Registration for The Drew O’Donoghue Fund 2016 Golf Outing is now open!
We look forward to reuniting with our many friends and family, on July 25, 2016 at the Stanton Ridge Country Club in Whitehouse Station, NJ and we hope that you will be able to be a part of this year’s outing.
The Drew O’Donoghue Fund Golf Outing has, over the past two years, proven to be a key element in our fundraising efforts to fight Adrenocortical Cancer. The 2014 outing raised over $50,000 while last year’s outing raised over $60,000! At the core of its success is the generous participation of you. You are the heart of this foundation; you are the reason we’ve been able to, in just two years, help directly fund ACC research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, with Dr. Gary Hammer at the helm, as well as provide funding for a trial ACC study at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC under the careful stewardship of Dr. Diane Reidy. These on-going initiatives are making a real world impact - right now - in the fight against ACC.
We’d like to thank our corporate sponsors whose continued generous support is so critical in not only providing the foundation upon which our broader fundraising efforts stand, but whose contributions are making a real-time impact in the fight against Adrenocortical Cancer.
And we’d like to thank all of you individuals - and families – whose continued generosity not only directly supports ACC research but also expands the reach of The Drew O’Donoghue Fund, something that is critical in reaching our ultimate goals of finding effective treatments for ACC and, one day, a cure.
On behalf of The Drew O’Donoghue Fund Board, we thank you!
The Drew O’Donoghue Fund
"dance for a chance" hosted at hunterdon central h.S.
April 19, 2016
Hunterdon Central Regional High School hosted its first ever Dance Marathon, "Dance for a Chance" on Saturday April 9, 2016 in the H.C.R.H.S. Fieldhouse. Students and family members danced for eight straight hours to raise funds for the fight against cancer. The event was modeled after Penn State's "THON" and went from 2pm-10pm. Throughout the day, there were activities such as Zumba, "Minute to Win It" challenges, Lip Sync Battles and a performance from the H.C.R.H.S. Dance Team. Also, senior, Phoebe Stein donated her hair to a child in need in front of the crowd! The night concluded with "Inspiration Hour" in which we heard from individuals personally affected by cancer, including Drew O'Donoghue's father, Sean O'Donoghue.
The event raised $6,425 for The Drew O'Donoghue Fund and The Valerie Fund which which provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.
We'd like to thank all those who participated in making this event such a resounding success!
And, if you missed the event this year, be sure to look out for it in 2017. We hope to make this an annual event!
Torie Grice and Tina Wyatt Go the distance for the Drew Fund
March 20, 2016.
On March 19th and 20th 2016, Torie Grice and Tina Wyatt headed to Virginia Beach to take part in the annual Shamrock Marathon, a weekend racing event (started in 1973 and sponsored by Yuengling) that combines a full marathon, a half marathon, and an 8k run over the course of "St. Patrick's Day weekend" each March.
While even the most seasoned runners might be daunted by the weekend's schedule of events, Torie and Tina literally hit the ground running with fearless abandon!
Torie completed the 'Whale Challenge' by running an 8k on Saturday and then a full marathon on Sunday. Tina ran her first half marathon on Sunday, after having run the 8k on Saturday with Torie (and Torie's Dad!).
Throughout their training, Torie and Tina raised over $4,700 for The Drew O'Donoghue Fund, surpassing their initial goal!
Tina Wyatt and Drew O'Donoghue grew up together, living just down the street from each other. The Wyatt and O'Donoghue families have been close friends ever since Drew and Tina's brother Jim became best friends going back to their pre-school days. And, Tina tells us that although Torie never met Drew, it was Torie who asked Tina if it would be alright to run the marathon in Drew's name and help raise money for The Drew O'D Fund. Tina was overwhelmed with gratitude and made an on-the-spot decision to run her own first half marathon that weekend so they could raise money together.
We'd like to congratulate both young women on such a remarkable accomplishment! We thank each of you for your dedication to the cause and tireless efforts in raising funds for The Drew O'Donoghue Fund which, thanks to your contributions, will continue making substantial progress in its effort to fund A.C.C. research.
hunterdon central varsity cheerleaders Raise funds in style
March 18, 2016
The Hunterdon Central Varsity Cheerleaders presented "Reflections - A Fashion Show" on March 18, 2016, in the Little Theater at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, in Flemington, NJ. The team members and their escorts modeled this year's prom fashions for the upcoming junior and senior proms. The evening's event raised $2,700 with the proceeds being donated to The Drew O'Donoghue Fund.
The Drew O'Donoghue Fund would like to extend a heartfelt 'Thank you!' to all of the evening's participants in the fashion show, and attendees of the show, particularly to those students who so generously donated their time (and looked spectacular doing so!).
Grace Ashforth Runs Half Marathon in honor of Drew AND Raises over $2k for Cancer Research
March 22, 2015
Grace Ashforth of Whitehouse Station, NJ participated in the Publix Half Marathon in Atlanta, Georgia, running the 13.1 mile course in honor of Drew O’Donoghue while raising $2,183 to support cancer research. All donations were made in Drew’s name to The Regents of The University of Michigan and will be earmarked for cancer research.
Grace grew up watching her brother Hank and Drew play soccer together. Early in 2015 she began to think about “how one person can actually make a difference if he/she tries. And so I decided to at least try,” she said. Running for a cause “kept me honest about my runs so if I wanted to stop I just wouldn’t let myself because I wasn’t doing it for me, I was doing it for Drew.”
Grace, who is one of roughly 16,000 participants who laced up to run, covered the course in 2 hours and 22 minutes. Additionally, she exceeded her initial fundraising goal of $1500 and hopes she showed “a lot of [her] friends - and everybody - that it’s possible to make an impact on something important to you.”
The Drew O'Donoghue Fund would like to congratulate Grace on her great accomplishment! We thank her for honoring Drew and for making such a meaningful and substantial contribution toward cancer research.
Hunterdon Central High School's 2015 Fashion Show benefits the Drew O'Donoghue Fund
RARITAN TWP., March 6 - Members of the Hunterdon Central High School varsity cheerleading team and their escorts raised funds for The Drew O'Donoghue Fund at their annual fashion show on March 6 at J.P Case Middle School.
The evening's commentary was provided by Head Coach Lauren Del Rosso and assistant coaches Breanne Pratt and Jenna Fuhrman, while DJ Dan provided musical entertainment.
Drew's father, Sean O'Donoghue, also spoke at the event.
Dresses and tuxedos were supplied by David's Bridal in Lawrenceville, Jos A Bank in Flemington and Men's Wearhouse in Somerville.
The girls' hair was styled by Flemington hair salons A Cut Above Hair Studio, Crystal & Company Hair Salon, Dolce Vita Salon & Spa, Evolutions Salon and Markirk Salon in Whitehouse Station.
Makeup was provided by students in the Hunterdon County Polytech Esthetics Program in the school's Adult Continuing Education program.
For more details and photos from the event, please see the full write-up by Christine Lee (of the Hunterdon County Democrat) over at NJ.com.
The Drew O'Donoghue Fund would like to thank all those who participated in this event for their support and generosity.
JENNIFER KEMPER, VILLANOVA CLASS OF 2012, CRUISES THROUGH THE 2014 NYC MARATHON RAISING OVER $5K FOR CANCER RESEARCH!
November 2, 2014
Jennifer Kemper, Villanova class of 2012, took to the cold, hard streets of New York City for the 2014 New York City Marathon dedicating her run to Drew O'Donoghue with her sights set on hitting a goal of $5,000 in pledges for cancer research in Drew's name. Facing a windy and cooler-than-ideal November day, Jennifer not only completed the marathon in an impressive 4 hours, 19 minutes but also exceeded her fundraising goal by reaching a total of $5,395.
Drew and Jennifer grew up in neighboring towns in New Jersey and both not only studied at the Villanova School of Business, but also studied Chinese and shared a passion for playing the piano.
"I've met so many of Drew's family and friends along the way- and they have all been such positive, encouraging people. Then again, it doesn't surprise me - as that's just the kind of guy Drew was too."
The total amount raised by Jennifer was donated to The Regents of The University of Michigan in Drew's name and will be earmarked for cancer research.
The entire O'Donoghue Family, and the extended family and friends of The Drew O'Donoghue Fund, would like to send Jennifer a huge "Thank you!" for dedicating such a challenging endeavor to Drew and for her hard work in raising such critical funds for cancer research.
Supporters of the Drew O'Donoghue Fund head to metlife stadium foR JETS VS. STEELERS OUTING
November 9, 2014
Sunny MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ was the setting for the Drew Fund's Jets vs. Steelers fundraising outing. The event, coordinated by cousins Liam Kristinnsson, Patrick O'Donoghue (Drew's brother) and Greg Vogel, had nearly fifty people in attendance to see a rare Jets victory over the visiting Steelers.
Drew grew up as an avid Steelers fan but, despite Jillian Nealon's custom-made "DrewStrong Terrible Towels," a victory was not in the cards as the Steelers fell to a surprisingly sharp Jets team. The tailgate before the game provided a bounty of food and drink with barbecue duties handled by Benn O'Hara and Glenn Rosenbower, and while the game's outcome fell short of what many there had hoped, certainly no one left hungry!
The Drew O'Donoghue Fund, would like to thank all those people who worked so hard to make is event happen!