Casting for a Cure reaches for $100,000 at fifth annual event

Planning for its fifth annual event, the Casting for a Cure team of volunteers and event coordinators set sights on “Catching The Big One” in 2013. With a 2013 goal of raising $30,000 in donations, Casting for a Cure — the fundraising event for Greater Minnesota Fight For a Cure — will achieve its goal to donate more than $100,000 since its inception in 2009.

Through the efforts of community members and Greater Minnesota businesses, Casting for a Cure has donated $70,000 over the past four years. It is in thanks to all of the generous community support and volunteer efforts that Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure has donated funds to the following cancer resources over the past four years: The Coborn Cancer Center, Colon Cancer Screening, Enhancement Programs, Family Grants, the Gorecki Guest House, Hospice care, Quiet Oaks Hospice, Survivorship/Caring Conversations, Case Coordinators and Prayer Blankets.

The Karasch family, who initially started Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure, is inspired by their mother, Sandy Karasch, whom they lost in November 2008 to multiple myeloma. At the age of 56, their mom endured a bone marrow transplant and a painful and exhausting year of battling the disease. Through her cancer journey, and the family’s experience with cancer, they came to appreciate the intensity in which cancer impacts a family and the immense challenge imposed on the doctors, nurses and medical staff that treat cancer patients and their families. The diligent research, resources and support available for those impacted by cancer deeply influence the overall experience for a cancer patient and their family. It is for this reason, and the Karasch family’s personal experiences with cancer, that they have started Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure.

“Cancer is a disease that affects the entire family,” said Marc Vaillancourt, development officer for the CentraCare Health Foundation. “Generous gifts, like the one we received from the Casting For a Cure event, ensures that the Coborn Cancer Center staff can continue to provide the best possible patient- and family-centered care. It also allows us to provide valuable resources to survivors and their families as they receive care.”

To find out more on how to get involved with Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure and Casting for a Cure, contact info@castingforacure.org.

The Casting for a Cure Fish-A-Thon, awards ceremony and celebration of hope is a local event created to bring community together around a favorite Minnesota pastime of fishing while raising money for Greater Minnesota cancer awareness, prevention and resources. Anglers of any age can begin fishing Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 on any body of water in Minnesota to participate in the fifth annual Catch-Photo-Release Fish-A-Thon. Anglers, families and community members alike then meet at the Blue Line Sports Bar in Sartell starting at 2 p.m. to turn in the fish logs with digital pictures and join in the day’s festivities.

Even those who don’t fish and families can have fun in the outdoor activity area, enjoy the large silent auction and register for hourly door prizes. This year will boast even more fun and family friendly outdoor activities including Party Time Inflatables, casting contest, crafts, games and hourly door prizes. The evening of the awards ceremony and celebration of hope is open to the public and free to attend.

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