Adding Candles to Donate $75,000 to Wilmot Cancer Institute at URMC

Non-Profit commits to $300,000 over Five-year Period

Donation will benefit brain cancer research

October 11, 2016 Rochester, N.Y.

 Adding Candles for a Cure, the signature event for the not-for profit organization Adding Candles, increased its 2015 results by 50 percent this year and will donate $75,000 to Wilmot Cancer Institute at URMC to benefit brain cancer research.  This is only the second year for the organization and the Adding Candles for a Cure event, held on September 29, 2016 at Oak Hill Country Club. Additionally, Adding Candles is committing to a total five-year goal of raising $300,000, including the first two year’s results.

  “We are thrilled by the amazing response we’ve received for our efforts to bring awareness of brain cancer and to support local research,” notes Lois Warlick-Jarvie, Adding Candles president.  “Too many families are impacted by brain cancer and we know that research is dramatically underfunded.  The success of our fundraising efforts clearly indicates that we have strong support for this cause and we now have the confidence to make a full commitment to Wilmot Cancer Institute and their researchers as they work to defeat this devastating disease.  We are grateful to all who played a role in this success.”

 “A multi-year pledge helps leverage larger grants because it shows commitment to other funders,” commented Dr. Nimish Mohile, Associate Professor, Division of Neuro-Oncology at Wilmot Cancer Institute.  “It can enable longer term planning,” he explained, “for example by expanding staff and infrastructure for clinical trials.”  The Neuro-Oncology division currently offers 15 clinical trials for patients with all types of primary brain tumors and is pursuing new clinical trials and numerous studies aimed at improving the quality of life and patients and caregivers.  “We are grateful to Adding Candles for their dedication and efforts in fighting brain cancer,” Mohile added.

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                      Adding Candles Announces Second Annual Adding Candles for a Cure

Introduces New Luminary Award

August 29, 2016, Rochester, NY

 Adding Candles, Inc., a not-for-profit founded in 2015 to fund brain cancer research, will hold its second annual Adding Candles for a Cure on September 29, 2016 at Oak Hill Country Club, 145 Kilbourn Rd, 14618 from 6-9 PM. The organization will present its first Luminary Award to Jennifer N. Serventi, Neuro-Oncology Physician Assistant at Wilmot Cancer Institute at URMC.

 “We are introducing the Luminary Award to recognize those individuals or groups who, through their support of brain cancer research and patients, exemplify the mission of Adding Candles,” notes Lois Warlick-Jarvie, president of Adding Candles.  “Our mission is to end brain cancer by supporting research.”

 “Jennifer is one of the most caring and committed individuals I know,” says Dr. Nimish Mohile, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, at Wilmot Cancer Institute.  “She works closely with patients and family members to carefully explain what is going on and what steps might be taken next, including clinical trials.  I’m thrilled that she will be recognized for her efforts, which are so critical to our work.”  Dr. Mohile is advising physician for Adding Candles. 

 A Rochester native, Serventi earned a Bachelor’s degree in PA from Wagner College, and, in 2016 a Master’s in Leadership in Healthcare Systems from the University of Rochester School of Nursing.  As a final project for her MS, Serventi designed the Neuro-Oncology Connect Telemedicine Program, through which she and her team will provide expert brain tumor treatment and access to clinical trials for patients throughout rural New York State.  Previous work experience includes Neurosurgical and Neuro-Oncology positions at Staten Island University Hospital; the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center; and the URMC.  In her role as PA, Serventi has facilitated and coordinated close to 40 clinical trials associated with brain tumor treatment.  She lives in Webster with her husband and three sons.

 In its inaugural year, 2015, Adding Candles for a Cure raised over $50,000 to benefit brain cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Institute of URMC, which helped allow Wilmot to begin a new clinical trial.  For more information on this year’s event, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, go to: www.addingcandles.com

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First Annual “Adding Candles for a Cure” Event Raises over $50,000

Will benefit brain cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Institute at URMC

September 30, 2015 Rochester, N.Y.

Adding Candles for a Cure, the first annual event from a newly formed not-for-profit, Adding Candles, raised over $50,000 at its inaugural event on September 24, 2015.  The funds will be donated to Wilmot Cancer Institute at URMC to benefit brain cancer research.

“We are thrilled with the response we received for this event,” notes Lois Warlick-Jarvie, president of Adding Candles.  “There was a wonderful mix of donors, sponsors, patients and their families at our inaugural event which made it a truly unique and special evening.  Brain tumors are clearly affecting the lives of many people in this area, and they all want to do something about it.  Our organization is off to a great start and we thank everyone who participated in this success.”

Dr. Nimish Mohile, Associate Professor, Division of Neuro-Oncology at Wilmot Cancer Institute, is an advising physician for the group. “These funds will allow us the opportunity to bring our research to the next level with novel clinical trials - and maybe an eventual end to this devastating disease.”

Adding Candles' Lois Warlick-Jarvie and Bea Slizewski present a check for $50.000 to Dr. Nimish Mohile of Wilmot Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.