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How Do You Spell The End of Cancer?

Posted on July 19, 2016, 11:30 AM

When her partner Ann Brewster Jones was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006, Josephine Hicks had a front row seat to the painful treatments and devastating outcomes many cancer patients and their loved ones face. “Ann and I watched the first Stand Up To Cancer telecast together in September of 2008,” remembers Josephine. “We were both taken with SU2C’s fresh approach to collaborative cancer research and the idea of getting new treatments to patients quickly.”

When Ann passed away in February 2010, Josephine wanted to do something in her memory that would also benefit ongoing cancer research. “Ann was a word game person, she loved to play Scrabble and do crossword puzzles,” says Josephine. “A fundraising event for SU2C that was centered around friends playing word games in her memory felt like the perfect fit.”  The first “Spell The End of Cancer” fundraiser was held in the fall of 2010 and featured a game night filled with friends, word games, food, and prizes.

Now in its fifth year, “Spell The End of Cancer” has raised over $50,000 for SU2C’s cancer research programs. New and old friends come out each year to celebrate Ann and spend time together playing “words with friends,” the old fashioned way.  “This event has been a wonderful way to honor Ann each year and give to research that is already making an impact,” says Josephine. “This is not a little fly by night, wing, and a prayer organization; I continue to be impressed that SU2C has major donors who continue to invest in their mission. I know the money we donate through our fundraiser could make a difference.”

Josephine’s #Reasons2StandUp are personal, but she’s also hopeful that better treatments will soon be discovered. She stands in memory of Ann and in honor of everyone who has faced cancer, with hopes that everyone who has cancer will survive and thrive. “All cancers are horrible diseases, that too often take the lives of loved ones much too soon,” says Josephine. “I just believe that there have to be better solutions for patients and that SU2C is going to be one of the organizations to help find them.”

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