Letter: Results of Jasonâ€™s Hogfan Party 2010
Hi Friends, family and all who made The Friends of Jason Gould ‘s 2nd annual fundraiser for leukemia and lymphoma research another great success.
Jason’s Hogfan Party 2010 was Saturday, Sept. 11.
I thought I would let you know that we have raised $23,000 to date. We will be sending a check to Dr. Rob Baiocchi at Ohio State University’s Cancer research center. Dr. Rob spoke once again at Jason’s Hogfan Party on Sept. 11 at the St. Charles Moose and explained how he oversees every penny of your donation and exactly where your money is going.
Dr. Rob told us that he has listed The Friends of Jason Gould Foundation of St. Charles, Illinois, as one of the private organizations whose donations are supporting his lifesaving research. The research project he was working on is considered “high risk” research. This means that not enough people die from this particular disease or complication, and the NIH (National Institute of Health) and the National Cancer Society will not spend money on it because of the cuts in cancer research this past couple of years. So, that means that all of you who donated last year actually have saved some lives in the past year because of Dr. Rob Baiocchi and his team and their research. Everyone at Jason’s Hogfan Party just thought this was amazing to hear an actual research scientist tell us about some people who are alive because of us.
The vaccine to prevent Epstein Barr virus (which is what caused Jason’s lymphomaâ€”yep, viruses can cause cancer) is now heading for transplant centers, clinical trials and FDA approval. Dr. Rob and Ohio have recently partnered with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and a pharmaceutical company to manufacture the first EBV vaccine of its kind. This vaccine could have saved Jason and will soon be given to everyone needing a transplant or whose immune system has been compromised because of cancer treatment.
I know that many of you donated to this year’s event and we are all grateful. If you came to the pig roast, you know we gave away a 32-inch flat screen TV, a bike donated by the Bike Rack of St. Charles, a Nintendo DSi donated by Sharon Trube, and the 2010 American Doll of the year donated by American Girl Corp.
Everyone just raved about how much fun they had, how well the event was run, and most walked away with some raffle items from our almost 200 choices, including great restaurant gift certificates, Cubs and White Sox tickets and so many more wonderful donated items. Thanks to all of you who donated these items.
If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so. It just makes me so thrilled every time I go to the post office or hear that “plunk” from a Paypal donation. All donations are tax deductible because we are a 501c3 non-profit organization and recognized by the IRS.
We will be sending our money to Ohio in a couple of weeks, so please help increase the amount by making a $10, $25 or more donation. I will appreciate it, all of Jason’s friends, family and the amazing committee for the Hogfan Party will appreciate it.
Jason Gould wanted to raise money so that others might survive, and now we are all doing it for him. Please join us.
Jason’s Hogfan Party 2011 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the St. Charles Moose.
Friends of Jason Gould Inc