Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Help raise money to fund research for treatments and cures for childhood cancer research at the sixth annual Chase After a Cure Gala featuring American Idol finalist Elise Testone.
The Golden Gala is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. in Charleston. This black-tie optional gala features food from top local restaurants, an open bar and a live and silent auction. Tickets went on sale Friday, Nov. 8 for a special rate of $75 each. After that, the price is $100 per person. Presenting sponsors are Event DRS and Cornerstone Wealth and Tax Advisory Group.
Additionally tickets will be discounted to $85 on Dec. 13 only and then on Jan. 4, tickets will be $10 off the regular price in celebration of Chase Ringler’s 10th birthday. Also watch for ticket giveaway promotions on the Chase After a Cure Facebook page. To purchase tickets, visit www.chaseafteracuregala.com.
Cancer is the No. 1 cause of disease-related death among children. About 13,400 children between birth and age 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Just at the Medical University of South Carolina, about 60 children are diagnosed annually.
“This year we chose the ‘golden’ theme because gold is the color that represents childhood cancer and we want everyone who attends to become fully aware of the realities of childhood cancer and the need for additional treatment options for these children,” said Adam White, executive director of Chase After a Cure. “The money raised at this event goes directly to pediatric cancer research being done right here in our community.”
About 400 people attended the 2013 Chase After a Cure Gala, raising $125,000 – far surpassing the $72,000 raised in 2012.
Money raised at the Golden Gala benefits research being done at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. This research laboratory is the only such lab in South Carolina dedicated to translational pediatric cancer research, specifically neuroblastoma, which has one of the lowest survival rates of all pediatric cancers and is the third most common cancer among children.
Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville resident Whitney Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Chase survived and is now a healthy 9-year-old and a symbol of hope for childhood cancer awareness in Charleston.
In addition to raising money for childhood cancer research, the Chase After a Cure Gala is an opportunity to celebrate survivors of neuroblastoma and honor those who have passed away as a result of this disease.