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Brigette brings more than 13 years of experience in healthcare, provider outreach, community outreach, nonprofits, cancer navigation, and patient advocacy. Brigette is a two-time breast cancer survivor and has learned first-hand the importance of the work that NNCCF does.

As the Assistant Executive Director, Brigette assists with NNCCF’s operations, while also managing all aspects of Programs and Services.

When not working, she is quenching her thirst for adventure by exploring the world with her husband and son.

Why I started working at NNCCF:
I have a strong passion for cancer patient advocacy. This started when I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 28. Throughout my treatment, I felt alone and overwhelmed. Those feelings of isolation are something I didn’t want anyone else to experience, and this is where my journey and life-long passion for advocacy work began. I have been working with local non-profits for the past 13 years and absolutely LOVE what I do.

Ask me about:
My years as a Wildland Firefighter and Wilderness Ranger.

What I think is amazing:
I love to find the magic in life, those little moments of complete awe.

Something quirky about me:
I love to dance and often find myself in my pajamas rocking out in my living room. I think I have some pretty sweet dance moves – when no one is looking.

My role model:
My grandfather, he is no longer with us but lives on in everything I do. What I admire most about him is he lived his life to the fullest and always stayed curious. He never assumed and always took the time to sit down, talk, laugh, and tell stories.

My favorite quote:
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. –Helen Keller

Meet Ian, another brave cancer warrior who also has Down syndrome. Ian was diagnosed with B-Cell Leukemia in April 2022. He was 24 years old and had just started working again after the pandemic and was looking forward to moving out on his own. Instead, he was rushed into intense treatment that included chemotherapy, immunotherapy, countless hospital stays and outpatient infusions. He will complete his treatment sometime in September 2024. It’s a long road…

“I have learned that I am brave, which defines me as a warrior. I’ve had a positive mindset through this.”

The NNCCF was there from the start, delivering a care package to help Ian and his family know they were not alone on this journey. They’ve been there every step of the way since then. Ian got to meet one of his favorite sportscasters, Mike Krukow from the SF Giants at the NNCCF’s “Take Swing at Cancer” event last year and was well enough in the fall to attend a game in San Francisco with his family. NNCCF made this all possible!

With the Foundation’s continued support, Ian’s parents can provide the care Ian needs as he navigates the last months of his treatment and makes plans for his life after cancer.

One of his dreams is to travel to Egypt one day to explore the Valley of the Kings. He’s looking forward to dancing again too. He’s a big fan of Micheal Jackson and has performed in a number of talent shows dancing to MJ’s music. He’s just started learning to play the ukulele, and continues his yoga practice.

Lizzie has been a dedicated advocate for the northern Nevada childhood cancer community since 2006. Born and raised in Reno, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Before working at NNCCF, Lizzie was the executive director at the Keaton Raphael Memorial. Here she served as a childhood cancer advocate, focusing on family assistance and fundraising for support and research. In 2012, Lizzie was recognized as the University of Nevada’s Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year for her efforts in the fight against childhood cancer.

As the Director of Grants at NNCCF, Lizzie is responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to research, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to private and corporate foundations. Due to her longevity with the organization, she is also the unofficial historian!

Lizzie lives in Reno with her husband, Patrick, their two children, and their always-entertaining golden retriever, Willie. She loves skiing, backpacking, road trips, the beach, the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with friends and family.

Why I started working at NNCCF:
I was ready for something new, something unique, and something that would make a positive difference in the lives of local families. Above all, I wanted to help grow the support services for childhood cancer families so that no one would have to go through the difficult journey alone. Looking back, joining the team proved to be one of the best decisions of my life. I have witnessed unbelievable dedication from donors, staff, board members, and volunteers; I have learned about love and courage from patients and families; and I have gained amazing, life-long friends!

Ask me about:
Raising twins, backpacking, car camping, and skiing.

What I think is amazing:
Nature, the human body, chimpanzees, and gorillas!

Something quirky about me:
I can list all 50 US states in alphabetical order. Thank you, Mr. Mobley, my 5th grade teacher!

My role model:
My awesome mom! She is a fun-loving, beautiful, and strong woman who has always been there for my family and me. She has taught me the importance of family, friends, independence, adventure, education, helping others, and so much more.

My favorite quote:
“Live Happy” – Kristin Katich Sumbot

If you love coffee and want to help northern Nevada’s young cancer warriors through their journey, this monthly subscription is for you! For just $35 per month, you will get two 12 oz. bags of locally roasted coffee from Blind Dog Coffee Roasters delivered right to your door! The best part? 100% of your purchase price is donated to NNCCF to help northern Nevada’s young cancer warriors!

Coffee deliveries will take place on the first week of every month. If you would like to cancel your coffee subscription, please contact Tiffany at tiffany@nnccf.org.

Every Spring since 2013, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office takes on the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District at the Annual Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament at LakeRidge Golf Course in support of Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

In 2011, a worried father took his little girl to the hospital after she scraped her knees. While at the hospital, he saw a brave young cancer warrior and his parents from across the waiting room. After discussing what he could do to help children like this young boy with his daughter’s nurse, he found NNCCF and the “Heroes and Hooligans” golf tournament was born!

Every summer, these hooligans turned heroes come together for a golf tournament to benefit the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. Thank you to the event organizers, Nikki and Robert, for 13 beautiful years on the green!

Pulling For Our Little Heroes is an annual CrossFit and Weightlifting competition where the community comes together and raises money to help families who have children in the fight of their lives. All money raised goes towards the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

For more information, contact carlos@calaverabarbell.com.

Thank you to all who joined us for the 11th Annual Natalia’s Night and Day to honor Natalia Berumen. In 2013, Natalia was diagnosed with cancer, and within a few short months, lost her battle at the age of 11. Her parents, Raul and Monica, who are the owners of El Adobe Cafe, are keeping her memory alive by helping raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer in northern Nevada. On September 27th, 2023 the northern Nevada community showed up and showed out to set a new record of $19,397.68 raised from Natalia’s Night and Day to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.  Thank you to our 2023 participating restaurants: El Adobe Cafe, Antojitos Colibri, Beefy’s Burgers, BJ’s Reno, BJ’s Sparks, Cold Springs Crossing, Cucina Lupo, Great Basin Carson, Great Basin Reno, Great Basin Sparks, Legends Grill, Sports, and Spirits, Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, PJ & CO., Pola Poke Bowls, The Protein Jungle, The Loving Cup, The Overland, Wild River Grille.  Special thank you to the Reno Fire Department for helping us collect donations throughout the day!

 

Dozers & Dirt, a one-of-a-kind experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The northern Nevada construction and trade industries came together on September 24th to share their knowledge with the public, their friends and families, and our youngest cancer warriors. Dozers & Dirt is a unique event where children are invited into the cab of heavy construction equipment to learn how to operate excavators, loaders, scissor lifts, haul trucks, and bulldozers!

Several local childhood cancer fighters and survivors were in attendance at the event, including Emma. She was interviewed by one of our local media outlets during the event and shared her joy for seeing so many kids get to learn a fun new skill.

We want to thank our event sponsors, volunteers, vendors, first responders, and especially our equipment operators for their support of Dozers & Dirt!

Special thanks to our event committee: Brian Barger, Brian Dosh, Dana Taylor, Eric Pender, Eric Schacht, Jared Hosefros, Jeff McCaskill, Jesse Steverman, Jessica Hiatt, Joe Vietti, Kevin Linderman, Leslie Skinner, Liane Cinkovich, Megan Noin, Mike Soukup, Molly Dillon, Ron Brooks, Russ Pedersen, Sawyer Bullock, Seth Alexander, Shirley Folkins-Roberts, Stacia Calvillo, Tamara Dethmers, Tony Guerra, Ty Rogers, and Victoria Mason.

 

The Reno Arch was lit GOLD for the month of September for the second year!

 

 

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and one of many events aimed at spreading awareness for the disease was the second annual lighting of the Reno Arch. Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation was proud to host families, supporters, members of our fire and law enforcement agencies, and our medical community and city council representatives. We were joined by Nevada Wolf Pack Football and Cheer, who helped our countdown to the lighting on the evening of September 1st.

 

 

 

Pulling for our Little Heroes, like Sawyer

 

 

On September 10th, Pulling for our Little Heroes celebrated its 10th year. Weightlifting and Crossfit enthusiasts compete in rigorous workouts named after some amazing young heroes battling cancer. Teams of four battled it out in an incredible show of endurance and solidarity for the battle children with cancer fight every day.

One of these little heroes is Sawyer, whose family has been participating in the Pulling for our Little Heroes event for several years to help support northern Nevada’s youngest cancer warriors. Still, this year the event was more personal. In 2021 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, underwent several surgeries, and is now being seen regularly for follow-up care. This year we were presented a check for over $65,000, and the event has raised nearly $400,000 in ten years! Thank you to all the event organizers and athletes for ten years of support to NNCCF and for continuing to pull for our little heroes.

 

 

 

 

Meet Jessica

 

Jessica was born and raised in Reno, NV, where she graduated from Wooster High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. As the Events Manager, she will specialize in NNCCFs signature, community partner, and family events, as well as help represent NNCCF within the community to steward donor relationships. When she’s not working, she enjoys watching the Green Bay Packers, skiing at Mt. Rose, traveling, and spending time with her dogs, friends, and family.

Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation in partnership with Scheels hosted the 11th annual Know the Gold Radiothon earlier this month.

The event marked a special occasion, as it was the finale to the six month long fundraising campaign with a goal of $500,000 to be matched by the William N. Pennington Foundation. Our supporters topped all records and exceeded the goal by $105,000 thanks to the last minute additional matching goal from Panattoni Development, Alston Construction and an anonymous donor.

In twenty years, NNCCF has provided $5.6 million dollars in direct financial assistance to local children battling cancer. Donations to NNCCF assist Northern Nevada families by alleviating the financial and emotional burden of cancer treatments, travel costs, medical debt and loss of income.

“The Know the Gold campaign is an incredible grassroots effort to help motivate our community to support local children who are fighting for their lives,” said Fayth Ross, NNCCF’s executive director. “Thanks to our matching donor, the donations doubled, which makes an enormous impact to local families who have been affected by childhood cancer. We cannot thank this incredible community enough for all they do to support us and those who donated to help us reach and exceed our goal!”

The Know the Gold campaign is a community driven fundraiser that encourages local individuals, businesses, schools, churches and organizations to raise funds for children in the Northern Nevada region with cancer. It began in September 2021 during Childhood Cancer Awareness month. The campaign funds came from multiple events including a Christmas-themed horse show, a magic show, a blackjack tournament, a wrestling tournament, lemonade stands along with other events. 

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation is the only non-profit in the region solely dedicated to helping Northern Nevada children and their families affected by childhood cancer. NNCCF’s programs and services include the Family Assistance Fund, Inspire survivorship program, Hope for the Holidays program and emotional support through No More Chemo celebrations and family activities. For more information, call (775) 825-0888, visit www.nvchildrenscancer.org or follow on social media @NVKidsCancer.



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