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Tinis for the Tinies – A Huge Success!

July 1st, 2011 by jnedley

To the more than sixty in attendance at Olivor Twist for ‘Tinis for the Tinies and to the many others who supported the event by purchasing tickets for the Package Raffle or the Grid Game:


We worked extremely hard to make ‘Tinis for the Tinies a quality event, and your generosity made it one of our most successful yet.

Three of the lovely ladies in attendance smile for our camera.

We raised approximately $3,000 to purchase toys and entertainment for children hospitalized for cancer treatment; food, fuel and parking for their families; and corpus for our endowment, which will provide continuing support for research into treatments for childhood cancer.

Thanks, also, to what seems like an endless list of prize donors, especially Lori Benseler, Mary Ellen Miller and Lynn Oplinger, for their remarkable generosity.

Special thanks to Todd Strauss and to the staff at Olivor Twist for sharing their incredible menu with us and for outstanding service.

Finally, special thanks to our Board of Directors — Sherry Gavanditti, Gregg Gorzelle, Michelle Miller, and Laura Navarro — for their many hours of help.

A complete list of prize winners is below:

The Mini Raffle

1. Children’s Party from Playground World: Erich and Ginger Burnett

2. Handmade quilt (donated by Mary Ellen Miller): Jenifer Burdecki

We pause during our remarks to soak up some applause.

3. Deluxe Gift Basket from Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa: Cheryl Miller

4. Tickets to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: Jenifer Burdecki

5. Beach Bag from Thirty-One: Joanne Galitto

6. Doggie Gift Basket: Jennifer Kempton

7. One-Hour Massage at Home from Andy Bania, LMT: Jennifer Kempton

The Package Raffle

1. “I Love the Snow” (snow tubing at Boston Mills/Brandywine, lift tickets at Alpine Valley): Jenifer Burdecki

Sherry Gavanditti and Michelle Miller, two of our fantastic Board members, selling squares for the Grid Game.

2. “The Ultimate Cleveland Sports Package” (tickets to Indians, Gladiators, Monsters and Captains; items autographed by Browns and Cavaliers): Beth Silver

3. “Pamper Me” (cleaning from Molly Maid, tanning at TNT Tanning, massage from Andy Bania, manicure/pedicure at Michael Christopher Salon): Laura Fenton

4. “Date Night” (tickets to Cleveland Orchestra, dinner at Pickle Bill’s Lobster House): Andy Bania

5. “The Sandusky Getaway” (admissions to Cedar  Point, Great Wolf Lodge, African Safari Wildlife Park): Tim Jackson

6. “The Ultimate Children’s Summer Fun Pack” (admissions to The Children’s Museum of Cleveland and The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The Rainforest, one-year membership to The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, gift certificate to Portrait Innnovations): Larry Wesbecher

Olivor Twist donated a portion of sales to The Carter Nedley Foundation. So we made sure to keep them pretty busy.

Finally, congratulations to Benita Munger, winner of our Grid Game.  Benita will receive one week’s rental of a 1,250-square-foot, fully equipped condominium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Our most gracious thanks, again, for all your love and support.  You give us the strength to do the good work which keeps alive the memory of our beloved son’s courageous life.

The Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk

June 11th, 2011 by jnedley

CNF Board members Michelle Miller and Gregg Gorzelle joined us at the Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk.

It was an amazing day for The Carter Nedley Foundation at the second annual Northeast Ohio CureSearch Walk, held last Saturday at Wade Oval on University Circle.

The Walk raised more than $49,000 for the Children’s Oncology Group, the worldwide network of physicians, nurses, and scientists whose collaboration, research, and care have turned childhood cancer from a disease thought virtually incurable to nearly 80 percent curable.

Our team, “Carter’s Crew,” contributed more than $2,200, earning us a spot among the walk’s top five teams!

We also registered 34 new potential donors for the Gift of Life bone-marrow donor registry.

Grandma Karlene and our friend Ellen Lotz register some new potential marrow donors at the "Carter's Crew" tent.

Thanks to Gregg Gorzelle, Michelle Miller, and Laura Navarro, three of our incredible Board members, for their support of our efforts.

Thanks, also, to everyone who came to walk for “Carter’s Crew” or to help set up, tear down, join the registry, or just to plain support us: Grandma KarleneKimberley Gillan-ShafronEllen LotzCheryl MillerJim, Katie and Nick SorensonLarry WesbecherTerry and Lorna WalshJessica Webster; and anyone else whose name we may have forgotten.

One set of special thanks go to our friends at Menorah Park and  The Cleveland Museum of Natural History for their support of our fundraising efforts.

Finally, a second set of special thanks go to Steve Crowley, who chaired the Walk (and whose team, “Team Olivia,” was the Walk’s top fundraiser, with more than $8,600), and to Azalea Candelaria, National Director of Field Management at CureSearch, for their many hours of hard work organizing this incredible event.  We look forward to participating for many years to come.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 21st, 2011 by jnedley

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

May 15th, 2011 by jnedley

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

May 8th, 2011 by jnedley

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!

May 1st, 2011 by jnedley

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.

Tinis for the Tinies!

March 27th, 2011 by jnedley

Join us at Tinis for the Tinies, our martini-night fundraiser, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Olivor Twist in downtown Willoughby.

Attendees will enjoy a hearty sampling of the kitchen’s gourmet hors d’oeuvres and two drinks of their choice (beer, wine, liquor, or any from among Olivor Twist’s more than 40 different martinis).

Added to the menu for the evening will be six signature martinis, including “The Cartini” and “The Carterita.” Olivor Twist will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of these drinks to The Carter Nedley Foundation.

We’ll also raffle off another collection of fabulous prizes, hold a restaurant-wide 50-50 raffle, and introduce you to our newest, fastest toy, “The Big Wheel” (which means even more fabulous prizes)!

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50.  The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, June 19, or when tickets are sold out, whichever comes first.

All proceeds will benefit The Carter Nedley Foundation.

More information about the event, including secure online ticket purchase through PayPal, can be found by clicking here.

We’ll also be soliciting our supporters and local businesses for prize donations.  Your donations may be tax-deductible as in-kind charitable contributions.  For more information, please contact Lisa at (440) 946-0807 or by e-mail.

Thank you, as always, for all your support.  We hope to see you at Tinis for the Tinies!

Carter’s CREW

March 6th, 2011 by jnedley

Last month we made a trip to the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit of The Cleveland Clinic to bring smiles to the families whose lives have been disrupted so severely by their child’s treatment.

We left the Clinic feeling good that our chocolates, toys, and parking passes had done just that.  We’ve been on the other side, after all, and know from experience how great it feels to be acknowledged.

But we left knowing, also, that these families need so much more.

They need help meeting simple living expenses such as food, fuel, and parking because their incomes have been compromised.  Much of what used to cover these expenses is now directed to their child’s medical care.

They need help keeping their child entertained while he or she undergoes difficult and painful courses of treatment.  They can’t take their child to the toy store or to the movies or even outside a hospital room because he or she is too weak or because his or her immune system is suppressed.

And, most importantly, they need to know that everything possible is being done to help maximize their child’s chance of being cured.  They need to know that clinical trials are not being curtailed or shut down because funding is short.  They need their hopes to become real.

Knowing all this, we ask ourselves the question: Can’t we do more?

We believe now that the answer is YES.  But we need your help.

The Carter Nedley Foundation is now a public charity exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  That’s really just a fancy way of saying that your donations are now tax-deductible.

And now, knowing how much families affected by childhood cancer in Northeast Ohio can use your help and knowing, also, that helping us can benefit you, we hope that you’ll consider making The Carter Nedley Foundation part of your plans for charitable giving.

We’re proud to announce that we have launched an annual fund, which we’re calling Carter’s CREW.

By making a contribution or by pledging their support, CREW members show their commitment to helping us realize our vision to improve the quality of life for children affected by cancer, to provide needed financial support to their families, and to support research into treatments for childhood cancer.

You can learn more about Carter’s CREW by clicking here, or by clicking on the alphabet-block logo at the top right of this post.

Thank you, as always, for supporting the mission of The Carter Nedley Foundation.

Valentine’s Day: Treats for the Tots!

February 20th, 2011 by jnedley

Our good buddy Ethan loved his new truck.

The month of January was a busy one for The Carter Nedley Foundation.  We recruited two new members to our Board of Directors, we met with the Board to plan our schedule of events for the year, and we received our letter from the IRS granting us 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (more on that later).

But with a new month — February — comes a favorite holiday.  And on Valentine’s Day, we didn’t want our friends at The Cleveland Clinic to forget how much we love them.

Lisa, ever the master candy maker, molded chocolates in heart and teddy-bear shapes.  She then wrapped each chocolate individually, and decorated them with pink ribbons and glittery heart stickers.

Jason then filled a duffle bag with the chocolates and headed for the Clinic — but not before making an unscheduled stop at an area toy store!

Upon arrival at the Clinic, Jason also bought a few packs of parking vouchers.   He passed out the chocolates and parking vouchers to the families in the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit.  He then let each child in the unit pick a toy from the duffle bag.  The families and Clinic staff all were very grateful for these gestures.

Best wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day from The Carter Nedley Foundation.

We’re Going the Distance!

February 2nd, 2011 by jnedley

Last year, The Carter Nedley Foundation was well-represented at the CureSearch Walk and Light the Night.

We’ll be back at each of those wonderful events this year, too.  But to continue to raise awareness of the need for more private sources of research funding for pediatric cancer and to spread the word of our good works, we’re going to go the extra mile. (Like, literally.)

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon as a Charity Partner.

Additional details will be forthcoming, but, in the meantime, we’d love you to consider joining us on the course.  The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, May 15.  You can click here to register for the marathon, half-marathon (join Jason!), the 10k, and the 5k.

And if you register, remember to enter one of the following “Charity Codes”:

1) “2011CNF” for the marathon and half-marathon; or

2) “CNFTRACK” for the 10k and 5k.

Using the Charity Code for the marathon and half-marathon also is good for discounts of $10 and $5, respectively.

Please let us know, also, if you plan to participate.  We’d like to recognize everyone who wants to run, walk, volunteer, or just plain show up to cheer in honor of our son.