The JT Foundation
Raising awareness and supporting the research of DSRCT with the goal of finding a cure.
Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT) is a soft tissue sarcoma that is so rare, no standard way to treat it has been developed. The first case was recorded in 1989, and only about 200 cases have been reported since then. DSRCT is rare and aggressive and the 5 year survival rate is a mere 15%. Researchers, like the doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center are looking for treatments that will improve those odds.
To everyone who helped make our first annual Silent Auction & Spaghetti Feed a complete and total success! We raised $7,550 for DSRCT research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The first annual Silent Auction and Spaghetti Feed for The JT Foundation was held Sunday, August 5th, 2018. In honor of Justin's 26th birthday we gathered together for an evening to remember. Thank you to each and every individual that helped make this first event a success, we were able to raise $7,550 for DSRCT research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Thank you to Findlay Hats for providing the event space as well as the Limited Edition Cancer Sucks hat! Thank you to Jimmy Hickey for helping design the website and helping with each and every step along the way.
Thank you to Kimber and Gary Grimes for the support from the very beginning and helping make The JT Foundation happen.
Thank you to Jeff and Mary Carlson for helping plan, prep, and set up!
Thank you to Amanda Swain who coordinated the food donation and staffing. Thank you to Clackamas Cheesecake Factory for providing the spaghetti and bread. Thank you to Vancouver Mall Olive Garden for providing the salads and dressings.
Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors:
Pat and Bob Edwards, Taran Kilcup and Makita, Shelby Bellacosa and Starbucks, Courtney Chamberland and Movement Revolution, Branden Norton and Ruthless Ink, Artistic Bliss Photography, Andre & Roberto and EYE Clothing Co., Sheri Ann and Sheri's Photography, Sarah Wishard and Chain + Anchor, Eric Wainwright and Wainwright Photography, The Morando's and We Are Cake, Kristy Garrett and Cake Happy
We made JT proud!
Next event: august 4, 2019!
Location: Portland, or
The JT Foundation is a non profit organization created to support the research and treatment of DSRCT at MD Anderson Cancer Center. JT was lucky enough to receive treatment in Houston, Texas under the guidance of Doctor Andrea Hays-Jordan whose research focuses on ways to prevent, treat, and cure patients with metastases of sarcomas. In the 10 years that Dr. Hayes- Jordan has been studying DSRCT, the five-year survival rate has surged from 15 percent to 60 percent.
Justin was diagnosed in January of 2015 and was given 6 months to live, with the help of different chemotherapy drugs and surgeries he was able to triple his life expectancy but unfortunately lost his battle in September of 2016. He was such a positive influence everywhere he went, even on his sickest days. Constantly concerned about others, always giving, and incredibly optimistic. It only made sense to have a foundation in memory of Justin that will continue to help others, especially those that fought a battle he knew all too well.