8th Annual Super Bowl Benefit

A big thank you to all who celebrated the 8th Annual Rise Above It (RAI) Super Bowl Benefit at the Blind Pig in Cleveland, Ohio.  The event was another success for RAI with over 200 guests joining the celebration, raising nearly $10,000, 100% of which will benefit the lives of young adults affected by cancer.

A special thank you to our sponsors – The Blind Pig, Miller Lite, BlockShopper, Cook & Marcis, LLP and the Technology Recovery Group.  The generosity and support shown at this year’s event was another display of the incredible community RAI has surrounding it in the ongoing fight against adolescent and young adult cancer.  Thanks to all who attended and supported the cause!

2010 RAI Golf Outing

Thanks to the overwhelming support from RAI's network of supporters and corporate sponsors, the 2010 RAI Golf Outing was another victory in the fight against cancer. The event hosted many new and returning golfers and raised a total of over $5,000 in proceeds which will be used to directly impact the lives of young adult cancer patients and their families as they continue to fight this disease. Please take a moment to view the slide show highlighting our corporate sponsors and this year's golfers.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Announcing RAI’s 2009 Partner of the Year | Resource Title

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, Resource Title chose to share some of its success with local non-profit organizations within the Cleveland area. For every residential refinance or purchase closed through Resource Title, $25 was donated to Rise Above It (RAI) in the months of September and December. For a commercial transactions, Resource Title donated $100. In total, Resource Title donated $3,500 to RAI in support of the fight against young adult cancer! This is an excellent example of a local company sharing its success with the Greater Cleveland community.  Please take part in celebrating Resource Title's 25th Anniversary – a tremendous milestone – and read about our proud partner by visiting www.resourcetitle.com.

7th Annual Super Bowl Benefit

February 7th, 2010

Many thanks to all who made the 7th Annual Super Bowl Benefit a great success! The enthusiasm, generosity and support displayed by RAI supporters was OUTSTANDING — a true example of how our community can come together and make a difference in the fight.

Over 250 partied with a cause, celebrating America’s number #1 sporting event and enjoying the traditional of raffles, amazing door prizes, great food, and fabulous guest bartenders... As a result, RAI was able to raise $11,000 in total proceeds – 100% of which will be used to benefit adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.

Thank you again – we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

RAI Cleveland Superbowl Benefit Party 2010

Door Prizes donated by:

Additional thanks to:

  • Event Coordinator Brian Burger and the 2010 Event Committee
  • Guest Bartenders: Tyler Smith, Dawn Pickering, Sue Carroll, Tom Murphy, Valerie Phillips, Katrina Hollo, Jay Casey Eammon Dooley, and Amir Kettani
  • MillerLITE
  • Gina Kost for generously gifting $250 of $500 Grand Prize
  • Many others for generously gifting Super Bowl Squares winnings, and
  • Midview Wrestling team for their generous team donation

Click here to view photos from the event.

2009 Black Dress Yellow Tie

RAI Benefit Program

On October 16th, Rise Above It (RAI) demonstrated its continued growth while hosting the 2009 Black Dress Yellow Tie event.

Nearly 200 friends and supporters gathered at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott for a silent auction, gourmet dinner and live entertainment. A host of speakers inspired attendees by sharing their personal experiences and their commitment to RAI in the fight against cancer.

Beneficiary, Meghan (Baurer) Yee, spoke of the inspiring role RAI played in her own cancer journey. RAI President, Ryan O'Donoghue, presented Meghan with a $1,000 grant in support on her continuing fight.

Check Presentation For Meghan Baurer Yee
Mike Sherwin Talking With Coffee Mug

Mike Sherwin, LIVESTRONG™ Board Member and Chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment, introduced his long time friend and esteemed colleague, Heidi Adams, as the event Keynote Speaker. His parting words, appropriately displayed on a coffee mug previously given to him by Heidi – "Fuck Cancer!"

Heidi Adams Planet Cancer Speaking

Heidi Adams shared a heroic journey, covering her own cancer diagnosis and the eventual establishment of Planet Cancer - the world's premier social networking website for young adults battling cancer. Heidi emphasized the uniqueness and importance of RAI's services, sighting a specific example where RAI and its supporters allowed one particular individual to live out his dreams as an independent young artist in New York City.

New to the program was the presentation of RAI's Outstanding Contribution and Volunteer Service Awards. Dave Zastudil, #15 of the Cleveland Browns, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award for his tremendous support since RAI's incorporation, and Alexis Vinick was awarded the Volunteer Service Award for her efforts as RAI's Director of Patient Services – the core responsibility of RAI.

Award Presentation For Dave Zastudil
Award For Alexis Vinick







Above: Alexis Vinick, RAI Director of Patient Services; Left: RAI President Ryan O'Donoghue presents Dave Zastudil with Outstanding Contribution Award



Additional thanks to:

Kevin Brown (right) and Thom Sandrock (left) for the wonderful live entertainment.

Sandrock Brown Playing Guitar

Magnificat (pictured) and St. Edward's High School Volunteers

Magnificat Volunteer Ladies

And lastly... special thanks to all of our supporters in attendance on October 16th.

Click here to view additional photos from the event!