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The 2012 Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Last year The Carter Nedley Foundation was well-represented at the second Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.

We finished as one of the walk’s top five fundraising teams – contributing more than $2,200 to the total of nearly $51,000 – and registered more than 30 new potential bone-marrow donors for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.

For those of you who don’t know, CureSearch (known, also, as CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation) raises private research funds for the Children’s Oncology Group, a worldwide network of more than 5,000 physicians, nurses, and scientists whose collaboration, research and care have turned childhood cancer from a disease thought virtually incurable to nearly 80 percent curable.

CNF Board members Michelle Miller and Gregg Gorzelle joined us at last year's Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.

Currently, more than two-thirds of CureSearch’s budget is derived from Federal grants.  However, Congress is considering a significant cut — perhaps as much as ten percent — to current levels of funding, of which childhood cancers already receive less than three percent.  So, to keep clinical trials open, increased funding from private sources is needed.

And The Carter Nedley Foundation is ready to help.

We are proud to announce that we again are participating in The Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk, scheduled for the morning of Saturday, September 29 on Wade Oval at University Circle.

Please click here to access our team page, where you can join “Carter’s Crew” either live at the event or as a “Virtual Walker” (which means you can participate without having to attend).  You can click on the CureSearch Walk logo above, also, to reach the “Carter’s Crew” team page. Registration is just $10.

The Carter Nedley Foundation is proud to announce, also, that it is making a separate gift to CureSearch in the amount of $1,500.

Finally, we again will be registering potential new donors for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, an associate registry for The National Marrow Donor Program.  Joining the registry is free, and requires only a painless cheek swab.

We hope to see you at this year’s Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.

Miracles at the Museum

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Join us for Miracles at the Museum, our gala fundraiser this year, on Friday, June 8 at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Attendees will enjoy exclusive, after-hours access to the Museum’s famous collections, including its popular new temporary exhibit, Mythic Creatures. They also will enjoy a sampling of delectable hors d’oeuvres catered by A Taste of Excellence, drinks, live music, free parking, and chances to win an array of fabulous prizes, including a Kindle, four one-day passes to Walt Disney World, and a week’s rental of a 1,250-square-foot condominium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!

For more information, including secure online registration through PayPal, visit our Miracles at the Museum page (or click on the logo at the top of this post).

SAVE THE DATE: The 3rd Annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season, and that this message finds you doing well.

We’re writing today to share some great news: The third annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic has been scheduled for Saturday, August 18 at Little Mountain Country Club in Concord, Ohio.

Opened in 2000, Little Mountain twice has hosted the Ohio Open and is a recipient of Golf Digest‘s prestigious five-star rating.  The course’s bentgrass and Kentucky Bluegrass tees, fairways and greens meander through Concord’s gently rolling hills, and are lined with eighty sand bunkers along nearly eight miles of uninterrupted concrete cart paths.  Each hole is maintained at tournament conditions,utilizing the newest technology in irrigation and derogation systems.  Finally, each hole at Little Mountain has four tees, proving the course to be fun and challenging for players of all skill levels.

The Carter Nedley Foundation is very grateful that Little Mountain has agreed to host the Carter Nedley Golf Classic this year.  We hope that you’ll save Saturday, August 18 on your calendars, and will make plans to join us for what promises to be our most exciting outing yet!

UPDATE: Registration for the outing is OPEN!  Check out the Carter Nedley Golf Classic page for all the details!

Holiday Bake Sale 2011

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

It’s been an incredible year for The Carter Nedley Foundation.

We’ve continued to serve our families with love, providing more toys, more parking passes and gift cards, and more meals and goodies.  We finished as one of the top fundraising teams at The Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.  Finally, our two fundraising events, ‘Tinis for the Tinies and The Carter Nedley Golf Classic, were tremendous successes.  We’ve now raised nearly $25,000 to fund research into treatments for childhood cancer.

We can’t thank you enough for your love and support.

But we’ve still got two months to go, and we’re not through yet.  Building on the success of last year’s Holiday Bake Sale, we’re donning our aprons again this year to bring you another pair of finely decorated, yummy gift boxes of cookies which we’ll deliver happily to your door!

Our cookies make great holiday munchies to share with friends and family.  They make fantastic gifts, too.  And because all proceeds support our mission to serve children and families affected by childhood cancer and to fund research into treatments for childhood cancer, you can enjoy our cookies knowing that you’ve truly made a difference.

You also may purchase either of our cookie gift boxes to donate to the patients and families in the pediatric-oncology unit at The Cleveland Clinic.

For more information, please visit our Holiday Bake Sale page.  Thank you, again, for all your support.

The 2nd Annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

To everyone who participated in the second annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic, whether by joining us on the beautiful course at Black Brook, by joining us for dinner, by sponsoring a hole, by donating a prize, or by volunteering their time:

THANK YOU.

We worked very hard to make The Carter Nedley Golf Classic a quality event, one that we hope you’ll continue to support in the years to come.

Thanks, also, to all members of our local media who helped to promote the event and to spread word of our mission and our achievements.

Our winning foursome — and repeat champions of The Carter Nedley Golf Classic — were Mason Goodman, Bryce Goodman, Dave Zimmer, and Zack Koinis.  Each member of the team received a trophy, a $20 bonus certificate to Golf Galaxy, and a free round of golf from Black Brook.  They edged the foursome of Jason Ice, Jared Klaus, Jake Roelen and Jim Sorenson, who finished just two strokes back, thanks to a two-stroke boost for winning “The Marsh-Mulligan.”

Mark Burdecki was our Longest Drive champion this year, and Jared Klaus our Longest Putt champion.  Mark and Jared each received a trophy and a $20 bonus certificate to Golf Galaxy.

Bryce Goodman also won “The Putt-Off,” placing his ball just 10 3/4″ from the hole.  He received $50 gift cards from Golf Galaxy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Arrabiata’s Italian Restaurant.  Laura Navarro finished a close second, at 11 1/2″.  She received a $250 automobile-detailing package from Jeff’s Garage.

Each player received a $10 bonus certificate from Golf Galaxy, a three-pack of golf balls, and a stainless steel Carter Nedley Foundation travel mug.

We plan to announce a date and location soon for the third annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic.  We hope that we can count on your support again next year.

Our Summer Toy Drive with FUNdamentals!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

The kids at FUNdamentals sold baked goods to raise money to buy toys for a new pediatric oncology playroom at The Cleveland Clinic.

In many ways, the template for the mission of The Carter Nedley Foundation was laid for us by the wonderful people at Menorah Park and at FUNdamentals, Menorah Park’s fantastic child-care center.

In February 2009, after Carter’s first round of chemotherapy at The Cleveland Clinic, Menorah Park and FUNdamentals organized “Caring for Carter,” a fundraiser for the Nedley family.  The event featured a bake sale, a 50-50 raffle, sales of arts and crafts, and drives for blood donation and marrow-donor registration.  We even got some green silicone bracelets debossed with “Caring for Carter,” which we’ll treasure forever.

About a year later, after Carter passed away, The Menorah Park Foundation established The Carter Nedley Memorial Fund to support the infant room at FUNdamentals.

We’ve never forgotten these very touching gestures, and always will be grateful to the staff of Menorah Park and FUNdamentals for all their support.

But for the support they’ve continued to show The Carter Nedley Foundation, our feelings go way beyond grateful.  When they help us, they’re not just helping one family anymore — they’re helping an entire hospital.

Thanks to Menorah Park and to FUNdamentals for their incredible contribution to our Summer Toy Drive.

Last year Menorah Park and FUNdamentals helped us to supply the patients and families of the Clinic’s pediatric-oncology inpatient unit with more than 200 DVDs for the flashy new players installed in their rooms.

This summer, they went beyond even that.  During a recent visit to the Clinic, we learned that the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit was planning a new playroom, and wanted donations of toys and art supplies to stock it.  So we asked Menorah Park and FUNdamentals if they again wanted to partner with us, this time on a summer toy drive for the Clinic.

They agreed, clearing space for us to set up two large boxes (like, the kind you’d use to ship a dryer) to collect donations.  Soon after, the boxes were filled with baby toys, Barbie dolls, building blocks, board games, crayons, markers, construction paper, and Play-Doh.

Some of the donations came, even, as a result of some hard work from the kids at FUNdamentals, who held a bake sale to raise money to buy toys (see the picture above).  We’re told they raised more than $300.

The Carter Nedley Foundation went on a little shopping spree, too, hoping to match what we got from Menorah Park and FUNdamentals. How do you think we did?

Afterwards, we went on a little shopping spree, adding a heaping trunkful of new baby toys and art supplies to match the haul from Menorah Park and FUNdamentals.

Lucky for us, we drive an SUV with removable back seats.  Otherwise, we might have needed two trips to get everything to the Clinic.

We met the Clinic’s Child Life team curbside at the front doors of the Miller Family Pavilion, and with their help loaded everything onto carts.

A short while later, we received a wonderful thank-you letter from Child Life:

On behalf of the patients, families, and staff at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, I would like to thank you for your donation of toys and crafts for the oncology population…

The Clinic's Child Life staff helps us to unload the donations of toys and crafts for the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit.

The number of toys, games, and crafts your foundation was able to donate to us is amazing.  It has fully stocked the toy cupboards on M50 which will undoubtedly provide hours of entertainment and fun to our patients.

Your support is appreciated more than you can imagine by our staff and by the patients and families we serve.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!

You’re welcome.  Hopefully, we’re just getting started.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s Go Tropical!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

To help us commemorate this year and to support our mission to serve families affected by childhood cancer and to fund research into treatments, Tropical Smoothie at Legacy Village (24389 Cedar Road) graciously has agreed to donate a percentage of sales during the month of September to The Carter Nedley Foundation.

Click for here for a sheet of handbills.  Present one of these when you order from Tropical Smoothie’s delicious menu of smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, and salads, and a percentage of your total will be contributed to our tally for the month.  (And pass the other three handbills to members of your family, your friends, and your co-workers.)

Thanks for your continued support.  Your generosity ensures that we can continue to make a difference.

The Carter Nedley Golf Classic: Final Registration Deadline Sunday, August 14; Early Bird Pricing Still Available!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

To everyone who registered early for the second annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic, scheduled for Saturday, August 20 at Black Brook Golf Course in Mentor:

THANK YOU.

We’re very touched by your support for our mission to serve families in Northeast Ohio affected by childhood cancer and to raise funds for research into treatments for childhood cancer. We’re expecting a record turnout this year!

All early registrants will be entered into our Early Bird Prize Drawing, which will be held during the dinner portion of the event. Prizes include:

1) Two (2) tickets to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum;

2) A $25 gift certificate to Legacy Village; and more!

Not yet registered? It’s not too late to join the fun.

The final registration deadline for The Carter Nedley Golf Classic is Sunday, August 14.

And we want to get even more of you out there on Black Brook’s beautiful course. So we’ve decided to extend the early registration pricing until the final registration date.

That means foursomes for The Carter Nedley Golf Classic will remain priced at $400. Individuals may register, also, for $100, and be matched into a foursome.

Players get eighteen holes of golf with a cart, a clubhouse lunch, a catered steak dinner, drinks, a gift, a $10 gift certificate to Golf Galaxy, and the opportunity to join a pair of unforgettable contests, “The Marsh-Mulligan” and “The Putt-Off.”

A dinner-only option is available, also, for $30.

Hole sponsorships are available for $150, and include signage, recognition at the event and in the event program, and promotion on carternedley.org. Hole sponsors also are permitted to submit promotional materials such as coupons or handbills for inclusion in the event program.

In addition, we’re offering a Gold Ribbon Sponsor package that includes a foursome, a hole sponsorship, and premium recognition at the event and in the event program. Gold Ribbon Sponsor packages are available for $500.

Unable to attend? Show your support by sponsoring a hole or by donating additional prizes for the winning foursome, for the winners of the Longest Drive or Longest Putt contests, or for the winner of “The Putt-Off.” Your donation also may be eligible for a tax deduction as an in-kind contribution.

Don’t wait any longer. Go to the Carter Nedley Golf Classic page and register online, or download a Registration Form.

Join the fun and support a worthwhile cause. Play “The Carter!”

P.S. – Check out the great press we’re getting in The Lake County Gazette and Today’s Family Lake County.  And listen for us later this month on WELW 1330 AM!

Bone Marrow Registry Drive at The Cleveland Clinic

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

One component of the mission of The Carter Nedley Foundation is to advocate for issues relevant to the treatment of pediatric cancer.

We believe the best way to fulfill this component of our mission is to promote and to sponsor drives for blood donation and marrow-donor registration.

We’ve been particularly strong advocates for marrow-donor registration.  Last December we volunteered at the Got Swabbed?” drive in Beachwood.  Then, last month, we partnered with Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation to register more potential donors at the Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.

Our next drive comes right on the heels of the CureSearch Walk, and promises to be our largest yet. We’re proud to announce that we’re partnering with the Group of Aspiring Leaders (GOAL), an organization of young professionals at The Cleveland Clinic, for a four-day marrow-donor registration drive this week on the Clinic campus.

Dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, July 25 — Cleveland Clinic H Cafeteria, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26 — Crile (A) Building Lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27 — Glickman (Q) Building Lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, July 28 — Taussig (R) Building Lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joining the Gift of Life registry is quick, painless (just a few cheek swabs), and free.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like to join the registry but are unable to attend.

Please consider stopping at our table at one of these locations.  You may be able to help save the life of another in need.

UPDATE: We registered nearly 160 new potential donors, making the drive a tremendous success!

Thanks to everyone who helped to organize or to staff the events, including (but not limited to): Kristin Jones, Nehemiah Smith, Jenna Hundorfean, Amanda Maggiotto, Danielle Ringler, Katie Stackhouse, Vince Cruz, Keren Glinert, Brian Lewis, Jennifer Kanaga, and Michelle Miller.  And thanks, as always, to Shayne Pilpel from Gift of Life.

The Carter Nedley Golf Classic: Register Early and Save…and Win, Too!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

We’re just over a month away from the second annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic, scheduled for noon on Saturday, August 20 at Black Brook Golf Course in Mentor, and the buzz already is starting to build.

And we’re not surprised — after all, playing “The Carter” is a great value.  You’ll get eighteen holes of golf with a cart, a clubhouse lunch, a catered steak dinner, drinks, a gift, a $10 gift certificate to Golf Galaxy, and the opportunity to join a pair of unforgettable contests, “The Marsh-Mulligan” and “The Putt-Off.”

But it’s what you’re giving that really makes it so valuable.  You bring happiness to a child bravely fighting a life-threatening illness.  You provide relief to families who may be struggling to make ends meet.  And you support a worldwide network of doctors and researchers working feverishly to make all our hopes real.

Foursomes for The Carter Nedley Golf Classic are priced at $400 ($500 after Monday, August 1). A dinner-only option is available, also, for $35 ($45 after Monday, August 1).

Hole sponsorships are available for $150, and include hole signage, recognition at the event and in the event program, and promotion on carternedley.org.  Hole sponsors also are permitted to submit promotional materials such as coupons or handbills for inclusion in the event program.

In addition, we’re offering a Gold Ribbon Sponsor package that includes a foursome, a hole sponsorship, and premium recognition at the event and in the event program.  Gold Ribbon Sponsor packages are available for $500 ($600 after Monday, August 1).

Register early and you’ll do more than save money.  All players, foursomes, and Gold Ribbon Sponsor foursomes registered by August 1 will be entered into our Early Bird Prize Drawing for a chance to win

1) Two (2) tickets to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum;

2) A $25 gift certificate to Legacy Village; and more!

So don’t wait.  Go to the Carter Nedley Golf Classic page and register online, or download a Registration Form.  Join the fun and support a great cause. Play “The Carter!”