StacheStrong End of Year 2022

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StacheStrong Newsletter
December 2022
Hello  StacheStrong  Fam!
Another year in the books and you all continue to amaze our family with your generosity and support; it’s amazing to see the continual growth of our organization as we aim to flip the script on this disease! We have now raised over $2,500,000 and funded 23 research grants to date – – –  I say it time and time again, but I remember when we raised our first $10,000 and the excitement that I shared with my brother for what we were doing. We have become a leading organization in this space, which is only possible because of YOUR support.

We can’t do this alone, so if you’re looking for a way to get involved, volunteer, and help drive our mission forward, PLEASE reach out!!!
In this newsletter:
Research Funded 

5th Annual 5K Run/Walk
4th Annual NYC Event
NYC Marathon
StacheStrong Invitational
StacheStrong Media Highlights
Amazon Prime
UPenn Survey
Research  Funded
We’ll update you on all the awesome events and happenings below, but what matters most is where this money is going and the good that it is doing in advancing brain cancer research. We funded 10 grants in 2022 to highly rated and promising areas, including the following:

Glioma Connectome Project (GCP): We brought on additional institutions to this study (University of Texas – Houston and University of Pittsburgh), which was first reported by Yahoo News. We also just announced the first patients have been enrolled in this innovative study! This project aims to utilize information about how the brain is organized (connectomics) and how it relates to the patient’s experience (neuropsych tests, documented deficits, etc.) from before AND after glioma surgery. Machine learning techniques aid in the study about how the brain lives with a tumor and reorganizes during treatment, as well as recurrence, to increase fundamental understanding of the brain and how to provide better care for brain tumor patients.

Brigham and Women’s: Development of therapeutic miR-10b gene editing. MiR-10b is highly abundant in adult gliomas and appears to be essential for the viability of glioma cells. This study is anticipated to present a common therapeutic strategy for GBM and other gliomas. (Anna Krichevsky, PhD – in partnership with NBTS)

UCLA: Novel anti-angiogenic combination therapy for glioblastoma study (Issac Yang, MD and Madhuri Wadehra, PhD)

Weill Cornell: Targeting cancer-associated FAP+ cells in irradiated pediatric brain tumors (Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD)

MD Anderson: 2 year research fellowship focused on microbial mediated STING activation for glioblastoma immunotherapy (Kristin Huntoon, PhD – in partnership with ABTA)

University of Florida: Discovery grant focused on dendrimer-based approach to target macrophage subsets as a novel immunotherapy (Fan Zhang, PhD – in partnership with ABTA)

Brigham and Women’s: Assessing tumor-associated macrophage plasticity regulation by HNRNPH1 to augment adaptive antitumor responses to glioblastoma (Genaro R. Villa, MD, PhD)

Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Training Program: Formal mentored research program for 2 years for neurosurgery residents. Goal is to improve human health by providing participants with the skills, mentorship, education and experience needed.

These are tangible results to remind you why every dollar matters. It’s why your support is crucial. We can’t promise what tomorrow holds, but we can promise that StacheStrong will continue to push the envelope and fund cutting edge research in the hope of a world without brain cancer.
The #BrewStacheStrong collaboration is bringing together breweries and communities across the country in support of a disease that impacts far too many people. Just like every ‘Stache tells a story, every beer tells a story. We #BrewStacheStrong to promote and benefit brain cancer research with breweries across the country.

We have now partnered with over 300 breweries in 40 states, which is humbling and beyond promising. We’ve already started our outreach for 2023’s #BrewStacheStrong campaign so if you would like to help or have a contact or friend in the beer/restaurant world, please connect us via email. This campaign has the ability to make a profound impact for years to come!
5th  Annual  5K  Run/Walk
Our 5th Annual StacheStrong 5K Run/Walk had over 1,500 supporters in all 50 states and it was a truly special day. We raised over $140,000 and our committee is already hard at work to make our 6th Annual the best yet.

We ask you to SAVE THE DATE for the weekend of September 16, 2023. Our in person race will return to the Vestal High School on Saturday, September 16th, 2023 at 3:00pm and will take place virtually in your respective city any time that weekend.
4th Annual  NYC  Fundraising  Event
Together we raised over $100,000 and had a wonderful night sharing stories, laughs and new friendships.  Special thanks to our Sponsors: Novocure, Stryker, EY, Immunomic Therapeutics, Black Diamond Therapeutics, Samson Funding, Regeneron, Hermes Helpers, National Brain Tumor Society, DR Bank, and Armistead Mechanical Inc!!!

SAVE THE DATE for our 5th Annual NYC Fundraiser on Friday, October 20th, 2023. Same time. Same place. Contact us if you have any friends/contacts who can help support through sponsorships, donated baskets and event registrations or want to serve on our event committee. See you then and thanks again!!!
TCS  New  York  City  Marathon
Where to begin?! The StacheStrong Marathon team continues to grow and become a force every November. Our 28 runners came together and raised over $145,000 for brain cancer research and created a new community of engaged supporters along the way. They inspired so many across the country and left a lasting impact during each stride of their 26.2 miles. There’s no two ways about it – GBM sucks – but the family and togetherness we have created with thousands of people have us in awe. It’s incredible to think that I ran the Marathon in 2018 as a platform to start StacheStrong and now here we are with a legit team of 28 runners in 2022 blazing their own trail. It’s truly the StacheStrong difference!! Thank you to each of our team members and welcome to the family!!!

If interested in applying to be on our 2023 NYC Marathon team, please email us at to be considered. We applied for 30 bibs so will have an even bigger team!!!
StacheStrong  Invitational – Golf  Tournament
We are excited to launch our inaugural golf tournament, the StacheStrong Invitational on Monday, May 8, 2023 in Jupiter, Florida. We have several sponsorship options available and foursomes are limited so get involved today! Special thanks to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Evo Italian for immediately jumping on as major sponsors!
Our growers have now raised close to $100,000 over the years during November. They made GBM awareness the reason behind growing out their mustache and made a major impact. We’ve learned first-hand how difficult it is for a lot of people to talk about brain cancer and this is a big help. A special thanks to Jeremy Isenberg and the Chex Finer Foods team for leading the way!
StacheStrong  Media  Highlights this Year!
We had plenty of opportunities to spread our mission to new audiences in 2022. If you’d like, give any of the following links a listen, watch or read! Additionally, please keep us in mind for any news segments, podcasts or the like as we aim to ensure more is done in the fight against brain cancer.

UAlbany Magazine-Interactive Story
Yahoo Sports Olympics Coverage
NBC Olympics Coverage
Stryker Interview
Glioblastoma AKA GBM Podcast
Camilita Podcast
UAlbany Excellence Awards
Beer Busters Podcast
CBS Matt Hamilton Hair Donation
Amazon  Prime
Did you know that you can raise money for StacheStrong just by shopping as you already do on Amazon?! Follow the below steps on your phone/computer to add StacheStrong as your benefitting charity and Amazon will donate a portion of all your future purchases to our mission!

Get the app

Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

Dining sets

Join AmazonSmile

If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, simply sign up at and select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.

Turn on AmazonSmile

Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

UPenn Social Entrepreneurship Movement
We’ve been working with students at the Wharton School at UPenn on a consulting pro bono project in which they are looking to poll our supporters to guide their next steps and recommendations. Please take 30 seconds to fill out this survey!
Thank  You  to  our  Supporters!
We truly can’t thank everyone enough for their support and generosity over the past NEARLY FIVE YEARS!!! Raising over $2,500,000 for brain cancer research is truly amazing and we can’t put into words the profound impact that each of you have had in our fight against GBM.  It means the world to us, but more importantly, to all those hoping for a cure. Next stop, $3,000,000 and a breakthrough!!!

We can’t do this alone, so if you’re looking for a way to get involved, volunteer, and help drive our mission forward, PLEASE reach out!!!
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