8,000 Teenagers with cancer given teen support bags
Even after a challenging 2020 with Covid, the foundation was still able to send out more Teen Support Bags across the country with almost another 1,000 being shipped out in 2020. There are almost 150 hospitals in Bite Me Cancer's network, allowing teenagers in all states and DC to receive a bag.
The 2020 Annual Wine Dinner is Cancelled Due to Covid.
Originally, our annual wine dinner was postponed from April 25, 2020 to October 4, 2020. We have now made the decision to cancel the event due to the ongoing Covid challenges. We will celebrate this year's 10th anniversary and Nikki's 10th "cancerversary" in 2021.
July 2020 Awarded 7th Thyroid Cancer Research Grant
Bite Me Cancer chosen a grant directed by Dr. Cristina Montero-Conde, PhD, Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain, entitled “Discovering novel molecular nodes involved in MTC development and evolution.” This research project has the potential to identify molecular events that confer an outgrowth advantage to the tumor but at the same time a greater dependence on specific oncogenes or molecular networks. Therefore, such alterations could predict enhanced responses to selective molecules, such as the RET-targeted inhibitors Blu-667 (submitted for FDA approval) and LOXO-292 (recently FDA approved. In addition, the results of this proposal will generate the first map of allelic imbalance events in MTC.
$1 Million in Funds Raised
September 5, 2019 – When Nikki began fundraising in April 2010, it was a week after her cancer diagnosis. She decided right away to lead a Relay for Life team for American Cancer Society and named her team Bite Me Cancer. She and her team raised $22,000 and catapulted her into developing Bite Me Cancer as a foundation. During the following year, she led another Relay for Life Team. When her foundation began in September 2010, she also began to raise funds through the foundation. This week, she reached $1 million in funds raised!
9th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser
Bite Me Cancer held it's anniversary celebration to highlight that the foundation was formed in September 2010 by Nikki Ferraro who was 17 years old at the time, only 5 months after her own cancer diagnosis. Since Bite Me Cancer began, 6 thyroid cancer research grants have made with those 6 research projects underway. Also, Bite Me Cancer has sent 6,300 Teen Support Bags to teenagers battling all cancers throughout the country to 120 hospitals within 47 states and DC.
6th Thyroid Cancer Research Grant Recipent Chosen
Bite Me Cancer designated its researcher who is Dr. Anthanasios Bikas, Georgetown University/MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His 2-year research grant is titled “Targeting Mitochondrial Cytochrome-C-Oxidase for the Treatment of MTC.” MTC is Medullary Thyroid Cancer. This current grant is a partnership of Bite Me Cancer and the Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association (ThyCa) and is managed by the American Thyroid Association
8th Anniversary Party and Fundraiser
Bite Me Cancer, a national nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, VA, celebrated it's 8th anniversary with a party! It also announced that it has raised more than $800,00 to support teenagers with all cancers and fund thyroid cancer research grants, and has personally reached out to more than 5,200 teens hospitalized with cancer providing them with much needed teen support.