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  • 2016 'Crosse Out Cancer! College Lacrosse Showcase For Breast Cancer Research (Schedule)

    On October 9, 2016 Burning River Lacrosse is teaming up with the Cleveland Clinic, Hawken School, and the Ohio Machine to bring you our 7th Annual Breast 'Crosse Out Cancer! college lacrosse showcase (see all sponsors) to benefit the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic. (View Event Press Release)

    This program provides world-class care to patients with breast cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research. (See letter from Clinic)

    If you have any questions about the 'Crosse Out Cancer! college lacrosse showcase please feel free to contact Woody Calleri at wcalleri@brlax.net or 216-373-5684.

    Last year’s event had the following results:

    • Raised $20,044 for the Comprehensive Breast Oncology Program at Cleveland Clinic
      • Six year total of approximately $108,000
    • Had over 1,700 people in attendance through-out the day.
    • had 120+ volunteers who helped make the event successful
    • had 16 College teams participated
    • had guest speaker Jerry Rubenstein a husband and father of two, who was undergoing treatment for Cancer at the Cleveland Clinic.


    Guest Speaker - This Year

    Every year at Crosse Out Cancer! we bring in a guest speaker who shares their experiences with the attendees.  We do this to put a personal touch on the event and so that the players, coaches and fans realize that they are helping someone and giving back to the community.  This year we are thrilled to have Brittany Whitman speaking at the event. In July of 2014, Brittany was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer at the age of 24. Upon diagnosis, Brittany began treatment at the Cleveland Clinic which included chemotherapy, surgery, fertility treatments, and reconstruction. Brittany has finished treatment and has been deemed cancer free.

    In addition to a career in finance, she has since become a group fitness instructor and taken on several advocacy roles at the Cleveland Clinic and other various organizations. She is here with us as another voice in the fight against cancer. 



    Guest Speaker (Past Years)

    2015 - Jerry Rubenstein
    Rubenstein's diagnosis came in 2003, when he found a lump. "I was 41," Rubenstein says. "My kids were real little – 12 and 9. I just thought it was this little cyst." Even his doctor thought it was nothing to worry about at first, but tests revealed it was, in fact, cancer.

    This doctor called him at home to break the news. Rubenstein, an accountant, went through treatment and surgery, which included a mastectomy. "The tumor was estrogen positive," he recalls, and doctors put him on a five-year course of the drug tamoxifen, essentially the same treatment often used for women.

    Despite the shock of the cancer diagnosis, Rubenstein's prognosis looked hopeful. "They told me the odds of recurrence was 100 to one."

    As the years went by, he and his wife were hopeful the matter was behind them. Then, nearly 10 years to the day of his original diagnosis, he was told the cancer had come back – this time in his lungs

    The last two years have been rugged, with treatments ranging from radiation to various drug therapies. The cancer has since spread to his spleen and lymph nodes, and he has some lesions in two of his vertebrae. "They found a new one in my abdomen, which is very small. We're really hoping this new treatment is working. The last round really knocked me out."Despite setbacks and anxiety of what the next scan might reveal, Rubenstein keeps up his workout regimen and continues to run through his neighborhood, including on the street where he grew up in neighboring Shaker Heights. "The doctors want to keep me physically active as possible."

    Today, Rubenstein regularly attends a breast cancer support group at The Gathering Place. He's the only male member of the group with breast cancer but says he finds the its members helpful and supportive. "Unless you've gone through it, you don't quite understand

    2014 - Sarah Cawley and Dr. Jame Abraham

    Sarah Cawley is a 33 year old wife and mother of two little girls, who is currently undergoing treatment for Stage Two Breast Cancer at the Cleveland Clinic. As an avid runner and otherwise healthy young mom, the diagnosis came as quite a shock. Never losing hope, she continues to fight and is now dedicated to advocating for Breast Cancer awareness.

    Dr. Jame Abraham, MD, FACP is the Director of the Breast Medical Oncology Program at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and Co-Director of the Multi-disciplinary Breast Cancer Program.  Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Calicut Medical College in India and completed his residency at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.  After his residency, Dr. Abraham went on to complete his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Dr. Abraham’s research interest is focused on developing new approaches for early detection, diagnosis and more effective targeted therapies for breast cancer while understanding long-term side effects such as “chemo brain”. With the support of two Department of Defense grants, he has developed preclinical, clinical and genomic data regarding serious side effects in patients receiving chemotherapy.  He currently holds two patents; one for risk stratification of patients with breast cancer and another for novel breast cancer imaging.

    Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Abraham was the Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Hematology Oncology at West Virginia University.  He was the first Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar in breast cancer research and has been the recipient of several, distinguished awards including: U.S. News Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2010-2012, 2010 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine by West Virginia University, 2006 Clinician of the Year,  2009 Award from the President of India, 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award by the Department of Medicine of West Virginia University, and 2007 Volunteer of the Year by American Cancer Society.

    2013 - Tiffany Bauman Cantelupe
    We had Tiffany Baumann Cantelupe speak. Ms Cantelupe has traveled the world working as a model, actress, and singer. She was born in Medina and is a former Miss Ohio.

    In July, 2012, Tiffany felt a lump that was unfamiliar. After 2 weeks of debating, she saw her doctor. Tests revealed she had an aggressive, fast-moving type of cancer that spread to her lymph nodes.

    She was 35 years old at the time of her diagnosis and had 2 young children. Tiffany received treatment including a year-long chemotherapy treatment program and surgery.


    2012 & 2011
    We had guest speaker Mrs. Ellen Perez. Mrs. Perez, a mother of a BR player, is a triple negative breast cancer survivor diagnosed at age 37. For those not familiar with those terms it is a particularly lethal form of breast cancer that typically strikes young patients. They call triple negative the triple threat due to the fact that they really can't figure it out yet. We were honored to have her share her story with the event participants - 2011 Speech

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