Join Me in the Fight
by Katherin Mueller
As I write this, I am about eight months into my “new normal” aka living with NETs. I have had time to absorb the fact that, despite only being in my late twenties, I have cancer, and probably will for the rest of my life.
I have also had time to come to the realization that I am strong. I have realized that I have a voice that people may want to hear. I have the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and make a difference.
With the help and support of my family, I decided on a fundraising event as my first step in making a difference. We chose the NET Research Foundation as our event beneficiary because they represent the opportunity to help fund the most promising research in neuroendocrine cancers to develop improved treatments and ultimately identify a cure. I knew from the moment Susan Payson (Chief Development Officer at NETRF) reached out to us, with enthusiasm, warmth, and the offer to help us in any way possible to make our event a success, that we had chosen the right place for our donations to go.
We decided the event would be called “Fight NET Cancer with Katherine” and would take place from 11 am to 8 pm on August 24th in my hometown of Severna Park, Maryland at the TapHouse Bar & Grill. To date, we have raised almost $28,000 through event ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations. With 2 weeks to go, and not even counting the funds we are going to raise on the 24th from t-shirt sales, raffles, and auction items, I am confident we are going to blow my original goal of raising $30,000 ($60,000 when matched) out of the water.
I am absolutely filled with gratitude and love for my community members who have wrapped their arms around me and come together in a huge way to support me and my family in our mission to fight NETs. I look forward to the future knowing that I am just getting started.