Slainte! That’s Irish for good health, and that’s the hope we hold for anyone facing pancreatic cancer. Kelly’s Heroes’ 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party March 24 benefits clinical trials for patients facing pancreatic cancer and scholarships for local students pursuing healthcare careers.
Brand new this year is live music from Ballycastle, plus we’re bringing back the ever-popular Irish buffet catered by Killarney’s, cash bar, Irish dancers, raffle baskets and March Madness on TV. Go Green with us!
Date: March 24, 7 – 11 p.m.
Place: Hightstown American Legion, 895 Route 130
Registration: $30 if purchased by March 14, $35 after that date. Go to our Join Us page to print our mail-in flier or register securely online via PayPal
Thank you for waging hope with us! To learn more about how your support helps increase awareness and funds research for greater survival, check out our 2017 Year in Review.
What can a band of motivated people inspired by the cancer fight of one individual accomplish together? Find out in Thanks to Your Support…our 2017 year-in-review.
Kelly’s Heroes along with its donors, volunteers and sponsors raised thousands of dollars for cancer research, increased awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms and donated to worthy local causes, carrying on Steve Kelly’s fierce hope for better outcomes for those facing pancreatic cancer.
With your help, our efforts this year included:
- Gathering for good, with our annual St. Patrick’s Day Party and Teed Off! Golf Outing raising more than $20,000. We also fielded two teams at PurpleStride in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
- Supporting research, with our fund-raising efforts donated to patient clinical trials and research at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, where Steve Kelly participated in two clinical trials. Kelly’s Heroes-supported researchers Bert Vogelstein, Dung Le, MD, and Lei Zheng, MD, are leading efforts in areas such as introduction of Keytruda, the first immunotherapy drug accepted to the mass market for several types of cancer including a specific type of pancreatic cancer, and development of a liquid biopsy to increase early detection.
- Joining a global effort, through our membership in the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition. Kelly’s Heroes attended the annual conference of this global partnership of nonprofits and joined in the planning and execution of World Pancreatic Cancer Day to raise awareness of the third leading cause of cancer death and educate people about its symptoms.
- Engaging our local community, with donations of gift cards for cancer patients in need at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and scholarships to local high school students pursuing healthcare careers.
Thank you for waging hope with us!
Many cancer patients face financial troubles as they battle their illness through long treatment regimens. Kelly’s Heroes is doing its small part to help this holiday season by donating $500 in gift cards to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The gift cards will be distributed to cancer patients in need to help them defray expenses like meals and gas.
“I can’t thank you enough for your generous support of our program,” said social worker Lauren Kriegel. “Your donation will help to brighten the holidays of our patients.”
Nov. 16 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, and Kelly’s Heroes is raising awareness along with our fellow members of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition.
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent in the United States. Each day an average of 1,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 985 of them will die. With statistics like those, this year’s theme for World Pancreatic Cancer Day is “Demand Better.”
How can you help?
- Wear purple Nov. 16 to show your support, and if you get the opportunity, tell people that you’re wearing purple to increase awareness of the deadliest of all major cancers. Take a photo of yourself in purple and post it to Kelly’s Heroes on Twitter @1kellysheroes or on Facebook at Kelly’s Heroes: Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, and Kerry Kelly will donate $5 for every photo.
- Learn about the symptoms and risk factors of pancreatic cancer. We need more people to be “pancreatic cancer aware” to improve early detection. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include abdominal or back pain, sudden weight loss, jaundice, bloating, indigestion and new onset diabetes. Risk factors can include obesity, smoking and family history. Be your own advocate and push for answers if you are ill and experience these symptoms. People diagnosed early, before the cancer has spread, are candidates for surgery which greatly increases the chances for survival.
- Spread the word. Despite the great toll pancreatic cancer takes — more than 40,000 deaths in the United States each year — it’s often one of the overlooked cancers in terms of awareness and research funding. Visit worldpancreaticcancerday.org to learn more about the global effort to demand better, for patients, for survival.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re waging hope with the help of local restaurants in Hightstown and East Windsor, N.J. In Our Dine Out for Early Detection event, just enjoy a great meal at participating restaurants, show our flier, and a portion of your dinner tab will be donated to Kelly’s Heroes to promote pancreatic cancer research.
[Download our Dine Out for Early Detection flier]
All proceeds will be devoted to research at academic medical centers working to develop an early detection test. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent. The chances of survival increase dramatically if the cancer is caught early, but unfortunately there is no reliable screening test for pancreatic cancer.
Following are the locations and dates of the generous, community-minded restaurants that are participating:
- Nov. 2, 5-9 p.m., 12 Farms, 120 N. Main Street, Hightstown
- Nov. 7, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Byrnes Deli, 117 W. Ward Street, Hightstown
- Nov. 8, Charlie Browns, 60 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor
- Nov. 19, TGIFridays, 319 US Route 130, East Windsor
Kelly’s Heroes is an East Windsor-based 501c3 inspired by Steve Kelly, who participated in two clinical trials to advance pancreatic cancer research. His cancer fight provides a legacy of hope for others facing this deadly disease.
Kelly’s Heroes Teed Off! Golf Outing Oct. 16 raised more than $11,000 to support pancreatic cancer research, thanks to the generous support of golfers, sponsors, donors and others who continue to wage hope in Steve Kelly’s memory.
This year’s total, along with the 85 golfers, marks a new high for the Teed Off! Golf Outing, now in its third year at Mercer Oaks in Princeton Junction, N.J.
Congratulations to the winning foursome of Bob Sobkowiak, Charles Spencer, Mike Reardon and Rich Puntillo, along with Kelly’s Heroes Board member Rich Harbison who kept the tradition alive by winning Steve Kelly’s famous green jacket for coming closest to the pin on hole eight.
Thanks also to our Ace sponsors Blue Rock Construction and Pennsylvania Steel Co., along with Birdie sponsors Habib Law and Bob and Lauren Cottone, for their generous support.
Kelly’s Heroes’ is an all-volunteer organization, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit pancreatic cancer research led by Drs. Bert Vogelstein, Dung Le and Lei Zheng, Steve Kelly’s physician team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, among the world’s preeminent cancer researchers.
There’s still time to register for Kelly’s Heroes 3rd Annual Teed Off! Golf Outing to Fight Pancreatic Cancer Oct. 17 at Mercer Oaks in Princeton Junction, N.J.
Proceeds from this event will benefit The Johns Hopkins Hospitals’ clinical research in immunotherapy and early detection and carry on Steve Kelly’s legacy of waging hope against pancreatic cancer.
Golfers will tee off at 9 a.m. for a shotgun start in a scramble format. Our foursomes will enjoy 18 holes, boxed lunch and beverages, prizes, a raffle and a post-match buffet with dinner and drinks, featuring guest speaker Bill Marimow, two-time Pulitzer prize-winning editor-at-large of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Thank you to our Ace Sponsors Blue Rock Construction and Pennsylvania Steel Co. for their generous support of this important cause.
Visit our Join Us page to download our registration form or sign up online via PayPal.
Kelly’s Heroes is excited to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Marimow, editor-at-large of the Philadelphia Inquirer, as the dinner speaker at the 3rd Annual Teed Off! Golf Outing Oct. 17 at Mercer Oaks in Princeton Junction, N.J. Proceeds from the event will fund clinical trials for pancreatic cancer patients.
Marimow is a two-time winner of journalism’s most coveted prize. Both of his Pulitzers were earned at the Inquirer, the first in 1978 for stories he wrote about criminal violence by Philadelphia police, and a second in 1985 for his investigation of the police K-9 unit. Marimow went on to serve as editor-in-chief at the Inquirer before moving on to become editor of the Baltimore Sun and vice president of news for National Public Radio. He returned to the Inquirer in 2012.
Marimow worked alongside Kelly’s Heroes’ inspiration Steve Kelly in the Inquirer’s legendary Broad Street newsroom. He was a compassionate colleague during Steve’s illness and is now a generous supporter of Kelly’s Heroes.
Marimow will be part of the post-golf dinner buffet starting around 4 p.m. in the Mercer Oaks Clubhouse. Golfers and sponsors will enjoy a full day of golf in a scramble format, with prizes, giveaways, a putting contest and more. Non-golfers are welcome to register for the dinner only, with raffle prizes and Bill Marimow’s keynote remarks. Go to our Join Us page to download the mail-in registration form, or register online using PayPal.
By Kerry McKean Kelly
If you’re not watching “First in Human,” you’re missing a beautiful ode to the human spirit.
“First in Human,” a three-part documentary airing on the Discovery Channel, tells the stories inside Building 10 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. It’s there that people with rare and particularly insidious diseases go for help when all other medical treatments have failed them. They are human guinea pigs, eking out their last sparks of hope from cutting-edge treatments that have never before been tried in humans.
I watched the first episode chronicling the journeys of people with cancer, sickle cell disease and the rare Job syndrome in fascination at this amazing place with brave patients and smart, committed physicians and researchers. The second episode, out of nowhere, had me crying. It proved far too real for me after being a close witness to Steve’s fighting spirit through two clinical trials. Emotions rushed back through so many scenes from the documentary:
- Cancer patient Bo, a young athlete left pale, thin and with tubes and ports snaking out of the body that he had worked so hard to keep strong and healthy
- Deirdre, a 39-year-old with sickle cell disease, grimacing and shifting in her hospital bed as she quietly endured the pain wracking her body
- And adorable 7-year-old Lucy, whose mom and dad’s smiles served as a dam against what certainly must have been torrents of fear, grief and anger as their little girl endured countless invasive procedures for the autoimmune condition Job syndrome.
I recognized, too, the calm and reassuring physicians and researchers, always careful to offer hope without guarantees, always mindful that they operate in a realm where there is no prior experience and no certain answers.
As Steve’s cancer progressed, he had begun the very early stages of enrolling in a clinical trial at NIH. It was a last grasp at a cure – or at least a few more years of survival. In the end, it wasn’t to be. Enrollment of pancreatic cancer patients in that particular trial had been temporarily suspended, and very soon thereafter Steve’s condition had worsened to a point that he probably couldn’t have endured the treatments anyway.
As I watch “First in Human,” there are certainly some “what-ifs.” But yesterday’s what-ifs have no relevance today. Instead, I am left inspired by the spirit and passion of the patients and healthcare professionals inside Building 10. And I am reminded anew of the heroism of clinical trial participants, like Steve, whose legacy is hope.
Go to www.discovery.com for the latest episode and air dates of “First in Human.”
Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Teed Off! Golf Outing Oct. 17 at Mercer Oaks in Princeton Junction, N.J. Click here for registration and sponsorship details.
Tee-off is at 9 a.m. in a four-man best ball scramble format. New to this year’s outing is a post-golf dinner buffet, with drinks, in the Mercer Oaks clubhouse. We’ll have prizes, giveaways, a silent auction and more — just as Steve Kelly would wish to be remembered. All proceeds benefit clinical trials for pancreatic patients at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. We hope you can join us.