Rise Above It (RAI) was a proud sponsor the Critical Mass 2013 Annual Conference.
Included below is an update from Critical Mass CEO, Heidi Adams:
Connecting the Dots 2013 is over, but I want to take the time to thank you for making Cleveland a memorable experience. As we welcomed old friends and met new ones, it was a great reminder that, together, we have the ability to shape and redefine the way forward for the young adult cancer community.
There were many “firsts” at this meeting, showing the vibrancy and progress in the AYA (adolescent and young adult) movement. In an exciting pre-conference gathering, representatives from most of the NCI cooperative groups came together at the invitation of Critical Mass and the AYA Committees of SWOG and COG for the first-ever intergroup meeting to discuss AYA research priorities and avenues for intergroup collaboration.
Kicking off the conference, representatives from the Institute of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute reported out on their milestone AYA meetings from earlier this year, giving us a first look at how policy and research priorities are shaping up moving forward.
Diem Brown's inspiring keynote reminded us why we were all there: both in outlining the challenges unique to young people with cancer, and in embodying their spirit in meeting those challenges.
We had a stellar pool of abstract submissions, with an afternoon of robust oral presentations and the first AYA research awards, given by the Steven G. AYA Cancer Fund. And we were proud to host the awarding of the first National Center of Excellence designations by Change It Back.
We took a candid look at some of the obstacles and solutions for developing AYA programs. And, finally, we explored the impact of the Affordable Care Act on young adults, with an up-to-the-minute presentation from Joanna Morales of Triage Cancer and an interactive case study exercise to help attendees put newfound knowledge into practice.
We’ll be posting many of the presentations on the Critical Mass website in days to come. In the meantime, check out my recent blog post at triagecancer.com, where I wrote about Critical Mass’ big vision for a shared patient resource platform, a National Young Adult Cancer Registry, and the need for us to walk forward together as a community to achieve it. Your commitment to our shared vision and the important work that each of you do every day will significantly improve the lives of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) now, and for years to come.
So, as we head into this Thanksgiving Day holiday, know that I am thankful for all of you, for the work we have done to reach this point, and for the possibilities of where we will go in the future.
What a Success!!!
104 golfers gathered for a 1:00pm shotgun start, on a beautiful day, at Sweetbriar Golf Club on September 28th to help in the fight against adolescent and young adult cancer. The combination of perfect temperature and sunshine made for an extraordinary day of golf, games and fun. The day was made possible with tremendous support from our many sponsors, committee chairs, volunteers, and golfers.
Total funds raised for the 2013 Colin O’Donoghue Legacy Invitational exceeded $7,000! We thank each and every person and organization that helped make this event another success for RAI, with special thanks to our sponsors:
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The 2013 RAI Super Bowl Benefit was particularly special for Rise Above It (RAI) as is marked the 10 year anniversary of our foundation raising funds to HELP FIGHT CANCER! What initially began as a party amongst close friends, designed to support our close friend and continued inspiration - Colin O'Donoghue - has grown into a well-established organization that supports a movement in the world of Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology (AYAO). The fight against adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer has gained tremendous momentum, much in part due to the support of RAI and its committed supporters.
The all-day celebration kicked off with a great showing of supporters at the Blind Pig in downtown Cleveland and lasted through the game (including the blackout!) Bay Village native, Bobby St. Vincent, started off the festivities, singing a live set of acoustic music while friends gathered at the bar and took part in the tailgating festivities. The crowd was in the giving spirit and helped RAI to have its most successful Super Bowl Benefit to date, raising over $13,000 to help in the fight against cancer! This year was marked by a tremendous outpouring of support from sponsors, including: Blockshopper Cleveland, TRG, the Rogers Group, mylifeline.org, Cooke & Co, LPA, Rock River Group, Midland Met Services Inc, as well as former Cleveland Brown punter and Bay Village native, Dave Zastudil, the Wallace family, Scott & Danielle Raybuck, the Pirtle family, Ben & Olivia Tomon, Joseph Nilsestuen, Virtual DJ and Dan Posner.
The funds raised during the 2013 RAI Super Bowl Benefit will be used primarily to support the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Cancer Institute at University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies Childrens Hospital’s. We thank each and every person and organization that helped make this event another success for RAI, with special thanks again to our sponsors:
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The Croyle Family The Wallace Family
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Joseph G. Nilsestuen - Scott & Danielle Raybuck - The Pirtle Family - Ben & Olivia Tomon
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Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013 (Super Bowl Sunday)
Time: 3:00p.m. (EST) until close
Location: Blind Pig Speakeasy, 1228 West 6th St., Cleveland, OH
2012 was another great year for the RAI Golf Outing!
The weather was on our side and the Sweetbriar Legacy course was in perfect condition as twenty-four foursomes took to the greens raising $8,000 to help in the fight against cancer. The day was made possible with the help of many sponsors, volunteers, and of course golfers, all dedicating their time and money towards the cause. Team “Greg is Handsome” came away the big winners from the day with a cash prize of $500, however generously donated their winnings back to Rise Above It to further aid those impacted by cancer.
The funds raised in the 2012 RAI Golf Outing will be used primarily to support the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Cancer Institute at University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies Childrens Hospital’s. We thank each and every person and organization that helped make this event another success for RAI, with special thanks to our sponsors:
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Click here to view golfer pictures from the event!