Four years ago, our son Cole was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer that affects the kidneys. He was 7 and had no noticeable signs or symptoms of cancer. However, at the time it was detected, his cancer had escalated to Stage IV.
We immediately sought treatment at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit. Cole was treated by an amazing team of doctors and nurses. With the expert medical attention he was given at Johns Hopkins and the emotional comfort he received from his family, he was able to bravely fight his disease.
Today, Cole is a bright and energetic 11 year-old. While his prognosis is positive, this is a battle he will always face. We also realized very early on that while Cole was in treatment, our daughter, Dylan was emotionally affected. For these reasons, we have partnered with the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit to raise funds for children and families fighting this painful disease.
Our event will take place at Russel Toyota on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 5PM. Over $100,000 was raised at last year's gala and this year, we hope to exceed that goal.
Enjoy a wonderful evening with dinner stations from local restaurants, open bar, silent & live auctions, music from The Reagan Years and more!
5:00pm Doors Open
5:00pm-6:00pm Cocktails, Silent Auction Opens
7:30pm-8:00pm Live Auction
8:00 pm Live music from The Reagan Years
Single tickets are available for $150 and a group of 10 tickets may be purchased for $1,250.
There are several ways to make a difference. Here's how:
· Mail a check payable to Kimmel Cancer Center - Pediatric Oncology memo line Cole & Dylan's Gift and send to Russel Toyota; Attn: Melanie Russel Sterry - 6324 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, MD 21228
· Purchase tickets or a group of tickets online at http://russeltoyota1.eventbrite.com
· Consider a corporate sponsorship or auction item donation - see item donation form enclosed.
Thank you in advance for helping us in this fight. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Melanie Russel Sterry