Fight NET Cancer With Katherine, a fundraiser held August 24 at Severna Park Taphouse, exceeded all expectations by raising more than $73,000 for the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF). About 550 people attended the event.
Susan Payson, chief development officer for NETRF, said the foundation has partnered with a West Coast donor as part of the Spark Hope campaign, so with every dollar getting matched, the event raked in roughly $146,000 for the cause.
The event was inspired by Katherine Mueller, who was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer called Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) in November 2018.
“It’s a very scary diagnosis,” Payson said. “About 171,000 patients have it in the U.S., which is a small amount when compared to breast cancer and some others. So we’re always competing for the attention all the other cancers get.”
Payson said the funds will provide NETRF with almost a year’s worth of research at the pilot-grant level. “We can examine why a healthy cell turns into a cancer cell and why these cells are multiplying,” Payson said. “It’s innovative research.”
Fight NET Cancer with Katherine was a huge success thanks to many sponsors and donors; Chad Bearden, Case & Barley, and other musicians; Severna Park Taphouse; and many others.
“[Voice COO] Larry Sells and I met through email on May 22, and between May 22 and August 24, they put on a top-notch event, recruiting sponsors, getting raffle items and more,” Payson said. “We’re so thrilled with their effort.”