Archive for May, 2010

The Carter Nedley Golf Classic

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

We have scheduled the first Carter Nedley Golf Classic for noon on Saturday, September 25 at Black Brook Golf Course in Mentor, Ohio.

There are four ways to participate:

1) Join us on the course. Players receive eighteen holes of golf with a cart, two drink tickets, a clubhouse lunch before the outing, and a catered cookout dinner (steak or chicken) at the finish. Prizes will be awarded to the winning foursome and to the individuals with the longest drive and longest putt. Foursomes are priced at $400 (discounted to $380 if paid before September 3).

2) Volunteer. The Carter Nedley Golf Classic is the Foundation’s signature event this year. Planning and executing a quality golf outing requires a team of dedicated volunteers. Please e-mail Lisa at lisa@carternedley.org if you would like to help before or on the day of the outing.

3) Sponsor a hole. For $125, the Foundation will display a sign with your company name and logo. Your business also will receive recognition in the outing program. Finally, we will promote your business on our website, carternedley.org, for one year.

4) Donate a prize. Please consider making a donation of your goods or services for the players of the Carter Nedley Golf Classic. Your business will receive recognition in the outing program, also, and promotion on the website. Like a hole sponsorship, it is an excellent way to promote your business and to show your support.

To register a foursome or to purchase a sponsorship, please complete and return the registration form, along with your payment. We encourage you to take advantage of the discount for early registration, and to consider, also, that space may be limited.

Please feel free, also, to e-mail jason@carternedley.org or to call us at (440) 725-5118 with any questions or suggestions you may have.

All proceeds from registrations and sponsorships will benefit The Carter Nedley Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is 1) to serve children in Northeast Ohio affected by cancer, along with their families; 2) to raise funds for pediatric cancer research; and 3) to advocate for issues relevant to the treatment of pediatric cancer.

We thank you all for your continued support of the mission of The Carter Nedley Foundation, and look forward to your participation in the Carter Nedley Golf Classic.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

It was a big weekend for The Carter Nedley Foundation. Saturday we climbed out of bed early to join more than 500 people for a walk around University Circle which raised more than $45,000 for CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation.

We got up even earlier on Sunday. Lucky for us this time, not nearly as much exercise was required. It was Mother’s Day, after all, and we had deliveries to make.

We brought three dozen bagels, cream cheese, and coffee from Panera Bread to the families of the pediatric oncology unit at The Cleveland Clinic. We also brought Panera’s baked-egg souffles for the nurses and staff. Lisa made a small box of chocolate truffles for each of the moms, and we left a box full of small toys and games for the kids.

Our thanks to the Panera Bread at Points East Plaza in Mentor for their most kind donation of the bagels, cream cheese, baked-egg souffles, and coffee. And our best wishes to all mothers of children fighting illness. Your love keeps your child strong, and truly inspires us all.

The CureSearch Walk

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

After Carter passed away, we asked everyone whose life he had touched to consider making a donation to support CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. We soon started receiving cards almost daily from CureSearch, identifying those who made a gift in memory of our beloved son. Our thanks to everyone for supporting this wonderful organization.

For those of you who may not know, CureSearch 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.

Nearly 80 percent of CureSearch’s budget comes from grants and Federal funding. But increases to current levels of funding are unlikely, according to this recent story from The Plain Dealer. So CureSearch has begun seeking means to augment the support it receives from private and nongovernmental sources.

The Plain Dealer story features Steven Crowley, who lost his daughter, Olivia, to cancer in 2005. He and his wife, Cynthia, are lobbying for increased allocations of Federal money. But they’re also dedicated fundraisers. And today, they were co-chairs of the Cleveland CureSearch Walk, which attracted more than 500 people — including a contingent from The Carter Nedley Foundation — to Cleveland Botanical Gardens to celebrate pediatric cancer survivors and to remember those lost to this terrible affliction.

We spoke briefly to Gregory Plautz, one of the doctors who treated Carter at The Cleveland Clinic. He told us this year was the first the event was held in Cleveland. Surely it won’t be the last — according to this report from WEWS, the Cleveland CureSearch Walk raised more than $45,000.

The embedded video, also from WEWS, starts with an interview with Mr. Crowley. But keep watching — you might catch a glimpse of three familiar faces wearing “Carter’s Crew” t-shirts.