The Spencer Grace Foundation officially kicked-off with a fun, family event at Rodgers' Farm. Thank you to our sponsors NB&C LLC, Rodgers' Farm, Seigel, Tully and Furrer LLC and Miss Shirley's. And thanks to all who attended! - October 2015
Sunday, May 21, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am
5407 Roland Ave Baltimore, MD 21210
Register at Charm City Run - http://www.charmcityrun.com/calendar/2017/5/21/race-for-spencer-grace
The Spencer Grace Foundation and Gilman School invite everyone to participate in our 3rdAnnual Strides for Spencer. This is a 2-mile run/walk and 100% of proceeds from the event will support pediatric brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Last year’s race raised over $8,000 and we are hoping to build on that this year.
We hope you can join us to celebrate Spencer’s life, raise awareness, and support necessary research to help other children and families facing this disease.
**New in 2017 – due to the number of people wanting to show support, but unable to make past events, we are opening a virtual race. Register as a virtual racer and we will mail your t-shirts if requested. If you are requesting a shirt, you must register by May 1st! Just remember to show your spirit and tag us in any Facebook photos!
During the spring of 2015, Gilman student Tommy Diehl selflessly organized this fun run in support of his track coach with the help of his teammates. Tommy and his family continue to support this annual event beyond his Gilman career, playing an instrumental role in the fight against pediatric cancer.
$30 - Race Registration – registrants before May 1st will receive race t-shirt. We cannot guarantee shirts for those who register after this date.
$10 – Children 10 years and under. (2 years and under free) - registrants before May 1st will receive race t-shirt. We cannot guarantee shirts for those who register after this date.
$30 - Virtual Racer w/ T-shirt – be sure to add mailing address on registration
$10 – Virtual Racer NO T-shirt
T-shirt sizes – Youth SM (6-8), MD (10-12), LG (14-16). Adult Unisex SM, MD, LG, XL
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
8:30am Walk-up Registration
9:00am – Kid’s Fun Run
9:30am – 2 Mile Run/Walk
Post-race celebrations with refreshments, face painting, balloons, bake sale and raffle for a new iPad Pro!
Gilman School – Registration tent and Start/Finish line will be behind the middle school, near athletic fields. Parking – lower lots off of Northern Parkway or Roland Ave.
A special thank you to the Diehl family, Gilman and Charm City Run for their continued support and efforts in organizing this event!!
Updates & Thank yous!
In honor of pediatric cancer awareness month, we wanted to update everyone on the Spencer Grace Foundation (SGF) and the research we’ve been supporting.
First and foremost, an enormous THANK YOU to all who have made donations and contributed to the SGF since we began operating last September. We are humbled by your continued generosity, commitment to our cause, and dedication to the memory of our hero, Spencer Grace Tully. Since Spencer's passing in January 2015, your support through her memorial fund and SGF has contributed over $45,000 to research for pediatric brain tumors. Be sure to click on the below links to learn about the exciting progress with this research!
On May 21, 2016, we held the second annual “Strides for Spencer” race at the Gilman School. Despite a lot rain and cold, we had a wonderful turnout and many braved the elements to make the day a success. Special thanks to: (1) our corporate sponsors—Howard Bank Mortgage, Miss Shirley’s Café, Siegel Tully & Furrer LLP, Pivot Physical Therapy, McQuade Consulting, Clapp Communications, and New Line Title & Escrow; (2) Tommy Diehl and Charm City Run for organizing the race; (3) Gilman for hosting us; and (4) our many selfless volunteers. Together, this event raised $8,500 for pediatric brain cancer research! Thank you to all!
We are also extremely pleased to report that on September 6, 2016, SGF made an additional contribution of $18,000 in support of Dr. Eric Raabe's lab at Johns Hopkins. These funds will be used for continued research of new treatments for recurring high risk medulloblastoma—Spencer’s disease. On September 2nd, Dr. Raabe and his team hosted members of SGF’s Board and provided an in-depth tour of the lab and tutorial on the status of his research. We posted a few photos of our meeting below.
And we are extremely excited to report that Dr. Raabe’s research was recently published and has led to phase I clinical trials of new treatments that are being administered in conjunction with the international organization, the Children’s Oncology Group. SGF was formally recognized as a contributor in the published paper and again during a presentation of the findings in London. A link to the publications can be found here: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/stem_cells_may_speed_up_screening_of_drugs_for_rare_cancers
Dr. Raabe and his team are doing some amazing things in this field and we feel privileged to be partnered with them.
While we are extremely pleased with these successes, there is much more that must be done to develop and implement new and safer treatments for children with brain tumors. Funding continues to be scarce and new cases are diagnosed every day. SGF remains dedicated to helping the medical community find better treatment options to find a cure for children suffering from these diseases. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness, we ask you to please consider making a donation to the Spencer Grace Foundation or another Childhood Cancer organizations so together we can find a cure!
SGF is in the midst of planning our fall event which will be held on October 30th. Mark your calendars - More information will be coming soon!
Reflecting on 2015
2015 was a devastating year for us due to the loss of our three year-old daughter, Spencer Grace, to cancer. Despite our grief, we decided to use Spencer's story and brave example as a means of helping other children diagnosed with brain tumors, and raising awareness of the challenges currently facing the pediatric oncology community. The research was not there to save our daughter, but with the support of The Spencer Grace Foundation and other like charities, it is our hope that future children facing these terrible diagnoses will have treatments available to them to ensure a full and healthy life.
We are tremendously proud to share that throughout 2015, with Spencer's memorial fund and money raised by The Spencer Grace Foundation, we have surpassed $38,000 for research. These funds are currently being used to further the study of recurrent medulloblastoma and new treatment options at Johns Hopkins. We are even more excited to report that the research conducted to date with one new drug has shown such progress that Johns Hopkins is planning to begin a clinical trial. It is a big step to transition research from the lab to clinical trial. So, we, along with the dedicated doctors and researchers working to beat this disease, are very hopeful. There is still a long way to go, but we are one step closer to helping children like Spencer obtain the future they deserve.
This progress would not have been possible without ALL OF YOU!!! Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, for your ongoing support and for preserving the memory of our beautiful daughter in this way. Because of YOU, we are making a difference!
News and Events....
Fall Event at Rodgers Farm - Sunday, October 30th 10am-1pm
Sponsored by Network Building & Consulting, LLC
Come join us for our 2nd annual fall event at Rodgers Farm on Sunday, October 30th from 10am to 1pm! The Spencer Grace Foundation is happy to partner with Rodgers Farm to host this event. Tickets will include admission to the farm (farm animals, hay ride, corn maze, mini maze, corn sandbox....fun for ALL ages) as well as face painting, balloon art, crafts, games and light snacks. Food and other refreshments will be available for sale by the farm. www.rodgersfarms.com
Purchase tickets in advance and check-in at the Foundation table upon arrival. You may also pay at the gate (cash only). Spread the word...invite your family/friends....and of course, costumes are always welcomed!!
We had a wonderful turn out last year and hope everyone will come out for some fall fun while supporting a great cause!!
MORE INFO: PURCHASE HERE:
Thank you PayPal for awarding The Spencer Grace Foundation a $1,500 grant to help fund research!
- December 2015