Less than a year after former Severna Park resident Katherine Mueller was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) in November 2018, her family organized the inaugural Fight NET Cancer With Katherine, a fundraiser at Severna Park Taphouse. The concert-like event raised more than $73,000 for the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF), and a West Coast donor matched the funds, bringing the total to about $146,000.
There was no event this year due to COVID-19, but NETRF is trying to fund a research project in honor of Mueller. The $100,000 research project that could potentially be named after Mueller would be a pilot project focused on her rare type of cancer, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs). The goal is to raise $27,000, which will amount to $100,000 when paired with the funds from the 2019 fundraiser. Family members Larry and Robin Sells have pledged $5,000, but they need help getting to the finish line.
“To date, NETRF has funded over $26 million in NET research,” Mueller said. “During my two years of battling cancer, I have directly benfited in many ways from the research accomplished by NETRF-funded projects. I know how critical it is to support these scientists and studies focused on improving and expanding treatment options for NETs, because my life and the lives of countless others depend on it.”
The deadline for donations is December 31, 2020. See the fundraising page at www.netrf.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/katherine-mueller-net-research-fund. Send checks made out to NETRF to Robin and Larry Sells, 309 Locust Thorn Court, Millersville, MD 21108.