Celebrate National Blood Cancer Awareness month at Raise A Paw Against Leukemia on Sunday, September 30th at Simsbury Meadows from 10am to 2pm.
Raise A Paw will feature a Vendor Fair as well as...
Our VENDOR list continues to grow...right now here's the list of those confirmed to attend:
Our Vendor Fair is FREE to attend but we require that all attendees complete a liability waiver. Save time and fill it out ahead of time online!
Another wonderful reason to come to Raise A Paw Against Leukemia on September 30th at Simsbury Meadows…
Stop by the Pet Poses booth at our Vendor Fair from 10am to 2pm for your pups mini photo session courtesy of Sharon Leger Photography with your $5 donation to the Rob Branham Foundation.
You’ll have two backdrops to choose from - one generic and one holiday themed so you can get a jump on your holiday cards! Special thanks to Sharon for donating her time and services!
Our Vendor Fair is FREE to attend but we require that all attendees complete a liability waiver. Save time and fill it out ahead of time online!
All proceeds from Pet Poses support the Rob Branham Foundation and families fighting blood cancer in Connecticut.
You must sign the release to participate or attend Raise A Paw Against Leukemia. By participating or attending Raise A Paw Against Leukemia you are acknowledging that your participation is entirely at your own discretion and risk.
RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT
RAISE A PAW AGAINST LEUKEMIA
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY. It affects any rights you may have if you and/or your dog and/or any other animal you own are injured or otherwise suffer damages while attending Raise A Paw Against Leukemia 2018.
I understand that there are inherent risks associated with exposing an animal(s) in a dog/animal show environment including, but not limited to, contact with other dogs/animals who may be carrying contagious organisms, or dogs/animals who may become aggressive in this situation. I also understand that there is a significant risk of introducing infectious disease when bringing in dogs/animals from another location that may not be of the same health status as the "home" location, especially if introduced without an appropriate isolation/quarantine time period. I assume full responsibility for any risk, loss, property damage, and/or personal injury that may be sustained by me, and/or any loss or damage to my dog/animal and/or any property owned by me as a result of my attendance at Raise A Paw Against Leukemia 2018.
I hereby RELEASE FROM LIABILITY, WAIVE, DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE the The Rob Branham Foundation, Inc., the organizers of Raise A Paw Against Leukemia 2018, and any of the officers, servants, agents and/or employees of the above-mentioned individuals and/or entities (hereinafter referred to as RELEASEES) for any liability, claim and/or cause of action arising out of, or related to, any loss, damage and/or injury, including death, that occurs as a result of attending Raise A Paw Against Leukemia 2018.
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By signing this Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, I state that I have read and understand the conditions set forth in this release and that I agree to all conditions set forth herein, and that I sign this voluntarily with full knowledge that I am forfeiting certain legal rights.
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CAR-T therapies are among the most exciting developments in cancer research in years — one of several approaches that harness the immune system to fight cancer.
Aaron Reid 20, of Lucedale, Miss., has been fighting leukemia since he was 9 years old. He has been through chemotherapy and radiation twice, a bone marrow transplant and two other treatments.
But the leukemia keeps coming back. This time, the cancer is all over his body. He can feel the pain in his bones. CAR-T therapy could be his last hope.
Today Reid will be receiving his “living drug” today. "I think it's amazing that they can find a way to use someone's own ... cells," Reid says. "Take out their own cells, teach it to do something and then put it back in them, and to be able to heal them. I think that's amazing."
The engineered cells are made by extracting T cells — a key part of the immune system -- from each patient's blood and then genetically modifying them in the lab. The T cells that are created carry structures on their surface called chimeric antigen receptors, or CAR for short.
"What we're doing is we are educating [the T cells] to say, 'These things don't belong,' " says Dr. Nirali Shah, a pediatric oncologist at the National Cancer Institute who is running a study Reid is in. " 'You need to get rid of them. Yes, I know that they started in the body. But they're not supposed to be there. You need to attack.' "
To read or listen to the complete NPR story visit http://www.wnpr.org/post/scientists-race-improve-living-drugs-fight-cancer
You are invited to join us on Thursday, June 28th on a culinary cruise through the Greater Hartford area to benefit families battling blood cancers in Connecticut.
Our Driven To Dine! party bus will board at 5:30pm and take us on a unique dining experience beginning at Dish Bar & Grill in Hartford, then we will head to Cugino’s in Farmington and finish off the evening at The North House in Avon.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW - CLICK TO PURCHASE
Dish - Cocktail Hour with Appetizers
Beef Wellington - beef, pastry, bernaise
Hawaiian Flatbread - pineapple, mozzarella, jalapeno pesto, prosciutto
Shrimp and Corn Blini - corn pancake, lime mousse
Twice Baked Yukon Gold Potato - bacon, sour cream, cheddar, scallion
Deviled Eggs - sriracha, mayonnaise
A drink of your choice at the bar including our Signature Drink - Strawberry Infused Vodka Martini
Cugino’s - Entree
14 oz. Ribeye Steak
Salmon with mango salsa
The North House - Dessert/Coffee
1st Annual Bowl & Brews Event!
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day) we will be hosting our 1st Annual Bowl & Brews fundraising event!
03/17/2018 at 5:00pm - 03/17/2018 at 8:00pm
Hall of Fame Silver Lanes Bowling
748 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT
When a family member is stricken with leukemia or another blood-related disease, a bone marrow transplant is sometimes recommended as the best chance for a cure. Usually, family members are tested first to determine if one of them would be a suitable donor.
RBF can help you organize a successful drive through a variety of ways, including:
Fundraising can be hard work, but should be fun, and is a lot easier with many hands! There are many factors that go into planning and implementing a successful fundraising effort and part of the key to fundraising is coming up with ideas for events that people will support. We’re happy to share our fundraising tips and work with you to fundraise on our behalf.
Set your fundraising goals
Talk about why you want to hold a fundraiser, how much money you feel you can realistically raise, and who will benefit from your efforts. If you fundraise for The Rob Branham Foundation, the funds will be used to help families facing leukemia and other blood cancers.
Decide what type of fundraising event you’ll hold. At RBF, we believe that fundraising should be FUN – we’ve compiled a list of suggestions, which we’ve grouped into three main categories, that might get your thoughts in gear!
Whether you sell a product that is commercially-produced or have something designed especially for your group or cause, the successful sale of any product depends, in part, on how many people will do the selling, and how good they are at selling the product. Some products you might consider selling including candy bars, tins of assorted candies, lollipops, flowers, potted plants, wreaths, decorations, coupon books (created with local businesses), wrapping paper, greeting cards, stationary, calendars, collectibles, or anything you may have created especially for your group.
Holding a successful social event is often determined, in large part, by the effectiveness of the publicity of the event (which we will help you do if you fundraise for us!). Some event ideas include dances (1950’s sock hops, big band style music, holiday-themed events), dinners, wine tasting or winery tours, bowling & arcade nights, craft beer tastings, ‘cook-offs’ (such as chile, pasta, cheesecake or other dessert, macaroni & cheese, etc.), ice cream socials, chocolate-lovers feast, pancake breakfast, movie events, or music events (such as Battle of the Bands or Karaoke night).
You don’t have to run marathons to raise money for a good cause! A wide variety of both competitive and non-competitive athletic events are often held to raise money. Some ideas include 5K walks, 5K runs, rollerblading, bike riding, canoe or kayak paddling, team sports such as basketball or baseball, individual sports such as tennis or racquetball, or even intellectual sports such as chess or Scrabble. Also, friendly competition between two community groups is always fun!
With many of our fundraising ideas, we can work with you to use our online fundraising platform to handle event registration and management, peer to peer fundraising and crowdfunding, and communicating with your participants. By working with The Rob Branham Foundation (a registered 501(C)3 public charity), the donations your participants make to your event are tax deductible!
1. Form a fundraising team composed of people who will oversee different aspects of the process, as well as a team captain who will coordinate everything.
2. Create a Task and Timeline chart. Organizing and keeping track of all the tasks that have to be done, and when they have to be done by, can be a lot easier if you chart it all out. Think of all the things that have to be done concerning the event venue, event sponsorships, ticket pricing /registration, activities that will take place during the event, event publicity, day-of-event set up and running the activities, and event follow-up. The more you can clearly identify the tasks and chart them out, the more likely you’ll be to get them all done, and the easier it will be to ask people to help.
3. Identify support you’ll need and who you can ask for help. Does your fundraising team have members who are good at using social media? Will you be looking for sponsorships to help cover costs of putting on the event? If so, what will encourage potential sponsors to help? Do you need a graphic designer? An event photographer? How will you find good support (especially if they’ll volunteer their services)?
4. Celebrate and debrief after your event. We learn so much from the process of planning and holding a fundraising event that it’s a good idea to debrief shortly after it’s over to discuss what worked well and what you might do differently if you hold another fundraising event. Just as importantly, it’s good to celebrate the efforts of all those who contributed!
Myeloproliferative diseases is a term used for a cluster of illnesses. These diseases are when the bone marrow creates more red/white blood cells or platelets then the body needs. Polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and primary myelofibrosis together comprise the majority of myeloproliferative diseases.
The total number of people living with myeloproliferative diseases (prevalence rate) in the US is estimated to be 29,5709. This estimation is based on 2010 information.
In the US Medicare population, 53.2% of patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET) survive after 5 Years. This means out of 100 patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET), about 53 patients have survived the disease for 5 years. In the US Medicare population, 53.1% of patients with polycythemia vera (PV) survive after 5 Years. This means out of 100 patients with polycythemia vera (PV), about 53 patients have survived the disease for 5 years. In the US Medicare population, 18.2% of patients with myelofibrosis (MF) survive after 5 years. This means out of 100 patients with myelofibrosis (MF), about 53 patients have survived the disease for 5 years.
There are certain risk factors that can increase the chances of having Myeloproliferative Diseases.
There are certain symptoms and signs showing that a patient may have myeloproliferative disease. Patients may have anemia, shortness of breath with activity, loss of strength or tiredness, paleness, reduction in hunger, prolonged bleeding from minor cuts due to low platelet counts, purpura-black/blue pinpoint marks on the skin where bleeding has occurred under the skin, sinus-skin/urinary infections owing to a reduced number of low white blood cells that fight infection.
Myeloproliferative disease typically cannot be cured. Treatment typically tries to fix the irregular blood tests. If a patient has no symptoms, with a doctor’s consultation, the patient may decide to take the watchful waiting approach. This means the patient will not be on treatment but they will get frequent evaluations and undergo diagnostic checks to monitor the progress of their disease.
“Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version.” National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute, 2019. https://www.cancer.gov/types/myeloproliferative/patient/chronic-treatment-pdq.
“Prevalence.” MPN Research Foundation, 2019. https://www.cancer.gov/types/myeloproliferative/patient/chronic-treatment-pdq.
“Survival Patterns in United States (US) Medicare Enrollees with Non-CML Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN).” Price et al. 2019.
“Myeloproliferative Neoplasms” Cancer Network-Oncology, 2019
“Myeloproliferative Disorders Signs and Symptoms” University of California San
“Treatment Options” Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2019.
Web links about Myeloproliferative Disorders
Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version
Overview of Myeloproliferative Disorders
Drugs Approved for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Chronic myeloproliferative disorders