Sunday, April 29, 2012

Raise Your Glasses to Support Retinoblastoma Cancer

There's no reason to sugar-coat at a time like this: Thursday will be the last normal Thursday night of the  school year and for approximately a quarter of BC students, it'll be the last one before...the last Thursday before...the last-JENKEMS STOP CRYING GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF. What I'm trying to say is we gotta make this one count. Some of you may know Nicole Schuster: current BC student. She's a savage on the field-hockey field, and a class act off of it. Truly a quality person. Nix approached us recently with a very relevant event (a little rhyme for your bush right there) and we saw no better Grand-Finale Thursday than this. Her e-mail:

Last year my nephew Edward was born at 25 weeks old, weighing only 1 pound and 12 ounces.  He spent almost 100 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Virginia in a fight for his life.  After overcoming innumerable challenges in the NICU, we finally thought that Edward was in the clear. Then on March 1st, 2012, Edward was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric eye cancer and started on his second fight for his life.  He is currently undergoing treatment for his cancer at UVA, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Wills Eye Institute. Only 200-300 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed per year so since it is so rare, Eddie has to go to specialists that have treated retinoblastoma before. Unfortunately, last week at his second treatment, the hospital informed our family that they made a mistake with the insurance coverage and Eddie’s 6-12 cycles of chemotherapy and eye surgeries will not be covered.

This Thursday, there will be an event at The Place in Boston (2 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109) that will benefit my nephew’s chemo treatments and eye surgeries. The Place is not charging for this event so ALL of the proceeds will be going to pay for Edward’s treatments. Thanks in advance for your support in helping my nephew overcome his battle with cancer. I cannot stress enough how much this means to my family and me!

Few things to highlight here: 
1. No classes Friday (shibby).
2. The Place is a great spot to mix it up. It's downtown, but this Thursday's all about going big then stumbling home. 
3. This is a very practical cause that literally means the world to a one year-old kid and his family.
4. Wear sunglasses to honor the cause. Simple theme that's not over-the-top but still lets anyone interested strut their steeze. 
5. If you're still on the fence, the baby's full name is Edward Michael Johnson.
6. Tickets are $15 (EVERY PENNY of which goes toward Edward's treatment). Get in contact with Nicole via the facebook event or a sext/text/call to any of the following people:
Nicole Schuster 215-262-4826
Kara Mackintire 508-847-0969
AJ Ferrera 617-699-5607

***THIS IS A 21+ EVENT*** Proper identification is required at the door. No shenanigans, you guys.

1 comment:

  1. Wow BC! This is Anne Marie Patterson, Michael Johnson's sister, (aunt to baby Eddie). My heart is swelling with joy that all of you are thinking of our family. Katie, Mike, and Edward came to GA two weeks ago and he is a happy little boy and he is full of life. I cannot thank you enough for your prayers, support, and thoughts.