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  • 2016 'Crosse Out Cancer! College Lacrosse Showcase For Breast Cancer Research

    On October 9, 2016 Burning River Lacrosse is teaming up with the Cleveland Clinic, Hawken School, SweatX, and the Ohio Machine to bring you our 7th Annual Breast 'Crosse Out Cancer! college lacrosse showcase (see all sponsors) to benefit the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic. (View Event Press Release)

    This program provides world-class care to patients with breast cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research. (See letter from Clinic)

    If you have any questions about the 'Crosse Out Cancer! college lacrosse showcase please feel free to contact Woody Calleri at wcalleri@brlax.net or 216-373-5684.

    Event Schedule - Click Here

    2016 Event Raises Over $20,000 For Breast Cancer Research!!!

    (Click For Post Event Press Release)

    Guest Speaker

    Every year at Crosse Out Cancer! we bring in a guest speaker who shares their experiences with the attendees.  We do this to put a personal touch on the event and so that the players, coaches and fans realize that they are helping someone and giving back to the community.  This year we are thrilled to have Brittany Whitman speaking at the event. In July of 2014, Brittany was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer at the age of 24. Upon diagnosis, Brittany began treatment at the Cleveland Clinic which included chemotherapy, surgery, fertility treatments, and reconstruction. Brittany has finished treatment and has been deemed cancer free.

    In addition to a career in finance, she has since become a group fitness instructor and taken on several advocacy roles at the Cleveland Clinic and other various organizations. She is here with us as another voice in the fight against cancer. 

    How Can I Purchase Tickets / Attend? (100% Of Ticket Sales Goes To The Charity)

    Advanced Purchase (Preseales) tickets ($10) are available until 12 midnight Sunday September 18, 2016. To purchase presale tickets

    please email us at info@brlax.netwith the following info:

    • Number of tickets

    • Mailing address

      We will contact you with details on the logistics.

    Day of tickets are available the event at the ticket booth. They can be paid for with either Cash or Check.

    • Tickets (Presale):       ONLY UNTIL September 18th - Adults/Students/youth $10; - Under 2 Free

    • Tickets (Day of):        Adults/Students/youth $15; - Under 2 Free

    How Can I Help The 2016 Crosse Out Cancer Showcase? (See Our Sponsors)

    This year's event goals are to raise $17,500 and sell 1,500 tickets.

    There are many ways to help us raise money, run a successful event and / or get the word out to local and national newspaper, television, and radio outlets about the 2015 College Lacrosse Showcase to benefit the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic. This program provides world-class care to patients with breast cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research.    You can:

    • Provide Sponsorship (Click for details)

    • Donate - directly to Breast Oncology Research Program at the Taussig Cancer Institute by clicking (Donate)

    • Attend - tickets are available in advance or at the event (See box below)

    • Purchase Event Gear - event gear is available in advance or at the event (See box below)

    • Volunteer - If you are interested in donating your time / effort to help ensure a quality event we would love to have you help. We need help with the following:

    • Field Manager and / or Ball Boy /Girl - If you are looking to help by volunteering to be a Ball Boy / Girl or Field Manager please email us directly at info@brlax.net
    • Other - if you would like other ways to help please CLICK HERE for a list of opportunities.

    Where Is The Event Held? What Time Is The Event Held? (2016 Schedule) (2016 Local Players)

    This year’s event will be held on Sunday October 9, 2016 at Hawken School's Walton Stadium, located at 12465 County Line Road, Chesterland. 

    This year’s ‘Showcase’ features 1 Division 1 teams, 7 Division 2 teams, 1 Canadian and 10 Division 3 teams.  The teams are paired up on the field to show their talents, have some fun and reach out and make a difference in the lives of others in the community. The success of this event is made possible by local and national sponsorships, many parent and coaching volunteers and of course the main attraction – the players. (View list of local players participating)

    Division 1 Teams

    Division 2 Teams

    Canadian Teams

    Division 3 Teams

    This year's game game schedule is available (Click Here). The games will start at 10:30 AM and finish at 6:00 PM.

    How Can I Purchase Event Gear?

    In addition to ticket sales, we will also be selling specially designed Hoodies and T-shirts. The price list is below:

    • The Pink Hoodies - $35 (YL to XXL available)

    • The Pink T-shirts - $15 (YL to XXL available)

    All proceeds from the clothing sales will be donated to the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic.

    To purchase event gear please email us at info@brlax.net with the following info:

    • Item and how many
    • Size(s)
    • Mailing address

      We will contact you with details on the logistics.

    Guest Speaker (Past Years)

    2015 - Jerry Rubenstein
    Rubenstein's diagnosis came in 2003, when he found a lump. "I was 41," Rubenstein says. "My kids were real little – 12 and 9. I just thought it was this little cyst." Even his doctor thought it was nothing to worry about at first, but tests revealed it was, in fact, cancer.

    This doctor called him at home to break the news. Rubenstein, an accountant, went through treatment and surgery, which included a mastectomy. "The tumor was estrogen positive," he recalls, and doctors put him on a five-year course of the drug tamoxifen, essentially the same treatment often used for women.

    Despite the shock of the cancer diagnosis, Rubenstein's prognosis looked hopeful. "They told me the odds of recurrence was 100 to one."

    As the years went by, he and his wife were hopeful the matter was behind them. Then, nearly 10 years to the day of his original diagnosis, he was told the cancer had come back – this time in his lungs

    The last two years have been rugged, with treatments ranging from radiation to various drug therapies. The cancer has since spread to his spleen and lymph nodes, and he has some lesions in two of his vertebrae. "They found a new one in my abdomen, which is very small. We're really hoping this new treatment is working. The last round really knocked me out."Despite setbacks and anxiety of what the next scan might reveal, Rubenstein keeps up his workout regimen and continues to run through his neighborhood, including on the street where he grew up in neighboring Shaker Heights. "The doctors want to keep me physically active as possible."

    Today, Rubenstein regularly attends a breast cancer support group at The Gathering Place. He's the only male member of the group with breast cancer but says he finds the its members helpful and supportive. "Unless you've gone through it, you don't quite understand

    2014 - Sarah Cawley and Dr. Jame Abraham

    Sarah Cawley is a 33 year old wife and mother of two little girls, who is currently undergoing treatment for Stage Two Breast Cancer at the Cleveland Clinic. As an avid runner and otherwise healthy young mom, the diagnosis came as quite a shock. Never losing hope, she continues to fight and is now dedicated to advocating for Breast Cancer awareness.

    Dr. Jame Abraham, MD, FACP is the Director of the Breast Medical Oncology Program at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and Co-Director of the Multi-disciplinary Breast Cancer Program.  Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Calicut Medical College in India and completed his residency at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.  After his residency, Dr. Abraham went on to complete his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Dr. Abraham’s research interest is focused on developing new approaches for early detection, diagnosis and more effective targeted therapies for breast cancer while understanding long-term side effects such as “chemo brain”. With the support of two Department of Defense grants, he has developed preclinical, clinical and genomic data regarding serious side effects in patients receiving chemotherapy.  He currently holds two patents; one for risk stratification of patients with breast cancer and another for novel breast cancer imaging.

    Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Abraham was the Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Hematology Oncology at West Virginia University.  He was the first Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar in breast cancer research and has been the recipient of several, distinguished awards including: U.S. News Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2010-2012, 2010 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine by West Virginia University, 2006 Clinician of the Year,  2009 Award from the President of India, 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award by the Department of Medicine of West Virginia University, and 2007 Volunteer of the Year by American Cancer Society.

    2013 - Tiffany Bauman Cantelupe
    We had Tiffany Baumann Cantelupe speak. Ms Cantelupe has traveled the world working as a model, actress, and singer. She was born in Medina and is a former Miss Ohio.

    In July, 2012, Tiffany felt a lump that was unfamiliar. After 2 weeks of debating, she saw her doctor. Tests revealed she had an aggressive, fast-moving type of cancer that spread to her lymph nodes.

    She was 35 years old at the time of her diagnosis and had 2 young children. Tiffany received treatment including a year-long chemotherapy treatment program and surgery.

    2012 & 2011
    We had guest speaker Mrs. Ellen Perez. Mrs. Perez, a mother of a BR player, is a triple negative breast cancer survivor diagnosed at age 37. For those not familiar with those terms it is a particularly lethal form of breast cancer that typically strikes young patients. They call triple negative the triple threat due to the fact that they really can't figure it out yet. We were honored to have her share her story with the event participants - 2011 Speech

    What Is The Cleveland Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program?

    Cleveland Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program offers the highest-quality care for screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, our team tailors treatment plans to the patient’s needs, taking into account the type of cancer, the age of the individual, the degree to which the cancer has spread, and the patient’s general health and desires. Our breast cancer specialists also offer an array of resources that can help patients cope with the demands of breast cancer. 

    To find out more about the Cleveland Clinic cancer program, please visit my.clevelandclinic.org/cancer/default.aspx

    2016 Fundraiser's Goals And How You Can Help

    This year's team goals are to raise $17,500 and sell 1,500 tickets.

    There are many ways to help us raise money and get the word out to local and national newspaper, television, and radio outlets about the Breast Cancer Research Lacrosse Fundraiser To Benefit The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic and its efforts to help those struggling with breast cancer and their families during their time of need. You can:

    You can make a tax deductible monetary donation (even a few pennies help) to help us reach our goal of raising $17,500 to help those struggling with breast cancer and their families during their time of need.  The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic is recognized by the IRS as a valid 501(c) (3) organization. Click on the link to donate (TBD)

    Once on the page, enter in the amount you would like to donate and then click “Complete Your Gift.” On the next page you can confirm that the amount you would like to donate is correct and select the option “This Gift is in Honor of Someone.” Please fill out the top line, making the donation in honor of Burning River, so that we have an idea of how much we were able to raise.

    You can also donate by sending a check made out to Cleveland Clinic to:

    Burning River Lacrosse
    2154 Arthur Ave, Suite 926
    Lakewood, OH 44107

    Do you have a family member, friend, or neighbor that knows a local celebrity (sports, news, political, etc) that you could speak to about helping with the event? It could be anything from raffle items, to website/twitter support, to an appearance at the event.

    Social Networking
    You can put the event information on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn account pages. You can send the event information to family, friends, neighbors. Do you/someone you know belong to an Alumni association that you could forward the information to? Do you/someone you know belong to a local group that might be willing to send the information to its members (Kiwanis, Optimist Club, etc.)

    Do you have a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker with contacts at local media outlets? If so would you be willing to contact them about doing a story on the event? 

    Volunteer (See the box above for how)
    You can donate your time.  We need people to help with the following: ticket takers, concessions workers, parking, t-shirt/short sales, field preparation, ball boys/girls, etc.

    Our goal is to sell 1,500 tickets.  Please come see one or all of the games.

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