On Sunday, March 5, the BUCK Cancer Foundation held its annual Birthday Bash at Sprout Music Collective in West Chester, PA, which raised over $3,000!! The Walton Marquette Project and The New Locals rocked the house and we auctioned off several fabulous items that were generously donated by the following local merchants and individuals:
Northbrook Canoe Company, Amani's BYOB in Downingtown, Filet of Soul in Downingtown, Philadelphia Eagles, Little Nest Portraits in Collegeville, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Z. Wei Restaurant in Exton, Duling-Kurtz House Restaurant & Country Inn in Exton, Philadelphia Flyers, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, Allstate Insurance: Candy Vigorita, Debra Thierry, Jon Schwartz, Elena Lee and Don Yao!!
Our President Lori Nonnemaker provided a year-end update on the Foundation to the crowd highlighting that in 2016,
1. BUCK awarded its first innovative educational grant to a graduate student in Acupuncture at the Won Institute in Berwyn, PA. We expect to award two more educational grants in 2017 to students pursuing a degree in integrative medicine or a complementary cancer treatment.
2. BUCK raised enough funds to all the Board to approve our first medical research grant in the amount of $3,500. We are currently working with the local research hospitals in the Greater Philadelphia area to identify the right research study and will have more on this coming out shortly.
3. BUCK handed out over 100 warm socks to cancer patients in the Penn Medicine network in both center city Philadelphia and Chester County locations. In 2017, we want to provide water bottles to over 200 cancer patients as part of our Warm Hugs from BUCK program since hydration is quite important to everyone especially for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation.