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Conquer Cancer- Wig Party

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
150 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 19, at 12:00 AM CST
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Thank you!

December 16, 2019

What a year! When I created this research fund earlier in 2019, I had no idea where it would go. With more than $7,000 raised on an initial goal of $5,000, thank you again for helping make my vision a reality! The awareness, fundraising, and Wig Party 2019 event, have all completely exceeded my expectations. None of this however, would be possible without advocates like you. Thank you so much for your generosity during this GOLDrush giving campaign. Whether you donated, spread awareness on social media, came to the Wig Party event, and/or supported so many other efforts associated with this cause, it is all so appreciated! Cancer has not always been an easy topic for me to talk about. It’s been an extremely long road, filled with not so great moments and memories. However, because of that I have also been empowered to share my story, and realize the potential I have to make a difference in the cancer community. Sharing my story has become easier and more impactful, and starting this research fund to advance the research of the group that saved my life and gave me a hopeful future, has been rewarding – to say the least. I am excited to see what this group is able to achieve in 2020 and can’t wait to report that out in the coming year.


The campaign had more than 150 individual donors, Wig Party 2019 had more than 65 attendees, and we raised more than $800 during the event alone. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with several people from outside of Iowa who have now been educated on this cause as well, and the work being done in the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. At the event on December 7th, we had many members from the community who were on the other side of the venue come over to learn about the event, hear about the cause behind it, and mention they want to attend the event next year. The educational piece behind the concept of Conquer Cancer is so fundamental in moving the needle forward on an otherwise underfunded type of cancer.


I also wanted to thank Madeline Kerr, Erin Allen, Dr. David Bender, and the UI Center for Advancement for all of their amazing help, support, and on-going encouragement throughout all of this. What I am most excited for, is that this is just the beginning. Plans are underway to host a second Wig Party in 2020, due to the success we had with their year’s fundraising event. Be on the lookout for more information about Wig Party 2020, coming to Iowa City! This will be in addition to the Des Moines event, and I am looking forward to expanding this concept to more cities. In the meantime, stay connected to what Conquer Cancer has in store by visiting which will have information on upcoming events, funding updates, a blog, and much more.  

Thank you!

December 05, 2019

Wow! Saturday's event isn't even here yet, and you all have been so generous. Thank you for your wonderful support of this fund!


While my goal was $5,000, I would love to send even more to Dr. Bender- so let's see how much more of an impact we can have.


Even an additional gift of $10 or sharing my campaign with one person would make a huge difference.


Thank you again! See (many of you) Saturday!


November 13, 2019

I am so grateful to be connected with such wonderful people! The Conquer Cancer Fund has officially raised more than 40% of our goal! Thank you for listening/reading my story, sharing it with others, and contributing to this life changing cause. It means so much to have your support in this endeavor. 


In the last week, I have received several messages from people who are fighting this battle, have fought, or know someone who’s been diagnosed. I’ve even been connected thru the power of social media to other women with ovarian or uterine cancer. I’ve had a friend read another friend’s cancer story and connect the dots that we both see Dr. Bender. Another woman who I was connected with on social media posted a photo of her and Dr. Bender as well, when she finished chemotherapy this week! 


I encourage you to maximize your impact even further, by sharing this campaign with your friends, family and anyone who you think might be interested in supporting cancer research right here in Iowa. The link to share is:


Thank you so much for your generosity, and for educating those around you the options available at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Dr. Bender and his team are caring for 10 new gynelogical patients from each week who are referred from Des Moines (like Allison).


Wig Party

Allison was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer at age 27.



Allison spent approximately 48 hours doing chemotherapy.



63 is the average age of a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer



Allison traveled on average 114 miles each way from Des Moines to Iowa City for each treatment.



Dr. Bender performs an average of 250 surgeries each year

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