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 conquercrew.org which will have information on upcoming events, funding updates, a blog, and much more.