 at the stylish Bowery Hotel in New York. All 600 tickets sold out well in advance, and the event raised more than $40,000 for the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. Many thanks to Tessa Naso for organizing another winning event.
Our CBTP families were busy in May for Brain Cancer Awareness Month. On May 4, the Joshua Bembo Project walked in the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C. On May 17, the Christian Koehler Foundation held its annual lacrosse tournament in East Islip, Long Island, donating this year’s proceeds to the CBTP. TEAM Sean held its annual BANDs Together Against Brain Tumors event on May 18.
Also on May 18, Cheering for Caitlin put on a 5K Remembrance Walk in honor of what should have been Caitlin’s 7th birthday. The event was hosted in Caitlin’s home town of Oviedo, Florida, but walkers there were joined by “virtual” participants from all across the country. More than 1,000 people walked in this event nationally, raising more than $20,000 for the CBTP. Many thanks to Katie Chandler and her mom, Joni Campbell Chandler, for organizing this event. Katie even went on to bring her DIPG awareness campaign to the final round of the Miss Outstanding Teen Florida pageant.
On June 7, Olivia’s Foundation hosted the Curing Kids’ Cancer Marathon in Brooklyn, where Olivia’s parents, Enza and Frank Boccuzzi, presented Dr. Souweidane with $50,000 to support his research. Our deepest thanks for this tremendous generosity.
Christopher Collina’s parents marked the May 21 anniversary of his diagnosis by holding t-shirt sales at PS158 in Staten Island (where his mom Melissa works) and the Police Department in Plainfield, New Jersey, (where his dad Tommy works). The Collinas sold hundreds of shirts and donated the proceeds to the Children’s Brain Tumor Project.