Dean’s Reflections

Adjust, Readjust and Hope

Adjust, Readjust and Hope

By: Dean Crowe, Founder & CEO Last year, when COVID-19 hit, I thought about our Rally families and how they handle everything that is thrown at them—which is a lot. Over and over, I have watched them adjust and readjust. Trying to learn from the best, I drew inspiration from these brave people in 2020. "Adjust and readjust” became my personal mantra and Rally’s theme for the year. Adjust and readjust we did. I have to be honest; it is a good game plan. It served Rally exceptionally well, as I shared in my year-end letter. Personally, the mantra served me well, too—especially on Christmas Eve. For as long as I can remember, Reid and I have hosted a large Christmas Eve dinner at our home. It is a tradition that our family and friends look forward to each year. We typically kick off the festivities when the Rohrbachs—whose daughter, Alexa, was the second Rally Kid—stop by for a glass...

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A Letter from Dean – December 2020

A Letter from Dean – December 2020

Thank you for opening this letter. And for caring about kids fighting cancer. What a year. We can all agree that 2020 is not a year we will soon forget. When the pandemic struck, I thought about the Rally Kids and their families. Their “normal” is living with an immunocompromised child, yet I have always been inspired and in awe of their ability to adjust and readjust. So personally, and at Rally, I took my cue from them. Our theme became adjust and readjust. And that is what we did. Like many businesses and non-profits, when 2020 started, we were projected to have a record-breaking year. In March, when we sheltered in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Rally had to cancel four major fundraising events that were projected to raise $1.5 million. In spite of all that was going on, the Rally Board of Directors stayed committed to our mission and voted to award $3.3 million to 59...

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Rally On for Osteosarcoma Research

Rally On for Osteosarcoma Research

During this pandemic, my mantra has been “adjust and readjust.” I have shared that I learned this from the Rally families who never cease to amaze me with how often and quickly they adjust and readjust. Today, I stand in awe of 17-year-old Rally Kid Amanda and how she has adjusted and readjusted. Less than a year ago, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She was a junior in high school at the time. Amanda has endured so much: a horrific, intense and painful treatment protocol that has not gone smoothly, surgery to remove part of her leg and replace it with a titanium rod, a full knee replacement and the loss of her hair. Amanda met two other teenage girls, Ellie and Catherine, who were also fighting the osteosarcoma beast. They become the “Osteo Trio”—supporting each other and becoming great friends. A couple months ago, the Osteo Trio lost one of their own,...

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Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

We are living in unprecedented times. As the world grapples with a number of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing seems normal or constant—but that really isn’t true. Childhood cancer remains a constant. At Rally, every day we are hearing about new diagnoses, relapses and even kids dying from cancer. You know what else remains constant? The commitment of the Rally Foundation Board of Directors, Advisors, supporters, and staff to fund the best cutting-edge childhood cancer research—even in these unprecedented times. Last year, Rally made a commitment to fund two $300K Career Development Grants to Young Investigators, in an effort to propel and advance their research to a point where they would receive federal funding. A Young Investigator is sometimes called junior faculty. These amazing individuals are between one and seven years post their pediatric oncologist fellowship...

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What Keeps Me Up At Night

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Working for Rally is such a blessing, and such a challenge. It’s a blessing to get to know these families who are fighting the childhood cancer beast. They are in a war, involving battle after battle, and sometimes they take one step forward then it seems like five steps back. But, they forge ahead, fighting through tears and finding joy in the simplest pleasures. And it is such a blessing that these families stand behind Rally’s mission to find better treatments and, ultimately, cures for childhood cancers. It's a blessing to meet so many amazing people—from adults, kids and small business owners to Fortune 100 companies—who truly want to give help and hope to families fighting the childhood cancer beast. These people understand how critical it is to fund childhood cancer research even though it isn’t “hip” or “cool”. It’s a blessing to call childhood cancer researchers and let them...

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World Health Day

World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and this year it takes on a whole new meaning. It’s hard to believe the entire world has basically been self-quarantining, social distancing and on high alert because of COVID-19. Here in the U.S. we are bracing ourselves for a tough few weeks as cases and deaths are expected to increase. But you know what else has increased? The American spirit. We are all jumping in to help where we can: from those at home making face masks and getting food for immunocompromised family and neighbors, to the first responders showing up at the hospitals, to the grocery store workers stocking shelves, to Delta Air Lines providing free flights to first responders who volunteered to go to our hardest hit cities, to Ford and General Motors making ventilators for General Electric. This is who we, as Americans, are in the face of adversity. While we are scared and facing an...

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Dean’s Reflections

Adjust, Readjust and Hope

Adjust, Readjust and Hope

By: Dean Crowe, Founder & CEO Last year, when COVID-19 hit, I thought about our Rally families and how they handle everything that is thrown at them—which is a lot. Over and over, I have watched them adjust and readjust. Trying to learn from the best, I drew inspiration from these brave people in 2020. "Adjust and readjust” became my personal mantra and Rally’s theme for the year. Adjust and readjust we did. I have to be honest; it is a good game plan. It served Rally exceptionally well,...

read more
A Letter from Dean – December 2020

A Letter from Dean – December 2020

Thank you for opening this letter. And for caring about kids fighting cancer. What a year. We can all agree that 2020 is not a year we will soon forget. When the pandemic struck, I thought about the Rally Kids and their families. Their “normal” is living with an immunocompromised child, yet I have always been inspired and in awe of their ability to adjust and readjust. So personally, and at Rally, I took my cue from them. Our theme became adjust and readjust. And that is what we did. Like many...

read more
Rally On for Osteosarcoma Research

Rally On for Osteosarcoma Research

During this pandemic, my mantra has been “adjust and readjust.” I have shared that I learned this from the Rally families who never cease to amaze me with how often and quickly they adjust and readjust. Today, I stand in awe of 17-year-old Rally Kid Amanda and how she has adjusted and readjusted. Less than a year ago, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She was a junior in high school at the time. Amanda has endured so much: a horrific, intense and painful treatment...

read more
Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

We are living in unprecedented times. As the world grapples with a number of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing seems normal or constant—but that really isn’t true. Childhood cancer remains a constant. At Rally, every day we are hearing about new diagnoses, relapses and even kids dying from cancer. You know what else remains constant? The commitment of the Rally Foundation Board of Directors, Advisors, supporters, and staff to fund the best cutting-edge childhood cancer...

read more
What Keeps Me Up At Night

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Working for Rally is such a blessing, and such a challenge. It’s a blessing to get to know these families who are fighting the childhood cancer beast. They are in a war, involving battle after battle, and sometimes they take one step forward then it seems like five steps back. But, they forge ahead, fighting through tears and finding joy in the simplest pleasures. And it is such a blessing that these families stand behind Rally’s mission to find better treatments and, ultimately, cures for...

read more
World Health Day

World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and this year it takes on a whole new meaning. It’s hard to believe the entire world has basically been self-quarantining, social distancing and on high alert because of COVID-19. Here in the U.S. we are bracing ourselves for a tough few weeks as cases and deaths are expected to increase. But you know what else has increased? The American spirit. We are all jumping in to help where we can: from those at home making face masks and getting food for immunocompromised...

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