The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund

Take A Bite Out of AYA Cancer Fundraiser

By Angie Giallourakis

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On Saturday, January 26th, 2013 the Take a BITE Out of AYA (adolescent and young adult) Cancer Fundraiser took place at St. Demetrios Cultural Center in Rocky River, Ohio. Four hundred (young and old) people were in attendance to support the awareness and fundraising efforts of the Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund. The event included food, music, dancing, raffles and silent auctions. Over $28,000 was raised.

The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund is named in honor of Steven Giallourakis a two time cancer survivor. In 2006, at the age 15 year he was  diagnosed with Stage Four Osteosarcoma and then 1 ½ years later was diagnosed with secondary Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) due to the chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the  first cancer. Fortunately, after a successful Bone Marrow Transplant from an allogeneic (non-related) donor Steven was diagnosed cancer free.
During this time we learned that Steven was part of a special population of patients. This group of

patients is referred to as AYA (adolescent and young adult: ages 15 – 39 years) cancer survivors. According to Dr. John Letterio (Head of Pediatric Oncology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital), research reports that survival rates for AYA Cancer patients haven’t improved since the 1970’s.  In addition we learned that this population was the least likely to participate in clinical trials and the least likely to return for follow up treatment, which places them in danger of developing a life-threatening illness.
We decided to start a foundation titled “The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund”, dedicated to funding AYA Cancer Research, helping AYA’s to learn more about the condition, participate in clinical trials, and create awareness to the general public.We titled our annual fundraiser “Take a BITE Out of AYA Cancer” because we like to entertain and cook for friends. It is our way of sayin
Please check us out on the web at www.fightconquercure.org. It is our hope that the Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund generates awareness for AYA Cancer Research and assiststhe many patients and survivors as they seek a cure for this horrible disease.g thank you for the love and support we have received over the years and, of course, to remember those individuals who have succumbed to cancer and to our honor our survivors.

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