FAIRFAX, Va. – May 5, 2016 – Bite Me Cancer, a national nonprofit that supports teens with cancer and funds thyroid cancer research, raised $55,000 at its third annual Cancerversary dinner, the foundation announced today.
Nearly 150 people attended the event April 23 at the Tower Club in the Tyson’s Corner Area of Fairfax, held to honor cancer survivors and their families; those who have been lost to cancer as well as to mark the sixth “Cancerversary” of the group’s founder Nikki Ferraro.
Ferraro was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010 and started raising money for cancer research just weeks later. Funds raised at the 2015 gala primarily will be used to support the Bite Me Cancer’s Teen Cancer Support Bag Program.
While Bite Me Cancer raises funds for research, the main focus of the group is to provide support, encouragement and understanding for teenagers who have been diagnosed with all cancers, primarily through the Teen Support Bag project, which has served teens in 28 states at nearly 70 hospitals.
Each support bag designed specifically for teen patients includes a stress ball, a Bite Me Cancer baseball cap, a water bottle, an iTunes gift card, a USB drive, a game book, playing cards and a Bite Me Cancer car magnet. 1,200 teen cancer patients received the bags in 2015.
Bill Hoover, Chairman of the Board, American Systems; Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council; Ken Bartee, former CEO of McDonald Bradley, Inc., and Nikki Ferraro sat on the host committee for the fundraiser.
More than 45 cancer survivors who attended the dinner joined Ferraro at the conclusion of the event to cut a large “Cancerversary” cake. (see attached photo)
Bite Me Cancer, headquarted in Fairfax, Va., is run entirely by volunteers. To learn more about Bite Me Cancer to or find out how you can volunteer your time or money to support the group, please visit www.bitmecancer.org.