We are very excited to share that 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation is awarding 59 collegiate scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year! We are honored to support these remarkable, intelligent, brave young adults who will be attending more than 40 schools in 27 states.
The continued growth of our scholarship program from year to year has been possible with extra assistance from foundations, grants, and families. We are thrilled to welcome our newest partner ~ the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation ~ whose four-year transformational grant anchors our program for the coming years providing opportunities for dozens of deserving young people. Our sincere thanks to the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation!
Last December, the Samuels family gave $ 50,000 to the research team at UT Southwestern Medical Center to further its quest to cure Ewing sarcoma. Family, friends, co-workers, and community members of the Samuels family donated the $ 50,000 in honor of Piper Samuels, who succumbed to Ewing sarcoma last August after a one-year battle. At the check presentation, the Samuels family committed to raising another $ 50,000 in 2018 to continue supporting the UTSW lab’s Ewing sarcoma research. From this commitment, the Samuels family created Piper’s Legacy.
On June 9, 2018, Piper’s Legacy held Rock the Challenge, its first fundraising event. The event included a kid’s obstacle course, face-painting, field activities for smaller children, a silent raffle, and concessions. Excitement and emotion surrounded the successful event, raising over $ 18,000. Smiles on the faces of the attendees were in abundance. Piper’s grace and love were felt throughout the day. Piper’s Legacy is already working hard on its next fundraising event, an adult-only clambake on November 16, 2018, and plans are underway for a Rock the Challenge in 2019.
On Monday June 11th, at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia, we welcomed a fantastic group of golfers, volunteers, and 1M4A friends and special guests. After announcements, a special prayer, the balloon launch, and “Float On,” the golfers were off at 12:12 pm. Dinner and the evening program began a little early due to rain, but we all enjoyed the extra time together. Montana Moore shared his journey and experience fighting Ewing sarcoma and touched everyone gathered. Sara Wagoner, with Children’s of Atlanta, spoke of the support 1M4A has provided to the AFLAC Cancer & Blood Disorders Centers and the Solid Tumor Bio-Repository at the Winship Cancer Center in Atlanta. We celebrated eight Ewing sarcoma warriors and survivors, and their families, who joined us for the evening. A beautiful, meaningful day was capped off with a successful auction supporting our mission.
Thank you to all Georgia Golf & Dinner donors - together, we raised more than $ 77,000 in support of our mission to eradicate Ewing sarcoma!
Introducing TWO New 1M4A Board Members: Kevin Samuels & Steve Scott
Kevin is passionate about finding a cure for Ewing sarcoma after personally experiencing the battle firsthand with his beloved daughter, Piper. Kevin is married to Kari, also Dad to Nolan, and a Private Practice Lawyer, residing in Avon Lake, Ohio. Kevin and Kari have formed “Piper’s Legacy” in partnership with 1 Million 4 Anna, raising funds supporting Ewing sarcoma research.
Steve recently retired after 36 years in Public Accounting with Arthur Anderson and KPMG as an Audit Partner. Steve takes over 1M4A Accounting and Finance responsibilities from Susie Bodnar, who is leaving the Board after serving for three years. Steve and his wife, Joanie, have four adult children, and in his retirement, Steve is enjoying traveling, golf, and yoga.