benefit 2012

Once again I have the impossible task of summarizing our benefit 2012 for pediatric cancer research. As those who attended and know me will attest to – I am seldom at a loss for description. I have always been a person who is readily willing and able to articulate what it is I am experiencing – for better or for worse. Yet, after a week even, I am having trouble formulating the right picture of our event last Friday night. Perhaps some of you on Facebook can be of assistance. But some words do come to mind…

Crowded (1100 people!)
High Energy

And of course the big

Dr. Jensen announced that the first ever clinical trial application from the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research for treating relapsed pediatric leukemia using reprogrammed T-cells was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration! This is a critical first step towards achieving cures. Ben Towne Foundation will continue to raise awareness and funding to further pre-clinical research aimed at developing protocols for leukemia, neuroblastoma, brain cancers and sarcomas, which together account for eighty percent of deaths among children diagnosed with cancer. And we thank you immensely for your participation in this endeavor. It is because of your generosity and willingness to invest in this work that we are moving forward.

Together on Friday we raised $842,000 towards our mission! Which means in 2012 – because of the incredible efforts and generosity of our supporters throughout the year – we have the absolute joy of writing a check to the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research for 1,260,000!

A few words came to mind when we heard this news:


Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

A special thanks to Joel McHale, Dr. Jensen and the Busby family for their participation in our program. And to the rather intoxicated person who told me at the end of the evening that he was voting for me – thank you. I’m glad we can agree on the same platforms – more money for childhood cancer and less Kardashians on TV.


Stay tuned for a picture gallery on Facebook…
And we have a special holiday announcement coming on the 22nd!