Tomstock: 5 Years of “Rockin’ for a Cure”

Last Saturday, Cancer Commons joined nearly 2,000 guests in Independence, MO, for a day full of music and celebration. Called Tomstock, this private, annual music festival raised more than $100,000 for the H8 Cancer Foundation, which in turn generously supports Cancer Commons.

Tomstock began five years ago when longtime friends Tom and Carman Duvall, and Kiers and Steve Rowley decided to host an event to support patients dealing with cancer. Since then, the festival has grown in both size and impact; since its first year, it has raised more than $500K.

In May of this year, the Cancer Commons staff was deeply saddened to learn that Kiers, who had used our ASK Cancer Commons service for her own disease, had passed away from cancer. Last year at Tomstock 2017, Kiers had joined one of the performing bands in a duet of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” This year, her daughter Chandler sang the same song in a touching tribute.

In the spirit of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” we at Cancer Commons are extremely grateful to the H8 Cancer Foundation for its support, to the Rowley and Duvall families, and to every rocker who attended Tomstock 2018. We hope the Tomstock story inspires you to join the Cancer Commons family in contributing to better treatment options for all cancer patients.

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For more photos of Tomstock 2018, see H8Cancer.org’s Facebook page.


“Rockin’ for a Cure” at Tomstock 2017


Marty Tenenbaum, Simeon Jaggernauth

A little more than four years ago, longtime friends Tom and Carman Duvall, and Kiers and Steve Rowley reminisced at dinner about their lives in the 1980s, long before their schedules had grown complicated and filled with endless trips driving children to various activities.

Tom, a child of 1980s rock and roll, wondered aloud whether Def Leppard might perform for them on his next birthday. Conversation meandered during the evening, and when the check arrived, Tom and Steve advised Kiers and Carman that a date had been set for a rock concert on the Duvall property in Independence, Missouri, and that it would be a fundraising event to support patients suffering with cancer. Kiers, who’d struggled with lung cancer for the past five years, and Carman announced “We’re in.” So began an all-day-long summer music festival and tradition resembling Woodstock, that the four friends named Tomstock. Continue reading…


Deloitte Colleagues Raise Over $300,000 in Support of Cancer Commons


Board member Heather Rangel

In 2014, a dedicated team of Deloitte colleagues joined forces to help cancer patients find the best treatment options for optimal outcomes. They made their first gifts to Cancer Commons in memory of Jackie Tran. Ms. Tran was a Deloitte partner who received support from Cancer Commons’ ASK service while navigating her treatment options for ovarian cancer.

Since then, over $300,000 has been raised from more than 200 generous participants. These vital financial contributions flowed through the Deloitte Shine Project and grew with additional support from the Deloitte 114+ Community and Deloitte WIN. Leadership was provided by many key Deloitte angels, including Houston’s Patti Wilke, Dallas’ Pam Downs, Los Angeles’ Gina McLeod, and especially San Jose’s Heather Rangel, who accepted an invitation to join the Cancer Commons Board of Directors last year.

This year, in addition to many other contributions, we want to acknowledge a special donation made in memory of Deloitte staff member Christine Ito. This gift in Ms. Ito’s memory came to Cancer Commons as the result of a Health and Wellness Charity Challenge sponsored by Chicago’s Sarah Cuthill at Deloitte University in January 2017 with support from the Global Employer Services Senior program. Continue reading…


Heather Rangel Swims a 10,000 Meter Butterfly and Raises $25,000 for Cancer Commons

Heather Rangel is a Deloitte partner and a Cancer Commons Pathfinder donor and volunteer. She heads up Project Shine, in which she works with her extensive network to support Cancer Commons. Heather kick-started the campaign by setting a goal she wasn’t sure she could meet—swimming a 10,000 meter butterfly—and raised more than twice her target amount. I spoke with her about her achievement. Continue reading…


Heather Rangel Raises Funds for Cancer Commons at Joyful Memorial Event

Pathfinder supporter Heather Rangel held a special fundraising event for Cancer Commons on Monday. The party celebrated the life of her good friend Jackie Tran, who recently passed from ovarian cancer. In Jackie’s honor, Heather brought together her friends and family to raise funds for Cancer Commons. The night opened with poignant words from Heather and Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, as well as an uplifting video that encouraged gratitude. A performance by the band Rusted Root drew guests to the dance floor for a joyful celebration.

Marty Tenenbaum with Heather Rangel


You're Invited! Celebrate the Life of Jackie Tran, Support Cancer Commons, & Enjoy the Tunes of Rusted Root

Come support Cancer Commons and celebrate the life of Jackie Tran, a close friend of our Pathfinder donor Heather Rangel. The event features the band Rusted Root, and will take place at the Fox Forum in Redwood City, CA, on Monday, November 3 at 7 PM. Please feel free to invite your friends and family. Every dollar raised will go towards creating the world’s most valuable resource for cancer patients. Click here to purchase your ticket(s).

JackieTran


Movember… A Typo?… No, It’s 4 million mustaches and $91,926,571

“In 2003, a couple of mates sat in a pub bemoaning the loss of the mustache…apparently few men in Australia were sporting a crop of hair on their upper lip.  They came up with the idea of spending a month, November, trying to grow a mustache or in Australian parlance a “mo.”  They recruited other mates and decided to raise money for men’s health…Four million mustaches and $91,926,571 have been “raised” this past November.”