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Holiday Lights for Cancer Research

One Family’s Amazing Fundraising Efforts Light Up an Entire Community

Pete and Sherri Kimbell have a holiday tradition in Indian Trail, NC that delights their community and raises money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. By combining their sparkling lights display with their sparkling personalities, they have raised over $15,000 for NFCR so far.

Joan’s Story


Photo: (left to right) Sherri, Joan and Pete Kimbell

In 2012, Pete’s mother, Joan, was unfortunately diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. But earlier that year, Pete, an IT Manager and Sherri, a receptionist for a local dermatologist, decided to combine their talents and create an amazing holiday light display to wow their friends and neighbors. So, while Joan’s diagnosis was troubling, it led to a new undertaking – a light-display fundraiser.

The family was fortunate – a drug was available to arrest the growth of Joan’s tumor. And, after conducting their own research, the Kimbells learned that this particular drug was created as a result of a scientist’s work funded by the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Because of this, the couple decided 100% of the money they collect during the light display would go to NFCR. Donations like this enable NFCR to continue funding pancreatic cancer research and find the most effective treatments for patients like Joan.

A Dazzling Display

Now in its fifth year, Pete and Sherri’s light display includes over 45,000 individual LED lights and uses nearly 140,000 channels of electricity. The LED lights are individually controlled and every bulb can change color. Onlookers view changing flashes of color that are swept across the couple’s house in all types of patterns and styles synchronized to upbeat holiday tunes.

The annual display begins taking shape in September and, as Peter and Sherri set up, they include new display items they have been hand building throughout the year. Pete is the tireless engineer behind this enterprise, but he gushes about his wife. “Sherri is the creative force; she keeps me in line and reminds me not to go overboard,” says Pete. It’s clear that love, effort and ingenuity come together to create this memorable experience.

What a Bright Time, It’s the Right Time, to Rock the Night Away

Situated on a lovely cul-de-sac, the Kimbells’ illuminated home attracts people from miles away and shines a much-needed light on cancer research. The cars, bursting with family members, flock to the repeating 20-minute display that is synchronized to carefully-selected familiar music and eagerly anticipate what the Kimbells have dreamt up this year.

People are willing to wait for an hour because they know they will not be disappointed. Pete and Sherri greet every visitor personally and enthusiastically hand out candy canes. The candy-cane method allows the couple to count how many people attended –  in 2015, it was more than 5,000! Local nursing homes bring residents in buses and these seniors often get out for a closer look and share stories about how cancer has affected their families. Quite often, spontaneous dancing ensues!

Pete and Sherri never expected their light display would become such a beloved and well-attended attraction. They have created a local tradition and have become significant contributors to cancer research. The icing on the cake? Nobody enjoys the light display more than Joan, the original inspiration for this fundraising effort.

Visit or Support in 2017

The Kimbell’s Garden Oak Holiday Lights will be on display from November 25, 2017, to December 31, 2017. You can visit on school nights from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and
all other nights from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm

4026 Garden Oak Drive, Indian Trail, NC  28079

To learn more about this wonderful light display and/or make a donation, please visit the website


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Party4Life 2016 & the Lucy Fund

Ongoing Fundraising Efforts Seek to Find a Cure for Metastatic Cancer

Over eight years ago, Lucy Stanovick began efforts to educate others about metastatic cancer and fund research to find cures. Her story in terms of an unfortunate diagnosis may be common, but her story of giving and organizing is truly unique. To this day, over $200,000 has been raised in Lucy’s name for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. This is her story…

Lucy’s Story

Lucy Stanovick found out she had Stage IV metastatic breast cancer on April 1, 2008 – she was just 42 years old. Lucy was an English professor, writer, devoted wife and mother of two and she was – understandably – blindsided by this diagnosis. She had always been health-conscious, did self-exams and received yearly mammograms, yet cancer still found its way in. In fact, her previous mammogram in July 2007 came back normal – no signs of cancer. Less than one year later, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Lucy did not sit idly by as she fought her own health battles. For the next four years, Lucy educated the public about metastasis and became involved in initiatives aimed to stop the spread of cancer. It was Lucy’s goal to see metastatic cancer become chronic, not deadly, so that one day when someone you love walks into a doctor’s office and gets told they have metastatic cancer, the prognosis will not be terminal.  Sadly, as the summer of 2012 came to an end, so did Lucy’s life—she passed away at the age of 46.

Lucy’s Legacy

Metastasis causes more than 90% of cancer-related deaths, but receives less than 5% of the funding.

To educate others and raise money for research, Lucy gathered friends and family in 2008 for an all-day, all-night affair she called Party4Life.  Two years later, in partnership with NFCR, Lucy created the Lucy Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research. These efforts have since grown to include even more events and a larger community of supporters dedicated to advancing leading-edge research for metastatic breast cancer.

Lucy selflessly fought for future generations. Her passion lives on and your generous support helps keep her spirit alive.

Party4Life 2016

This year’s Party4Life was hosted by Lucy’s son’s coed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, at his alma mater, Susquehanna University.

Under the leadership of Chapter President Vickie Smith, Party4Life incorporated the theme of Monsters University and featured food, games, speakers, and all around fun!

To support their incredible fundraising efforts and support metastatic cancer research, visit


Dr. Danny Welch directs the NFCR Center for Metastasis Research in its investigations of cancer biology related to metastasis. Dr. Welch and his team have identified genes regulating metastasis, particularly metastasis suppressors; investigated the interactions between metastases and their surrounding tissues, especially for bone metastasis; and are now working to translate their findings into clinical practice.

Through research, they identified genetic changes that predict whether patients will or will not develop metastasis. At least some of these changes occur in mitochondria – where cells convert nutrients into energy. These results could determine that a simple blood draw and analysis of mitochondrial DNA – which is present in every cell and which is small enough to be rapidly analyzed – could be used to help doctors guide their strategies to treat patients.

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Get Even MORE Airline Miles Today!

Where will you be frolicking this fall?  Let our airlines miles program help you get there!

What is Fly to Find A Cure?

Fly to Find A Cure is a program of the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) aimed at raising crucial funds to accelerate vital can
cer research projects.  For every dollar donated, you earn airline mileage from your choice of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan®, American Airlines AAdvantage®, United MileagePlus® or Delta SkyMiles®.  A major portion of your gift is tax deductible.  This is also a great way to keep an account active.  Fly to Find A Cure miles can even be given as a gift to family or friends.

What is
Fly to Find A Cure’s Fall Bonus Miles Program?

Now through October 15th, Fly to Find A Cure’s Fall Bonus Miles Program allows you to earn up to 15 miles per dollar (instead of our usual 10) while supporting groundbreaking cancer research.  This provides a win-win opportunity for travelers who care about putting an end to this dreaded disease.

Together We Can Put an End to Cancer

The statistics are staggering: 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that cancer will very likely affect each and every one of us at some point in our lives — whether it is through our own personal diagnosis or through that of someone we love.   The only way to stop cancer is to cure it – through research.

Give a generous gift today to help find a cure for cancer and you’ll be that much closer to taking the trip you’ve dreamed about!

“Cancer is a disease that can be cured…” – Nobel Laureate and National Foundation for Cancer Reserarch Co-Founder Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi

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Fair Market Value: $0.022575 per mile
Mileage Cap: 1 million miles per account per rolling year

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Cancer Prevention for Asian American Women

NFCR President Sujuan Ba, Ph.D., delivered an address to the National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW) about the importance of cancer research and cancer prevention education.

cancer prevention and the logo of National Association of Professional Asian-American Women As an Asian American herself, Dr. Ba is acutely aware of the cancer risks in the Asian American women’s community.  She knows “there are many types of cancer that disproportionately affect women of Asian descent. Education and research are important tools that can provide a number of immediate solutions And, if if widely implemented, would go a long way towards reversing this trend.”  For more than 43 years, The National Foundation for Cancer Research has worked diligently in its mission to raise awareness, educate the public and financially support the work of cancer research scientists. NFCR helps insure translational medicine success. This bench to bedside approach is unique in American Cancer Charities. NFCR is among only a tiny handful of cancer research charities that funds chemists and lab scientists to put an end to all cancers.

The cause of and prevalence of cancer in Asian American women is believed to be both environmental and behavioral. Western diets, in particular, have been widely documented as a major contributing factor in increased cancer diagnoses. In the slideshow, you’ll find more information about cancer prevention tips, new cancer research and actions you can take to help prevent breast cancer, skin cancer, cervical cancer. There are also tips on how you can help prevent lung, prostrate and liver cancer. Men and women can benefit from the cancer prevention tips provided by NFCR and Dr. Sujuan Ba.

The statistics are staggering. Cancer is the number one killer of Asian American Women since 1980. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. The incidence and death rates of liver cancer among all Asian Americans is twice as high as those among Caucasians. Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Asian American men and the fifth leading cause of death among Asian American women.

Dr. Ba presented these slides as she gave a talk to the National Association of Professional Asian American Women’s meeting at the US Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington D.C. in June of 2016. For more information on ways you can support cancer research and to see the full range of educational and cancer research programs, visit

Click on the slide below to enlarge the presentation on cancer risks and prevention.

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Erik’s 50th Marathon


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Erik Seastead

Erik Seastead died on March 24, 2016, after a three-month battle with glioblastoma, among the most aggressive and deadly forms of brain cancer. We’ll miss his kindness and his love. He was a family man. He was a loving husband. He was a runner, and he was our runner. He belonged to the Old Man and Cop track club.  He was its leader, and it is our mission to honor him through this fundraiser.

Erik's Medals

Erik’s medal collection


The Old Man and Cop track club gathered almost weekly, on Saturday mornings, at 7 am, no matter the weather, the ice and snow, the humid summer days, for long training runs in preparation for the next marathon. During that time we talked about many things, so many things we can’t remember.  But Erik was our leader through all  of the discussions, and he was also a great listener.  We we were best friends, and best friends live forever.

At Erik’s funeral, a minister spoke, as did friends and family. I read from our own Runner’s Psalter, the Book of Marathon. It was meant to show Erik’s joy for life, his leadership, his love of others.

Please remember: Erik will take us on his next run, his 50th marathon, at Sugarloaf, Maine, in May 2016. We are warmed to know that not only he, but some of you will be on the course that day to greet us.

Now we celebrate our friendship with Erik by asking you to support research on glioblastoma with a donation of $10, $25, $50, $100.  For Erik’s memory we would love to achieve our goal of $30,000. Can you give something now?

Paul Josephson

Marathon runner, Friend of Erik

Support Erik’s 50th and Help End Glioblastoma

Erik Seastead, Steve Saunders, Paul Josephson, Jon Chapin:  the Old Man Track Club, before Sugarloaf Marathon 2002.

Check out the Erik’s 50th Marathon team on the Pace Per Mile podcast!


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