Camp Ronald McDonald
The Kevin Cordasco Something Yellow Foundation sponsored Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times first ever Teen Advisory Committee Overnight (T.A.C.O) camping trip to Yosemite, April 20-April 22. The camp’s teen leaders will go for an outdoor adventure to the park to bond as a group and create programs to implement during the summer’s teen leadership program. The camp is hoping to inspire and challenge the teen leaders to become more responsible, self confident, and skillful in peer-leadership.
Family Outreach Program
We are proud to announce that this year, we were able to fulfill our goal of launching our Family Outreach Program. This program gives direct financial support to families and children that are struggling with the day-to-day financial issues that families encounter during the difficult times of treatment.
As part of his Bar Mitzvah project, Jacob thought long and hard about what he wanted to do. He came across The Kevin Cordasco Foundation through a fundraiser at his school and figured out that he wanted to help the teens going through cancer. He said that when he isn't feeling great, he really enjoys having a nice blanket to cuddle up with, so for his Bar Mitzvah project, he decided to make blankets for the teens and children going through treatment. Through his GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/blanket-buddiesmitzvahproject), he was able to raise over $1,000 as well as donating 65 blankets! This is such an amazing contribution, and we couldn't be more grateful. The support in this community is amazing. Thank you to Jacob and everyone who contributed to this amazing cause. We know the children and teens will love having a fuzzy warm blanket.
2017 Poker and Dinner Event
On June 8th, The Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow, held our 3rd Annual Poker Tournament and Dinner Event. Again, days before the event we SOLD OUT and had to shut down the website as we were at capacity.
We would like to thank everyone for their participation and generosity in this very special night. We had a special visit by the Mayor of Calabasas Mary Sue Maurer and council member James Bozajian, who surprised us with a special proclamation from the City of Calabasas, to our son Kevin, our family and the Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow for our work in the fight against Childhood Cancer.
Each year, we share a special message from our boy Kevin during dinner. He left so much behind for us in his own personal fight for a cure. Many laughed, many cried, but in the end, nearly 200 people were all there for the same reason: to honor and support the heroes of childhood cancer.
This event is growing each year and we are already exploring some great new ideas for next year that will make it even better! Looking forward to seeing you all back to our 4th annual event.
Thank you again for supporting the Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow
Studio BPM Ride Against Childhood Cancer
We teamed up with the owners of Studio BPM, Marcus and Stacey McKinnon, in April and hosted 2 spin classes! Studio BPM is a cycle and circuit studio in Agoura Hills, California. There was fresh juice from Juice Ranch (in Westlake Village, CA), they were also so generous as to donate gift cards for the silent auction, which also included amazing workout gear from Strut This, facials from MedSpa in Calabasas, CA, class packages at Studio BPM, gift cards for dinner at Tuscany, and a Something Yellow merchandise basket! Pedaler’s Fork in Calabasas, CA catered the event with unbelievable food, it was a hit! In the studio, Coldplay’s music was blasting, and everyone had on their Yellow gear! Thank you Marcus and Stacey for hosting the most amazing spin classes! drive awareness to childhood cancer and guide us to finding the right reseach to end this horrible disease.
4th Annual Kevin Cordasco Faculty vs Students Basketball Game
On April 7, 2017, Calabasas High School hosted the 4th Annual Faculty vs. Students Basketball Game in Kevin’s honor. This game is always a great success, and we were able to turn the Pack Yellow for Childhood Cancer. We continue this event for a few reasons, the first is to celebrate Kevin’s time at Calabasas High School, and as a basketball lover, as well as to honor the other heroes of Childhood Cancer. Thank you to Calabasas High School and the Associated Student Body for another great basketball game.
KCSY Teams up with the Concern Foundation for the
Thanks to a VERY successful fund raising campaign for the 2017 LA marathon and 5K. Our total dollars raised for 2017 is $196,893—a new record! You should each feel incredibly proud for making this happen and for making a huge impact toward our goal to conquer cancer. The Concern Foundation in association with the Kevin Cordasco Something Yellow Foundation and several members of the AYA@USC family will be providing Dr. Hu with $50,000.00 in funding to support his research study entitled “A comparative transcriptomic and epigenetic analysis of pediatric, AYA, and adult rhabdomyosarcoma”.
The goal of this study will yield results enabling them to understand the similarities and differences between the different age groups of patients diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, thus allowing for a better refinement and subcategorization of this disease. After better molecular characterization of adult rhabdomyosarcoma, more precise therapy can be developed and applied with the goal of improving rhabdomyosarcoma patient outcomes.
Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to support this important research.
City of Calabasas honors
On August 24, 2016, the City of Calabasas declared the month of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in memory of Kevin Arthur Cordasco. The City honored The Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow for carrying out the mission by Kevin Arthur Cordasco to make the world better for children and families affected by childhood cancer.
LVUSD and KCSY partner in driving awareness for childhood cancer
To kick off childhood cancer awareness month, The Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow will turn the Agoura High School football field yellow. On Friday, August 26th rival teams the Agoura Chargers will face the Calabasas Coyotes and compete in the first football game of the season. The two teams and cities will come together show support for the victims of childhood cancer, to raise awareness and to help foster more research.
Partnership with LLS to help local families
The Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have formed a partnership to fight against childhood cancer. Something Yellow will work with LLS to help fund childhood and adolescent patient services. This will enable families to be more comfortable during the fight against cancer as well as aiding in improving the quality of life for children going through their medical treatments.
Coldplay to Honor the Heroes of Childhood Cancer during 2016 Tour
Coldplay will pay tribute to The Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow, while on their U.S. concert tour. The song “Yellow,” Coldplay’s first hit single, will be performed at every concert. It is during this song that the band will honor Kevin Cordasco and the many heroes of childhood cancer by showing their support to raise awareness of this horrific disease. Kevin, met Chris Martin multple times whie going through treatment.
Making September Yellow
September was a huge success in bringing more awareness to childhood cancer with the help of our local community. The month started off with Calabasas High School, he following weekend, the Pierce College football team showed their support by wearing yellow helmet stickers during their game. Additionally, a local Simi Valley hockey team, the Titans wore yellow jerseys. The month ended with Sunrise Little League having all of its ballplayers wear yellow wristbands during their games. The biggest surprise of September came when LAX lit the airport pylons yellow to show their support for childhood cancer awareness month.
Our First Annual Poker Event Raised over $25,000
Our first annual hold'em poker event not only sold out but raised over $25,000. It was an exciting evening that introduced the foundation to the community and helped get the foundation started. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our partners. Thanks for everyone who not only participated but donated, next year will be even bigger.
Dr. Rima Jurban joins the Something Yellow team
We are so proud to have Dr. Rima Jurban part of the team to help drive awareness to childhood cancer and guide us to finding the right reseach to end this horrible disease. Dr. Rima Jubran is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in Los Angeles, California and is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 23 years.
Calabasas High School tribute to Childhood Cancer Awareness
Yellow balloons were released as a tribute to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during the Sept. 19 varsity football game at Calabasas High School. Above, CHS varsity cheerleader Eden Stilman and player Cade Cordasco embrace the moment. Cade’s 16-year-old brother, Kevin, died last year following a 7-year battle with neuroblastoma.