Providence Cancer Center: $1M Matching Donations Challenge

Over the past 5 years, we have been extremely blessed with Christi’s good health after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Five years ago, Dr. Gore at Providence hospital saved Christi’s life over the course of 3 brain surgeries. We decided to donate her tumor to the research at Providence, and it’s been used (along with many other tumors and lots of research) to help create a vaccine for brain cancer. It’s absolutely incredible work they’re doing there, and it’s excited to get updates about the research from time to time.

Just recently, we received a note from Providence that an anonymous couple has pledged to match all donations up to $1M as long as the donation is pledged (not paid) by May 20th. It only needs to be paid to Providence by Dec 31st, 2016. More info from the email that Shari Scales sent me last week:

As promised, I’m following up with the details about a generous Matching Gift Challenge offered to us. Between March 22 and May 20, they are matching $1 for $1 ALL gifts and pledges to our cancer programs. Pledges (written intentions to make a gift) can be fulfilled over time on a schedule that is convenient for our donors. Pledges simply need to be paid in full by December 31, 2016 to qualify for the match. This time period can give donors many options to consider, including, for example, making 3 year-end gifts, 6 half-yearly gifts, monthly gifts, on whatever schedule works.

The nice thing about this match is that it’s not an “all or nothing” deal. It’s truly one dollar raised, one dollar earned. That means, every gift counts no matter the size, and every gift DOUBLES no matter the size. I have attached information about the Challenge as well as a pledge form, and will mail all of these things to you as well, along with a couple of articles that I mentioned last night.

The research they’re doing at Providence is absolutely incredible. This vaccine essentially teaches your immune system to recognize cancer cells for what they are, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of other treatments and helping your body fight off the cancer itself. It’s extremely exciting stuff, and we’re honored to be a part.

If you’d like to make a donation, that’d be matched and doubled, you can download the PDF form here. If you’d like your donation to be earmarked specifically for the vaccine research, you can designate it to: “Drs. Bahjat, Crittenden, and Gore – Glioblastoma Multiforme Vaccine” on the form.

Challenge Donation Form

Loose Leaf – A Different Kind Of Paper

I’m extremely excited to show you the first demo of my new scratch paper app Loose Leaf!

This app has been my labor of love for nearly two years, and I’m finally getting close to the App Store release this summer. (Sign up to be notified when it’s ready if you haven’t already!) All of the major development is done, and I’m now working through the last few features and testing.

So what is Loose Leaf?

It’s just that: scratch paper. The vast majority of my notes and sketches don’t need to be perfect. It’s far more important that I get them down quickly than it is to get them down perfectly. When I’m in a meeting, or when an idea hits me, I don’t want to lose the flow of conversation or forget any details while I’m sorting into the right notebook or picking just the right shape for my diagram.

Loose Leaf lets you quickly and easily jot down a note, diagram, idea, photo, mockup, or annotation, then show it in the moment, and 1 button export it if you need to save it. No settings. No Sync. No menus. No textures. No brush arsenal. No popovers. No “edit mode” vs “pen mode” vs “image mode”. No fluff.

It’s just blank paper, simple gestures, and simple tools. You can write on it. You can throw some pictures on it. You can use scissors to cut it up. You can export when you care. And that’s it. And all of it just works like you think it should: a pen, an eraser, a ruler, some scissors, images, and blank paper.

Available this Summer

I’m finishing up the very last features and testing, and will be launching on the App Store this summer. Sign up and get notified when it’s live.

Christi’s cancer story is featured by Providence Hospital

Early this December, Providence Hospital asked Christi to come back and share her story during their Festival of Trees fundraising brunch for their Cancer Center. They also asks her to share her story for their “How We Care” video series on their site.

The video of that interview is online here. I’m extremely proud of her for sharing her story. After everything we’ve been through, it’s so rewarding for both of us to see something good come out of it outside of ourselves.

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Not only is she able to share her story and encourage current cancer fighters, but after her surgery she was able to donate her tumor to ongoing research at Providence. Dr. Keith Bahjat is using her tumor, among others, to research a vaccine for cancer. It’s an incredible way to teach the patient’s own immune system to better recognize the cancer cells and fight against them directly. His program is just recently started human trials, and we’re eagerly awaiting results to see this research through to completion!

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