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The Redeemer Parish Day School, hosted a Trike-a-thon to help raise money for pediatric cancer research at Johns Hopkins.  The participants in this fundraiser ranged from 2-6 years old and included an array of different forms of mobile fun including bikes, trikes, and scooters.


Zachary Hebda Foundation Annual Gala

Hebda Gala

On Saturday, September 25, the Zachary Hebda Foundation's Annual Gala raised money for childhood cancer research and Camp Sunrise.  The foundation was made in honor of Zachary, who lost his battle with cancer many years ago.  The foundation hosts the gala and a 5K run to support pediatric cancer research.
The gala presented a beautiful retrospective video including ambassadors who have spoken at the gala for the past four years.  Current ambassador, Kaitlyn Dorman, stood up to tell the guests why she loves Camp Sunrise and can’t wait to go back this year.


Black Faculty and Staff Association Masquerade Ball


The 20th Celebration of the BFSA at Johns Hopkins University was held Friday April 17th at Martin’s West.  The BFSA used this night to raise money for the Pediatric Oncology Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplant research.  Johns Hopkins Faculty member and Pediatric Oncology Advisory Council member, Caroline Laguerre Brown spoke about the life saving haploidentical bone marrow transplant her son received at Hopkins.


Orioles Baseball Player Zach Britton Visits Pediatric Oncology Patients


Orioles’ pitcher, Zach Britton, visited the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology in April to promote the campaign to Strike Out Cancer, which donates 25% of t-shirts purchased to childhood cancer research at Hopkins.  The hospital visit went very well as Zach spent over two hours visiting children in the hospital signing autographs, posing for pictures, and giving out Orioles’ merchandise.  To support Zach’s work to Strike Out Cancer, purchase a black and orange t-shirt today.
On Monday night, Pediatric Oncology patient, Elijah Davis, threw out the first pitch at the Oriole game against the New York Yankees.  Zach Britton gave him a tour of the locker rooms before leading him out on the field.  Elijah stood on the pitcher’s mound and threw the ball with all his might and passed the home plate line!  Great job Elijah! 


Dance Fundraiser

dance fundraiser

On Saturday, April 11th, at the American Legion in Reisterstown, Mr. Dean Jones held a fundraiser to support Pediatric Oncology.  His guests danced the night away after enjoying great food and witty banter from the host.  


Ace Deming Foundation

The Ace Deming Foundation hosted a fun event in the great room for any children and families at Johns Hopkins on Thursday!  Special appearances from Iron Man, Super Man, Ariel, Snow White, Capatin America and many of their friends.  Anna and Elsa from Frozen sang two of their favorite songs, Do Want to Build a Snowman? and Let it Go.  After this musical performance, the crowd was amazed by a talented magician who could juggle anything!  Last but not lease was the hysterical comedy of our favorite clown Dr. Boots.


Maryland Women's Basketball Camp Sunrise Night

MD basketball

Maryland's Women's Basketball invited Camp Sunrise participants to join the Terps as special guests for the annual Team Tyler Day, which promoting pediatric cancer awareness. Campers and their families were given ticket to attend this game. Before the game started campers went on the court for a pre-game recognition.


Tanner's Touch Casino Night


Another successful event to benefit Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology. Particpants enjoyed a night of gambling and philanthropy. Tanner also celebrated 5 years of being cancer free.


The 8th Annual Jane M. Johnston Bull Roast

bull roast

The Bull Roast to benefit Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology took place on Friday, February 27 from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Two ambassador’s, Quincy and Kaitlyn, spoke about their treatment and time at Camp Sunrise. The foundation was started in honor of Alex Johnston’s late wife, who had hoped to start an organization for children with cancer before she died of cancer. Alex continued her dream and has spent the last eight years improving the lives of children with cancer.


Camp Sunrise Happy Hour

Thank you to everyone who came to support Camp Sunrise at Alexander’s Tavern on Friday, January 23rd. We had a great turnout and so much fun raising money for our favorite camp!

Proceeds from the Happy Hour benefit Camp Sunrise


Outback Charity Event


On Wednesday, January 21, Outback Steakhouse opened its doors for the first time in the Towne Centre in Laurel. Outback Steakhouse chose Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology to receive 50% of the profits (up to $5000) for the grand opening. Thank you to Outback!


Andrew J. Bentz Bull and Oyster Roast

The 7th Annual Andrew Bentz Bull and Oyster Roast was held October 25th from 8:00pm-midnight at the Heritage Parkville Gardens. This event included food, beverages, and a fun night of games, raffles, and dancing.

This event is held in memorial of Andew Bentz, who passed away from pediatric leukemia and complications of graft vs. Host Disease in 2008. All funds are donated to Andrew’s doctor, Dr. Allen Chen, who researches better treatments for Graft vs. Host Disease.


Park Police Golf Tournament

Park Police Event

The 13th Annual Golf Tournament presented by the Officers of the United States Park Police FOP and the Outback Steakhouse, was held November 3rd, 2014. All proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology.

Ambassador Kaitlyn Dorman and her mom Mary spent the day learning to drive a golf cart and greeting everyone who participated. During the awards and reception, she gave an inspirational speech to put a face on where there donations were going.


Zaching Against Cancer - Living the Dream

The Zaching Against Cancer held their first formal fundraising event on November 7. This unique event was held at the Sports Legend Museum by Camden Yards. Guests enjoyed the museum while dining on ball park themed food. Zachary’s doctor, Ken Cohen, gave a speech about Zachary and the power of medicine and forward thinking research. Lauren Murphy, ambassador and Johns Hopkins employee, also spoke about her illness, treatment with Ken Cohen (also her doctor) and the global impact of Zaching.

The Zaching Against Cancer Foundation holds several fundraising events a year to fund research for childhood cancer.Learn more about their organization.



Bryce Foundation Luncheon


The Bryce Foundation was created in remembrance of Bryce Michael Anderson, who was a pediatric oncology patient at the Johns Hopkins from May 2005-April 2006. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage excellence in pediatric oncology nursing at Johns Hopkins.

The awards are presented annually to 4 nurses. The recipients are determined by patient or family nomination and an award review committee. Along with recognition of outstanding efforts, each recipient received a $1,000 cash award and will be honored a luncheon. Congratulations to this year’s winners Debbie Gries, Kelly Davidson, Julie Sussan and Liz McGrain for going the extra mile!


The 30th Annual Children’s Cancer Foundation Gala: A Star Spangled Celebration


The 30th Annual Children’s Cancer Foundation Gala was held Saturday, October 19, 2014 from 7 – midnight at Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville. Faculty, staff, and two patient ambassador families attended this glamorous night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. President of Giant Food LLC, Gordon Reid, was honored with the 2014 Gift of Life Award for Giant’s unwavering support for childhood cancer research.

Dr. Christopher Gamper and Dr. Charles Eberhart from the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology each received a grant from the Children’s Cancer Foundation to continue the novel research being done to find better treatment and cures for childhood cancer.


Outback Steakhouse Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Over 350 people played in this amateur golf tournament to support Outback Steakhouse’s efforts to raise money for Pediatric Oncology research at Johns Hopkins. Golfers enjoyed Outback Steakhouse food and hospitality on two beautiful 18-hole courses. After a fun day when rounds were completed, golfers enjoyed an Aussie dinner and an awards ceremony where prizes are awarded to winning teams and individuals. Johns Hopkins patient ambassador, Quincy Jones, spoke to the golfers to tell them about his two times with cancer and how thankful he is to celebrate with Outback that he is cancer free! He even did a little celebratory dance at the end!

Competition is friendly and fun, while the ultimate goal remains to help children fight cancer.


The Second Annual Ace Deming Memorial Golf Outing

The Second Annual Ace Deming Memorial Golf Outing to benefit brain cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology was held October 4, 2014. Ace battled an aggressive pediatric brain tumor for eight months before his passing in March 2013 at the age of three. The Annual Golf Outing donates all proceeds to Ace’s physician, Dr. Eric Raabe and his research team to help children who are treated for Medulloblastoma and other pediatric brain cancers.

More information about the life of Ace Deming and the Memorial Fund created in his honor.


Second Annual Harvest Ball

harvest ball

The Second Annual Harvest Ball took place on Saturday, October 27th. Patients and families currently in treatment and maintenance we invited to get fancy and come to the hospital for a fun night with their treatment friends.

The 11th floor clinic was transformed in Harvest wonderland. Hair, make-up, accessories and sparkles were available through volunteer beauticians before the start of the Ball. After getting all glammed up, patients and families walked the red carpet to get their picture taken. Professional photographers took fun portraits that were provided to the families cost free. The kids hustled their way into the Great Room, which was covered with Fall décor. Twenty seven patients accompanied by their parents, siblings, and friends got to spend a fun night together not worrying about chemo, germs or sickness – just being kids and dancing the night away!


Zaching Against Cancer 5K

zach's run

The 1st annual Zaching Against Cancer 5K was held on September 20, at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The 5K kicked-off the Woodstoc ROC festival that brings together music, food and fun to raise money for cancer related charities. This event honored the memory of Zachary Lederer and all proceeds benefited the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization established to provide support to cancer patients and their support networks including cancer research, patient expenses, and college scholarships.


Hyundai Hope on Wheels


On Thursday, September 18th, Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology was honored to be part of the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Celebration of Life Gala ending their 2014 campaign. Hyundai has donated over $85 Million dollars to pediatric cancer research since the beginning of their campaign in 1998. Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology is a long time recipient of their grants and is thrilled to be continue to be part of this wonderful organization.


Steppin’ Out for Camp Sunrise 5K

stepping out for camp sunrise

The first ever Steppin’ Out for Camp Sunrise 5K was held Sunday, September 7th to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Camp. This event was organized by the family of a long time camper and three time cancer survivor. This event was wildly successful and will help support the children who attend Camp Sunrise in 2015. Thanks for your support!


BayRidge Swim-a-thon


Susie and her father Bruce Reiter host the swim-a-thon every year to show their thanks to the doctors and nurses at Johns Hopkins. The BayRidge Marlins swim-a-thon has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the more than ten years it has been held in Annapolis. Susie and her father are determined to help find new and better treatment s for children with cancer. Proceeds of this event are donated to cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology.


Outback Steakhouse Clay Shoot to Benefit the Division of Pediatric Oncology

The 14th Annual Charity Clay Classic is a popular shooting clays tournament which directly benefits the Division of Pediatric Oncology Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University.� And with your help we made this a successful event and take steps closer to finding the cure for cancer.

Aleph Bet Jewish Day School 2014 Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk

The first annual Aleph Bet Jewish Day School 5K fun run/walk was held, May 18 at the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis. Funds were raised to benefit the division of pediatric oncology at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.


Camp Sunrise Gala

On Saturday, May 10 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, we celebrated 27 years of Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise. The Gala was an enjoyable night of giving, sharing, and fun - all to benefit Camp Sunrise, a one week cost free pediatric cancer camp serving over 120 families each year. More than 300 guests gathered at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley to change a child's life. Ava Marie from WBAL - Channel 11 served as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Read more about this year's Gala


Recap of events held throughout the year to benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Division of Pediatric Oncology

Staying Connected Event

Staying Connected with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society held their annual “Staying Connected” program at Towson University to inform students majoring in family studies to inform them about pediatric cancer in the school system and give them the knowledge to better cope with this situation when it occurs. Karen is a two time leukemia survivor. She recently relapsed after almost 10 years in remission. Karen was the first of five of her friends to relapse in just a few months. Karen made sure each of her friends had the support they needed by reaching out to their peers and making them a hundred link paper chain with messages on each one – one to read every day after their bone marrow transplant.

10th Annual Zachary Hebda Gala

Hebda Gala

The 10th annual Zachary Hebda gala benefitted the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology. The gala was held Saturday, April 5th and the Naval Academy stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The night included a formal sit down dinner, live and silent auction, and video of the pediatric oncology ambassador, Austin . Austin stood up to personally thank the guests and let them know about his favorite summer activity, the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology camp, Camp Sunrise.

Zachary Hebda passed in 1999 after developing an infection from his bone marrow transplant. In memory of Zachary, his parents founded The Zachary Hebda Foundation fourteen years ago. Today, the Hebda Foundation holds two annual events, the 5K and Gala to support pediatric cancer research at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Camp Sunrise.

We thank them for their continued support and friendship. Learn more about The Zachary Hebda Foundation.


Jane M. Johnston Bull Roast

Bull roastThe Bull and Oyster Roast was held on February 28, 2014 to support the Johns Hopkins run Camp Sunrise. The Foundation is committed to holding annual events to raise money for Camp Sunrise. We are so appreciative of the Jane M. Johnston Foundation for holding this "all you can eat" oyster and pit beef event.

(Pictured left: Stephanie Davis with Alex Johnston, founder of The Jane M. Johnston Foundation)


Hyundai Hope on Wheels

Hope On Wheels
Hyundai dealers presented Dr. Eric Raabe in the Division of Pediatric Oncology with a check for $75,000 on July 11 at Johns Hopkins. Raabe has been selected as a 2012 Hyundai Scholar and the donation will support his research focusing on brain cancers.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. Since the program’s inception in 1998, Hyundai has pledged $42 million for childhood cancer research in the U.S. Hyundai held a Handprint Ceremony to honor the brave children receiving treatment here, some of whom are with us today to add their handprints to the Hope on Wheels Hyundai Tucson.

Read more about Hyundai Hope on Wheels





13th Annual Zack's Run

The 13th Annual Zack's Run was held Sunday, September 23rd at the University of Maryland, College Park. The 5K and 1 mile family walk was attended by over 200 participants.

Zack's Run

The event was presented by the Hebda Foundation along with AT&T Government Solutions and monies raised will benefit the division of pediatric oncology and Camp Sunrise.


Chesapeake Garden Pulllers Tractor Pull

Tractor Pull

The Chesapeake Garden Pullers raised over $1,950 for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Division on September 15. This year doubled last year's benefit pull. In the photo to the left is Clyde Schuyler, the President of the Chesapeake Garden Pullers Club with Kathy Ruble, Ph.D. of the Pediatric Oncology Division.




Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Pediatric Oncology facilities are located in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.




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