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13thirty Cancer Connect – In the News

2020

13thirty Cancer Connect: Empowering Young Adults with Cancer
January 22, 2020
After her daughter’s passing in 2001, Lauren Spiker founded 13thirty in Rochester, NY with Melissa’s request in mind. The nonprofit organization provides support to young people with cancer through programs and events.

Rochester Nonprofit 13thirty Cancer Connect turns 20
January 20, 2020
A local nonprofit with the mission of helping teens and young adults battling cancer celebrated a huge milestone Monday. When 13thirty Cancer Connect started decades ago, the first pancake breakfast took place in founder Lauren Spiker’s kitchen.

2019

Rochester-Area Officers Grow Beards for Cancer Patients and Fallen Officer Manny Ortiz
December 30, 2019
Officers from the Rochester Police Locust Club and other area law enforcement personnel grew beards through November as part of a unique fundraiser called Beards for Bucks. Officers were allowed to grow facial hair for a good cause. Adam Devincentis, secretary of the Rochester Police Locust Club, says officers are not normally allowed to grow beards while on duty and in uniform.

Local law enforcement agencies help the fight against cancer
December 10, 2019
Two Central New York law enforcement agencies came together for Cops Against Cancer to stand as a community in the fight against cancer. The Syracuse Police Department donated proceeds from their Pink Shield October and No Shave November efforts to 13thirty Cancer Connect while the Liverpool Police Department participated in Beards for Bucks. That’s a joint fundraiser that supports teen and young adult programs at 13thirty Cancer Connect and helps with critical cancer research at Roswell Park.

13thirty Cancer Connect opens Syracuse-area location
July 11, 2019
A Rochester-based organization that helps adolescents and young adults with cancer live their best lives has now opened a Syracuse-area location. 13thirty Cancer Connect has been home to hundreds of teens and young adults with cancer since 2001.

USA TODAY NETWORK awards thousands to local nonprofits, including 13thirty Cancer Connect
July 11, 2019
Rochester nonprofit 13thirty Cancer Connect has been awarded $44,000 through A Community Thrives, a grant-making and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK.

Community center for teens, young adults with cancer opens doors to Syracuse location
July 8, 2019
A new resource for teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer is coming to Syracuse this month, and it is dedicated to two teens who found support when they needed it most.

2018

Benefit concert focused on teens and young adults living with cancer
December 30, 2018
Anthology hosted a very special concert on Sunday, geared specifically towards helping teens and young adults with cancer live their best lives. Eight bands representing the best of the Rochester music scene, in addition to raffles made possible by area businesses were all a part of a vision by the organizer, Charlie Cote.

Supporting the ‘lost tribe:’ 13thirty Cancer Connect awarded $25,000 grant from Gannett
August 1, 2018
The nonprofit received a $25,000 A Community Thrives grant from Gannett to be used for operating costs. After the organization raised $57,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, 13thirty was one of the four fan favorites selected in a 2018 contest.

13thirty fills the gap
April 5, 2018
13thirty Cancer Connect is hoping to secure a large grant to assist its mission of helping teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer find peer support.

2017

RPD officers shave beards to support kids fighting cancer
November, 30, 2017
You may have seen stories about going Bald for Bucks. 
But what about Beards for Bucks? Rochester Police officers had their beards shaved Thursday to raise money for 13thirty Cancer Connect.

13thirty Cancer Connect supports teens, young adults with cancer
July 30, 2017
Walls of vivid blue with bright orange, deep red, and lime green accents greet visitors to 13thirty Cancer Connect, a support group for teens and young adults living with cancer. 

Bald for Bucks raising money to help young people with cancer
March 7, 2017
Senior Mel White accepted the role of the Brockport coordinator of Goin’ Bald For Bucks, a fundraising campaign which accepts donations for the organization 13thirty, an organization which focuses on a demographic of cancer patients between the ages of 13 and 30.

2016

Parkhill honored for work with 13thirty Cancer connect
November 10, 2016
Dr. Amy Parkhill, associate professor in the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, was honored with the Make a Difference Award from 13thirty Cancer Connect, a regional non-profit that provides support for adolescents and young adults impacted by cancer. 

Flaherty’s charity golf tournament raises $5,000 for 13thirty Cancer Connect
September 22, 2016
This year’s Flaherty’s Charity Golf tournament held at the Lima Golf and Country Club, July 10th was a huge success with donations adding up to $5000 to be donated to 13thirty Cancer Connect.

13thirty shines light on young people fighting cancer
September 14, 2016
About 300 people attended an exclusive screening event hosted by 13thirty Cancer Connect at St. John Fisher College Wednesday night. 13thirty is a support group for adolescents and young adults.

Fairport woman relates to inspirational cancer documentary coming to Rochester
September 3, 2016
Cat Gawronski, 23, was in the middle of her second year of college last year when she began feeling really sick. “I remember having a cough starting in January right after my birthday, actually, of that year and people kept telling me ‘you’re fine, it’s just a virus,’ you know, ‘you’re a college student, you’re going to get better, you’re just not resting enough,’ but I kind of felt like deep down that something was really wrong,” Gawronski said.

Thousands run in Color Run for 13thirty Cancer Connect
May 21, 2016
Thousands of runners got doused in color in Saturday’s color run at Frontier Field. The color run Tropicolor World Tour incorporates color, scents, the shade of palm trees, and island-style music with a 5k. 

Nonprofit serving young adult and teen cancer survivors expands
May 12. 2016
A local nonprofit that provides support for young people battling cancer is expanding its mission. 13thirty Cancer Connect is the new name of the organization that used to be known as Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation.

Inaugural Kick Cancer 15K Race Series
May 12, 2016
Three cancer charities are teaming up for the Inaugural Kick Cancer 15K Race Series. 13thirty Cancer Connect, Anna’s Wish and Christopher’s Challenge will each hold a 5K race.