Family Events Update: Spring 2016

Spring brought with it a new season of the races, tournaments, and festivals that help spread the word about the Children’s Brain Tumor Project and raise much-needed funds. Many thanks to the families that host these events, and to the communities that continue to to support them. We could not do our work without you!

Janine Koehler at 7th annual tournamentThe Christian Koehler Foundation got some nice coverage in Newsday for its 2016 Lacrosse Tournament. Chris and Janine Koehler host this event each year in memory of their son, and they have donated a total of more than $40,000 of the proceeds to the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. Our thanks to Chris and Janine, as well as to the players and families who continue to turn out to support us each year.

Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation annual kids' marathonThe Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation hosted the annual kids’ marathon and festival in Brooklyn on June 4. This event supports not only the CBTP but local families with children diagnosed with serious illnesses. We are so grateful to the Boccuzzis for their continued support.

McKenna Claire Foundations' Bootlegger BallAlso on June 4, but on the other side of the country, the McKenna Claire Foundation hosted its annual Party with a Purpose fund-raiser, this time the Bootlegger Ball. We continue to be amazed at how our project has grown from a few researchers working in borrowed lab space to being an international participant in advancing the science, supported by families from coast to coast. We are deeply thankful to Dave and Kristine Wetzel for their support.

Third annual Cheering for CaitlinThe third annual “Cheering for Caitlin” event was bigger than ever this year, with more than 1,000 runners, walkers, and chalk artists participating in Oviedo, Florida, and 150 more taking part from afar. Supporters from coast to coast participated in virtual events—including Dr. Souweidane and family, who participated from Toronto. Now part of the Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation, the event has expanded from the original 5K event in 2014 to a family festival that raised more than $40,000 for the CBTP this year. Many thanks to Denise Downing, Katie and Joni Chandler, and all the many volunteers who give their time to make this event such a success.

Darlene Rodriguez event for the Cristian Rivera FoundationThe Cristian Rivera Foundation raised $20,000 for the Children’s Brain Tumor Project at a cocktail party generously hosted by NBC anchor Darlene Rodriguez and her husband, David. This was the second annual cocktail party, and we are so grateful to Darlene and David, and to John Rivera, for their continued support.