What do we do?
Nick's family, friends, and a host of caring volunteers contribute their time and efforts to raise money to make all our fundraisers as successful as possible.
We involve the local community as well. Schools, businesses, service groups, and townspeople come together to organize and staff our events.
What is Ewing's Sarcoma?
Ewing's Sarcoma is a rare form of bone cancer which strikes children and adolescents.
Actually, it is a group of four different types of cancer, known collectively as the Ewing's family of tumors (EFT).About 300 cases occur every year in the U.S.
As a consequence, diagnosis is often delayed, and research efforts are underfunded.
Despite its status as a rare cancer, Ewing's sarcoma currently affects several Quad City area children and young adults.
Who are we?
The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in 2012 in loving memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of complications of Ewing's Sarcoma on November 22, 2011.
Based in Nick's hometown of Port Byron, Illinois, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations made to the foundation will be deductible to the extent allowable by US law.
To date, we have donated just under $112,000 to fund research.
Our research proceeds have helped fund a study into chemo-resistance in Ewing's sarcoma. Funding was via the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.
We most recently provided $10,000 for studies in Dr. Ralph Berardinis' lab investigating disruption of metabolic pathways in Ewing's sarcoma tumors. This research is part of the Ewing's Sarcoma Research Program at the University of Texas Southwestern, in partnership with the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation.
In our first 9 years, we have donated just over $53,000 to local patients to help with travel, lodging, and medical expenses.
In 2020, proceeds from our fundraisers enabled us to provide assistance to families needing help with rent, transportation, and uncovered medical expenses as COVID-19 quarantines and increased caregiving responsibilities limited their earning abilities.
We also provide funds for Tori's Art of Hope, a local project in memory of Tori Vogel, who died in 2014 of a secondary cancer caused by her treatment for Ewing's sarcoma. Her family assembles gable boxes full of toys, coloring books, crafts, and other goodies to brighten the stays of children in treatment at Stead Family Children's Hospital.
We let everyone know about our efforts on behalf of our Ewing's sarcoma families, providing updates through our Facebook and Twitter feeds, with help from our local broadcast and print media.
Board of Directors
President: Jeff Bloomer
Vice President: Brian Strub
Treasurer: Krissy Strub
Secretary: Darrin Pearsall
Marketing: Nancy Strub
Development: Dennis Olson
Executive Director: Holly Larson