RAI Joins the LIVESTRONG™ Young Adult Alliance…

Rise Above It (RAI) was invited by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to become a member of its LIVESTRONG™ Young Adult Alliance.

The LIVESTRONG™ Young Adult Alliance is a coalition of organizations with the goal to improve the survival rates and quality of life for young adults with cancer between the ages of 15 and 40. The Alliance is committed to promoting research and the investigation of the problem, serving as a voice for the issue and promoting effective solutions.

RAI Founder and President, Ryan O'Donoghue, attended the Alliance annual meeting in Austin, TX on November 8 and 9.

Click here for more information about the LIVESTRONG™ Young Adult Alliance.

Bar Wars

February 27, 2007

BAR WARS brings in bartenders from surrounding T.G.I.Friday's locations to compete and to see who can create the best drinks. 18 drinks are auctioned off at each event, with all proceeds going to local charities. Bartenders are judged on technique, crowd enthusiasm and creativity. Winners are awarded for Flare, Speed, and Overall Performance.

Westlake Ohio T.G.I.F. designated Rise Above It as its charitable recipient of its February 27th BAR WARS. $800 was raised from the event! The event brought in a number of new faces and names which we hope will continue to support the cause. With more than 800 locations worldwide, T.G.I.Fridays is one of many supporters. We hope that with this exposure will spread the knowledge of Rise Above It and encourage involvement in the organization. The proceeds will be used to directly support cancer patients and their families as they continue to fight the devastating disease.

Special thanks to T.G.I.Fridays, Jackie Anderson and Madeline VanAlmen for selecting RAI as recipient.

4th Annual Super Bowl Benefit

February 4, 2007

Thanks again to all of you who helped make this year’s Super Bowl benefit a huge success! Another amazing turnout is evidence of the growing network of individuals and organizations putting forth great effort in the fight against cancer.

At full capacity, the venue was rich with smiles, laughter, and nothing but good times – a genuine tribute to our founder, Colin O’Donoghue.

100% of the event proceeds will be used to make a positive impact on the lives of young adult cancer patients. RAI provides grants and personal consultation to individuals and families with immediate needs in their fight. Through financial assistance and personal attention, RAI instills a positive attitude within its recipients, thus allowing them to live each day with faith and a fighting spirit.

RAI has been incorporated for less than a year. This is only the beginning: Our commitment to fighting cancer will not yield. Continued collaboration with affiliate organizations and dedicated volunteers will enable the advancement of RAI. By adopting the same positive and courageous attitude Colin so artfully embodied, RAI will never give up,… we will stand strong in the fight long into the future.

Special thanks to the 2007 Event Committee and to volunteers who made it all possible… your enthusiasm and support is amazing!


Rise Above It Awarded Accenture’s 2006 Volunteer Service Award

Accenture named Rise Above It (RAI) for the Denver area location 2006 Accenture Volunteer Service Award.

A local selection committee chose RAI from many qualified nominees in Denver, as the award recipient for its outstanding work in the Non-Profit community. In honor of this recognition, Accenture contributed a $1,000 to RAI.

In small and large ways every day, Accenture people are at work in our communities, improving life for others and in so doing advancing Accenture's stated interest in corporate citizenship. RAI is very proud of this accomplishment. Our name was included in a US-wide memo recognizing all of Accenture's 2006 Volunteer Service Award winners.

OSU vs. Michigan Cancer Walk

November 18, 2006

On Saturday November 18, Rise Above It (RAI) and the Ironwood Café hosted the first annual Ohio State vs. Michigan cancer walk.

Friends and supporters met at the Ironwood for a one mile walk through Bay Village, then back to Ironwood to celebrate the best rivalry in all of sports. This year’s game was another nail biter with an OSU victory to solidify another Buckeye appearance in BCS championship game.

60 walkers and a handful of other O-State Buckeye fans were in attendance; with all proceeds going toward the fight against cancer.

Rise Above It looks forward to working with the Ironwood in future years to grow this event!