The Timothy O'Connell Foundation is pleased to announce that its Second Annual Orange Appeal, to be held April 5, 2014, has sold out. Through the support of the 200 guests who attended last year's inaugural event-and, of course, the incredible kindness of the donors of auction items and the chefs, purveyors and wine and beer sponsors who donated all of the wonderful food and drink for last year's festivities-the Foundation raised more than $30,000. Again this year, all of the food and beverages have been donated to the Foundation by guest chefs, purveyors and wine and beer sponsors, and all of the auction items that guests will bid upon have been donated. As a result of such amazing generosity, the Foundation hopes to match or beat the amount of money raised last year. The generosity of so many in Holliston and surrounding communities who gave in 2013 to The Timothy O'Connell Foundation by buying a cake at its September cake sale fundraiser, by running in Tim's Trot, by supporting the Foundation's Boston Marathon runners, and by volunteering their time for these and other events, enabled the Foundation to make two major gifts earlier this year. The Foundation has pledged $75,000 to Make-A-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island over the next three years. This is the largest gift that the Foundation has given since its inception in 2008.
The Trustees of the Foundation also report that in early March, the Foundation delivered a $25,000 check to The Timothy O'Connell Memorial Fund for the Study of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and C-KIT and FLT3 Mutant AML Cells, which was established at the University of Minnesota Medical School that same month. The Foundation is happy to be supporting the good works of Dr. Peter Gordon and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota. Their clinical/ translational project is focused on the possibility that leukemia cell extrinsic factors within the extracellular environment can contribute to leukemia development, maintenance and response to therapy. Dr. Gordon was one of Tim's fellows at Children's Hospital Boston/ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and he recently shared with us that his research and clinical interests, including this particular project, were inspired by Timmy and the FLT3 trial that Dr. Gordon and Tim's other doctors used in their attempts to heal Tim.
Boston Marathon 2014
We want to thank runners David Keim, Jeff McLinden, John Mulvaney, Angela Lawless, Matthew Picard-Fraser, Joanne O'Connell, and Celeste Salley, who are running in support of the Foundation on April 21 in the Boston Marathon. See "Boston Marathon" tab for more information and to make a donation in support of their run!
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