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Kids Helping Kids

A huge thanks goes out to young Noah Baird and friends for hosting the first-ever lemonade stand/snack stop to benefit The Seany Foundation!  Noah and his friends teamed up on July 11 to help us raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer.

Noah’s mom, Becky Baird, writes, “I wanted to share the most beautiful part of our Lemonade Stand Day.  (We learned a lot and next month when we do it again, we will have a REALLY BIG SEANY SIGN!!)  The kids had the best day, smiling, giggling, rocking out to music…super fun. As cars came by, one lady stopped her black SUV and two sweet 10 year old girls (roughly) quickly popped out of the car. The mom followed them across the street. As the girls told our kids what they wanted, the mom asked me what the proceeds were going to. As I told the mom and two young girls, the first girl said she lost a sibling to cancer, and the other girl said her brother had died of cancer as well.  Well, I was moved to chills and tears. I could see the mom was emotional as well, obviously.  The mom had lost her son, the sisters brother, to cancer and the two young girls were friends… It was so moving and really made us realize that we were doing something great!”

Inspired by Noah?  If you’d like to host your own event to benefit childhood cancer research, just email us at [email protected] or call 800-794-8282.

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Sex and the City 2 Benefits Pediatric Cancer Research

On Wednesday, May 26, over 200 fabulously-dressed ladies (and a few lucky gents) attended The Seany Foundation’s Ladies Night Out at the Movies at Ultra Star Del Mar Highlands.  Guests warmed up at the pre-show soiree with a complimentary glass of wine and a wonderful spread generously donated by Rype Catering.  The pre-show raffles sent home lucky winners with VIP tickets to our next movie night, $100 in La Jolla restaurant certificates, and an exclusive Jet-Rhys salon package.  Glamour Awards were also distributed to the most stylish ladies of the evening.  Thanks to our generous guests in attendance, Ladies’ Night Out raised over $8000 for The Seany Foundation’s pediatric cancer research funds and local patients care projects.

GOOD SPORTS: A special thanks to our Chairman of the Board, Bill “Charlotte” Siegel, and survivor Chris Ramirez, our very own “Mr. Big”.  Check out more photos of our lovely guests at Seany’s Flickr Photostream.

Kudos to Individual Fundraisers

Check out some great ideas Seany’s friends have come up with to help raise funds to combat pediatric cancer:

Becky Baird and Kids on Stage Productions Theatrical Workshop

On May 23, Steven Glickman, star of Nickelodeon’s hit show Big Time Rush, taught a performance workshop to over 30 kids ages 8-18.  The special class raised over $400 for The Seany Foundation.  Thank you, Becky and friends!

Kristie Schaufele and the San Diego Rock’n’Roll Marathon

A special thanks to Kristie, a mom of 3, wife, and Director of Operations for Tutorial Services, who generously sought out sponsors for her upcoming race.  Kristie is raising money online through Firstgiving.com.  Be sure to cheer her on during the world-renowned marathon on June 6.  You, too, can set up your own Fundraising page to benefit The Seany Foundation.  Just email [email protected] to ask us how!

Have another great idea to help raise funds for our cause?  We’d love to hear it!  Email us at [email protected] or call (800)794-8282.

Our Teens: “Dying in Their Prime”

More reasons to support The Seany Foundation:

This article is from Science Magazine and charts the lower survival rates of teens diagnosed with cancer.  It also talks about Ewing’s sarcoma, the rare cancer that Sean was battling.

If you’d like a pdf version of the article, just click on the image to download the pdf.

Meet the Board: Featured Member Bill Siegel, PE

The Seany Foundation Proudly Presents Board Member

William C. (Bill) Siegel, PE

Chairman, President and CEO of The Kleinfelder Group, Inc.

Bill Siegel

Mr. Siegel is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kleinfelder Group, Inc. (Kleinfelder), an employee-owned science and engineering consulting firm providing solutions to meet our world’s complex infrastructure and natural resource challenges.

Headquartered in San Diego, Kleinfelder is one of the country’s top 50 architecture and design firms, and ranks in the top 100 of all global design firms.  Kleinfelder perennially ranks in the top five in size of privately held firms who are headquartered in San Diego.

In his role as CEO, Mr. Siegel is responsible for the overall performance, strategy development and execution, and positioning of the firm.  He has provided technical and managerial services for Kleinfelder for over 23 years, with varying past assignments in line management, and program based assignments including supervision of company-wide marketing, communications and program management groups.

Mr. Siegel was raised Northern Nevada and graduated with Bachelors (1984) and Masters (1986) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada at Reno.  He has authored a variety of technical papers on topics ranging from polymer modified asphalts to deep foundations, and has presented .as national and international conferences.  He has completed additional educational coursework related to business administration including the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Professionally, Mr. Siegel has served on various Board and committees including roles with the California Geotechnical Engineers Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies.  He is a sought after speaker on business issues, particularly with regard to merger and acquisitions strategies and execution.

Mr. Siegel actively participates in a variety of charitable organizations and serves on the Board of the Seany Foundation, focusing on pediatric cancer.  Recently, he completed a term as President of the Governing Board of a charter high school.  His is married with two sons, and relaxes with a variety of interests including individual (golf, snowboarding, and wakeboarding) and team sports, outdoor activities (hiking, fishing), informational reading, and gardening and other home improvements.

Q: Bill, why did you choose to become part of The Seany Foundation?

A: “I strongly believe in using some of my free time to support charitable activities and have a long history of involvement in various groups.  When I learned that I would spend significant amounts of time in San Diego, The Seany Foundation was a natural fit.  It is for an excellent cause, is led and supported by the nicest and most dedicated people, and is making a meaningful difference in the search for a cure and in the lives of those impacted.”

Seany Fellowship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the 2010 Sean Lewis Robins Fellowship in Pediatric Oncology Recipients: Dr. Lisa Hartman and Dr. Courtney Lyle.

Dr. Lisa Hartman is our first year fellow.  She began her research in July 2009.  She completed undergraduate studies at Pomona College, attended medical school at the University of Texas at Galveston, and served her pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Children’s Hospital.  Having yet to choose her specific research for years two and three, Dr. Hartman expresses interest in solid tumors.

Dr. Courtney Lyle is our second year fellow.  She began her research in January 2009.  She graduated from the University of Rochester, attended medical school at Emory University, and completed her pediatric residency at University of Colorado Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Lyle is interested in studying risk factors for pediatric stroke.

The Seany Foundation is dedicated to funding research to help find cures for pediatric cancers and to improving the quality of life for children and teen battling cancer.  Congratulations to our new Fellows!

Jimbo’s… Naturally! Makes the Difference

The Seany Foundation extends a great thank you to Jimbo’s… Naturally! for its donation of over $800 to The Seany Foundation to help in the fight against pediatric cancer!

This represents 16, 566 Wooden Nickels (or recycled bags) collected through Jimbo’s It’s in the Bag! recycling program at their Del Mar/Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido, and 4S Ranch locations.

Thank you, Jimbo’s and customers, for your support and caring!

Check out our friends at Jimbo’s online at www.jimbos.com.

Happy 2010!

Well, we’re back from our holidays, too, and ready to roll!  So far, we’ve hit the ground running and are thrilled to announce some of the details of our new research endeavors.  Check back in another day to see some pics from a recent FunBowl to benefit the Foundation and more updates on a great start to the new year!

Seany Foundation Top-Rated Nonprofit in San Diego

Yup, that’s right.  We’re listed as the top-rated nonprofit in San Diego!  Thanks to our friends who sent in their reviews, The Seany Foundation is getting some well-deserved attention on GreatNonprofits.org.  If you’d like to write a review about us and the work we’re doing right here in the local community, please visit http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/the-seany-foundation

Happy Holidays!