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Archive for May, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

When a child is hospitalized for cancer treatment, one or both parents often become the child’s full-time bunkmate(s).  For any loving parent, the decision to live in a hospital with your child is a no-brainer, naturally; but few parents who have not done it understand how difficult life inside a hospital can be.  Very quickly, the little things come to mean a lot.

So, on Mother’s Day, we wanted to bring something which we hoped would mean a lot to all the moms in the pediatric-oncology unit at The Cleveland Clinic.

We found a willing partner in Au Bon Pain, which opened an incredible store at the Clinic in 2009.  Au Bon Pain graciously donated a hefty spread of coffee, orange juice, bagels, cream cheese, and other assorted pastries for a Mother’s Day Breakfast.

We carted our buffet up to the Clinic’s pediatric-oncology unit, and laid it out nicely on a large table the unit’s medical staff set out for us (thanks so much to them for the assist).  We then gave each mom a Mother’s Day card, each of which contained a gift card from Giant Eagle.   As usual, we brought toys and games for the children, too.  And we spent some time visiting with each of the families while they loaded their plates and cheerfully cleaned them.

Thanks to Laura Navarro, one of our fantastic board members, for coordinating the donation of food from Au Bon Pain.

And Happy Mother’s Day, moms.  We hope you enjoyed our visit as much as we did.  Your love and strength are an inspiration to us all.

The 2nd Annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Last year we held the first Carter Nedley Golf Classic so that you, our friends and supporters, could enjoy a great day on a beautiful course while helping us to support the mission of The Carter Nedley Foundation.

You came through.  “The Carter,” as we came to call it, was well-attended, received tremendous support from the local business community, and was a notable success.

So we’re bringing it back — and we hope that you’ll be back, too, to continue helping us to serve families affected by childhood cancer and to fund research into treatments so that every child has the best possible chance for a cure.

We’re proud to announce that the second annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic has been scheduled for noon on Saturday, August 20 at Black Brook Golf Course in Mentor, Ohio.

Players receive eighteen holes of golf with a cart, a clubhouse lunch, a catered steak dinner, drinks, a $10 gift certificate to Golf Galaxy, a gift, and more.  They also can participate in two fun and exciting contests new to the event this year:

1. “The Marsh-Mulligan,” whereby players can tee off on a marshmallow at the tenth hole for a chance to drop two strokes from their team’s final score; and

2. “The Putt-Off,” the ultimate test of one’s mastery of the green.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning foursome, to the players with the longest drive and longest putt, and to the winner of “The Putt-Off.”

Foursomes are priced at $400 ($500 after August 1).  A dinner-only option is also available for $35 ($45 after August 1).

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

In addition, we are 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 August 1).

For more information about “The Carter,” including online registration, visit The Carter Nedley Golf Classic page.  Feel free, also, to contact us at any time.

The Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Last year The Carter Nedley Foundation was well-represented at the first-ever Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.  The walk attracted more than 500 participants to University Circle, and raised more than $45,000.  (You can read about our experience at last year’s walk here.)

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.

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, June 4 at University Circle/Wade Oval.

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 $1,000.

Finally, we will be registering 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.  (Click here for a copy of the wonderful flyer they’ve assembled for us.)

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

Hoppy Easter!

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Our new pal Adam poses for a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Holidays can be among the most difficult days for a family to spend inside a hospital.  That’s why it’s so important that we do everything we can to recognize them for the inspirations that they are.

Carter spent his second (and, as it turned out, his last) Easter Sunday recovering from a third round of inpatient chemotherapy at The Cleveland Clinic.  Still, we did our best to give him the same Easter we would have had we been at home.  We filled his basket with toys and his first chocolate bunny.  We even bought him a set of goofy bunny ears that he seemed to like more when one of his parents wore them, instead.  (Even a seventeen-month-old has some pride, we guess.)   All these brought some precious smiles and the moments of playfulness that we miss so much every day.

Last week we tried to bring some of the same to the children of the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit at The Cleveland Clinic.   Lisa filled a bunch of beautiful Easter baskets with jellybeans, M&Ms, and some of her famous homemade chocolate bunnies.  She mixed in some toys, also, including plastic eggs filled with stickers and bottles of bubbles (two of Carter’s favorites).   Then, along with Laura Navarro, one of our fantastic board members, we delivered the baskets, and spent some time visiting with the children and their families.

"I'm not so sure about these, Pop...."

Jason donned those same old goofy bunny ears, and, after some good-natured prodding by Clinic staff, even hopped down the hallway a little.  (Guess that proves that age is not necessarily synonymous with wisdom.)

We hope you all had a very Happy Easter.  Thank you, as always, for your support.  And thanks again to the children and families at The Cleveland Clinic — you all are the reason that we do what we do.