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Erin Reed Says “F.U. Cancer”!

This month, The Seany Foundation will be receiving a little extra help from Erin Reed. In honor of her mother Valerie, who lost her battle to Ewing sarcoma (the same cancer that Sean had), Erin has joined the fight against childhood cancer. She has created an “FU Cancer” necklace, a 19mm hammered raw brass disc, complete with a 14K gold-filled chain. Erin is generously donating all proceeds from sales of this necklace to The Seany Foundation. To buy the necklace or read more of Erin’s personal story, visit http://www.etsy.com/listing/92993417/fu-cancer-necklace-valerie

Thank you, Erin, for making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer!

2011 Annual Report Now Available

The Seany Foundation proudly presents its 2011 Annual Report! See how your support has made a difference in the lives of children, teens, and young adults battling cancer. Hard copies were recently mailed to 2011 donors. If you haven’t receive yours, then we might need to update your mailing address. Please send updated contact information to [email protected]. To read the 2011 annual report e-version, click here.

 

 

 

Reserve Your Tee Time!

The Seany Foundation proudly invites you to the 2nd Annual Swinging for Seany Golf Tournament! Back by popular demand, this year’s tourney will be held once again at the exclusive Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Registration is now open. For more information and to register online, check out www.theseanyfoundation.org/golf. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available at www.theseanyfoundation.org/golf-sponsor. So, mark your calendars for Monday, June 11. We’ll see you on the fairway!

Happy Holidays!

Team Seany would like to wish you and your family joy and health this holiday season! Thank you for your support.

Mark Your Calendars for giveBIG

On Wednesday, December 14 at 7 AM through Thursday, December 15 at 7 PM, The Seany Foundation will be part of giveBIG San Diego, a program developed by The San Diego Foundation in conjunction with the BetterGiving organizations.

During these 36 hours, the giveBIG event will be collecting donations that will be matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000 per gift) by The San Diego Foundation.

So, mark your calendars and double your impact by giving online on December 14!

Erin Reed Joins the Fight

The Seany Foundation like to share this heartfelt story in Erin’s own words:

“Five years ago my mom died of cancer. A brutally random, generally pediatric form of bone cancer called Ewings sarcoma. My stomach still turns after saying those two ugly words. Over the past five years I have experienced every imaginable emotion. I have been left lonely from the loss of my best friend; devastated over the loss that my children are experiencing, yet are unaware of (I was seven weeks pregnant with my first son when she passed) and pissed off that I now have to cook Christmas dinner. I exchanged most of my wedding gifts for shoes. I was never planning on knowing how to cook a roast, or explain to my children ‘why they can’t see god.’ These were going to be her jobs, not mine. Now, I am a mom of two, and I have shelves of stilettos covered in dust, and I just made Halloween cookies that tasted like chicken because I own only one baking sheet. Life was supposed to be different. Aside from sadness, anger and loneliness, my latest emotion is shame. I am so deeply ashamed that I have hidden behind this veil of sadness and have not done one thing to honor my mom’s memory. It has been so difficult to see her picture, or even speak her name, but she deserves better than that, because she was awesome. The type of mom that all of the other kids wished their mom could be just a little bit more like. The type of mom that I will never be, but cling to the hope that I just might because I have a little of her DNA. One thing is for sure – she never served me chicken-flavored halloween cookies. So why am I so publicly sharing this? Because I’m learning that childhood cancer is the number one killler of children. It kills more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and pediatric AIDS COMBINED, yet the National Cancer Institute spends less than 3% of it’s $4.6 billion budget on pediatric cancer and the National Cancer Society spends less than 70 cents per $100. It’s unacceptable. I have already lost one love to pediatric cancer. I cannot loose my two naughty, dirty boys who break windows, run with scissors and refuse to eat their vegetables. That will take me out. Sadly, I know that the boogie man is real. He’s already visited me and I’m terrified that he will return. So here’s my start to honor my mom and join in the fight against pediatric cancer:

I have a tiny online jewelry site called Gypsy Sol Designs (www.etsy.com/shop/gypsysoldesigns) I will be donating 25% of my profits in November and December to The Seany Foundation (www.theseanyfoundation.org). They work really hard to support cancer research and do cool things for kids with Ewings Sarcoma and other forms of pediatric cancer. So, if you’ll be holiday shopping, think of me. Thanks for letting me share my story. I can’t wait to cut the Seany Foundation a fat check in the name of the friends of Valerie Farris, because there were many. Xo.”

Thank you, Erin. And welcome to Team Seany!

 

Seany Movie Night Nov. 17

That’s right! We’re busting out the red carpet again on Thursday, November 17. If you’re a fan of vampires and werewolves, you won’t want to miss our special early screening! For details, check out The Seany Foundation Box Office.

Show Your Support- Wear the Seany Badge!

Thanks to all who participated in The Seany Foundation’s 30 Ways in 30 Days campaign. Here’s a great way that you can continue to show your support throughout the year: Copy and paste this badge onto your own Webpage!

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Understanding Cancer in AYA

AYA = Adolescents and Young Adults

One of the reasons cancers in adolescents and young adults is so difficult to treat is because it’s just that: cancer in adolescents and young adults. The amazing transition from childhood to adulthood poses great challenges for cancer treatments in this particular stage of life. According to Dr. Brian Hayes-Lattin, “More than 72,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15 to 39) learn they have cancer each year in the United States, a number up to seven times larger than the number diagnosed under the age of 15.” For more on why The Seany Foundation is concerned about improving treatments for teens and young adults, read the full NCI Cancer Bulletin article.

Hairless Potter Raises Over $14K

Thank you, Seany supporters! Your magic helped us raise over $14,000 at this year’s Hairless Potter Night.

Over 300 people attended Seany Movie Night at UltraStar Poway. Guests followed the red carpet to Theater 10, where they were among the first in San Diego to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. KUSI and Fox News were there to cover all the excitement.

Seany’s Sponsor-a-Kid Program provided 100 complimentary tickets to young cancer patients and their families from local hospitals.

The costume contest boasted young participants dressed as the Weasley brothers, Tonks, Muggles, Dementors, creative versions of Harry Potter, and many more. Winners took home prizes ranging from an iPod to Harry Potter Legos to official HP7 posters to free smoothies at Jamba Juice.

The winner of the evening’s drawing was announced online after the event: #661895. The winner can claim the prize by calling 858-551-5885 or emailing [email protected]

The next Seany Movie Night is scheduled for November 17. For more photos from the event, check out Seany’s Flickr Photostream.