First Annual Bad to the Bone Chili Cook Off
In honor of Sam Merkel
October 15, 2016/ Troy Tri-township Park
409 Collinsville Road, Troy, IL 62294
5:00 pm -10:00 pm
Chili Cook Off / Silent Auction / Raffle
Sam’s family has teamed with Kellsie’s Hope Foundation to create a fundraiser specifically for osteosarcoma research in the St. Louis area.
On July of 2013, at the age of 18, Sam Merkel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a pediatric bone cancer. After a full knee replacement, femur replacement, eight months of chemotherapy, staph infection, leg rehabilitation, craniotomy, radiation, a tarsorrhaphy, skin lesion removal, and two years of fight, Sam had run out of treatment options. Shortly thereafter, Sam was introduced to Immunotherapy, a clinical trial at Siteman Cancer Center. This clinical trial allowed Sam to live a normal life outside of the hospital—such as attending college, eating his favorite food without nausea, taking trips, and spend precious time with family and friends. Sam’s loved ones are truly thankful for the immunotherapy trial, because it allowed Sam to acquire more time doing the things he loved here on Earth. On December 29, 2015, after a two and a half year fight, Sam lost his battle with cancer. We are grateful for the research clinical trials that gave Sam more time to live.
Please consider supporting our event by sponsoring or donating gift certificates, merchandise, or services. Your donation is tax-deductible (Tax ID number upon request).
100% of proceeds will go to Siteman Cancer and Washington University for Osteosarcoma research.
Please consider supporting our event by donating gift certificates, merchandise, or services.
In exchange, you will receive some excellent community exposure and advertising; your company name, address, phone number, and donation will be listed at the silent auction.
Any questions regarding this event, or to arrange someone to pick up your donation, please call Dawn at 618-792-2168.
Any donations can also be mailed to:
413 Buena Vista
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Kellsie’s Hope: firstname.lastname@example.org (618) 806-7459
WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OSTEOSARCOMA RESEARCH!!!!