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It’s our Fall Update!

The 10th annual Caroline Classic was a huge success
and it’s all because of you!

~ to all of our sponsors ~
~ to everyone who donated items towards our silent auction ~
~ to everyone who bid on silent auction items ~
~ to our 39 golf teams ~
and for supporting our Endowment!

We hope you had as much fun as we did
we’re looking forward to seeing you next year!

If you played golf or were stationed around the course and took any pictures, please send them to: [email protected]! Thank you to our Title Sponsors!

TWO FUN (and virtual) EVENTS!

On Saturday, September 26th, our Teen Board held their first-ever Cookies for a Cause event, a virtual cookie decorating class, benefitting pediatric cancer research! Cookie expert Cecilia Lacerda from Cecilia’s Cookies and Our Kitchen 2 Your Table led this one-time experience.

Participants were able to decorate their choice of cookie designs, featuring the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment logo and the Riley Children’s Health wagon logo, while learning the techniques of filling in sugar cookies with frosting!

Thanks to Teen Board Member Khloe Young’s connections, we also supported another local business, Socially Distant Woodworking. They provided beautiful cutting boards with the endowment logo, that we were able to give as a gift to our top Cookies for a Cause donors. Socially Distant Woodworking started off as a small neighborhood project during quarantine and is now growing into its own non-for profit as it provides at home wood projects for kids.

We had an overwhelming amount of support with Cookies for a Cause and shipped cookies as far as New Orleans and Phoenix. In the end, over $3,600 was raised. Khloe said “I loved participating in Cookies for a Cause because it not only helped raise money for pediatric cancer research, it helped support local businesses during this unprecedented time.”

“We are truly so grateful for all those that supported us in this event and we cannot wait to bring more fun and creative projects to your home again in the future”, said Sophie Sinder, Teen Board President.

Cookies for a Cause


Our Teen Board was busy this summer too! On Saturday July 11th, 125 registrants participated in a virtual yoga class for pediatric cancer research at Riley Children’s Health!

Led by Endowment advocate and Indiana University senior Audrey Surina, she helped us focus on finding our center and funding hope for millions of kids battling cancer — all from the comfort of own homes.

With a suggested donation of $10 and a match by our friends and sponsor Office360, the Teen Board helped us raise $4,004!

As Sophie Sinder, our Teen Board Chair said, “During this pandemic, while our lives may have taken an abrupt halt, the fight for finding a cure for pediatric cancer surely has not. So, we had to get creative. Thanks to Audrey’s amazing yoga teaching abilities, the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment was able to put on the ‘Finding Center, Funding Hope’ virtual yoga event that was live-streamed across both Facebook and YouTube. If there is anything my family and I have realized throughout this pandemic, it’s that we are not as mobile as we once were. The event allowed everyone in my household to de-stress through exercise as well as knowing that we were doing it not just for ourselves, but for every child diagnosed with cancer.” 

Sawyer Husain, Teen Board Chair of Development, commented that although yoga is not exactly his forte, the Caroline Symmes virtual yoga was the perfect event to get some practice. His mother, a former yoga instructor and new puppy participated alongside him, even though both were disappointed to see his lack of flexibility and skill level. He not only had a great time doing yoga but he felt great that it benefited a cause that he is so passionate about.

Khloe Young, Teen Board Chair of Advancement, said she “absolutely enjoyed being able to do yoga outside in the sun with my dog by my side, while also staying safely at home.”



It’s time to celebrate, because we’ve officially earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar!

Our Endowment has always been focused on making progress and getting results, but none of that is possible without your support. Using information from GuideStar, donors are able to make educated decisions about nonprofits and their work.

YOUR dollars are making a difference — and you deserve to know how!

To learn more, visit our website here.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we have been included in an article on 12 Inspiring Families Raising Funds to Fight Childhood Cancer.

These families, from across the country, are raising money to fund much-needed research and raise awareness of the issues facing progress in combatting childhood cancers. For some, new treatments haven’t come soon enough to help their children, but these parents and siblings are dedicated to preventing other families from experiencing the loss they have. In other hopeful cases, survivors themselves are rallying behind the cause to help more kids get the kind of treatments that saved their lives.

We are excited that our story has been told to a National audience!


When David and Libby sent their note to our loyal donors at the end of March, we weren’t imagining that this pandemic would still be front and center in our lives by October.
But here we are. What we said then…that the feeling everything has stopped…

yet cancer never does – is still true.
Diagnoses still aren’t stopping. Chemo hasn’t stopped.
Children fighting for their lives certainly hasn’t stopped.
But thankfully, neither does research.

Our support to Dr. Jamie Renbarger and her team at Riley Children’s Health is ongoing, to fund cutting-edge research and provide children with novel treatments and clinical care based on their findings.

When we set out to raise money for cancer research, we had no idea what this journey would look like. We didn’t know that Caroline would not be with us. And we didn’t know that the world would face these incredible challenges. But we made a promise that day to fight — for Caroline, for ourselves, and for our community. And we intend on keeping that promise.

How can you help? If you are able to, during these times, please consider making a donation.

You are helping us make a difference!

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