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April 05, 2008 - Evening of Dreams, Benefitting Children with Cancer

What: Teen with a Dream

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: April 5, 2008

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adult $45; Teen $25; Child 12 under $12; DREAM TABLE $650

Beneficiary: Children with Cancer

Honoree(s): Eric Barber & Kyle Faulkner

Founders: Spencer Harrison

Staff: Junior League of Denver Volunteers

Entertainment: Kai Brown

Music: Kai Brown

Sponsors: Dream Table Sponsors: Sanitas Skincare, Pet Imaging, Cliff Holmes & Megan Yoder, Kevin & Stephanie Geraghty, Candice Wolfswinkel, Pediatric Anesthesia Consultants.

Attire: Business Casual

Special Thanks: Dr. Julie Zimbelman, Amy Sharpless, Doug Fisgus, Kai Brown, Debra Grigsby Smith

Board of Directors: Spencer Harrison (Founder), Cherise Bernard, Kim Farley, Jessica Fizer, Kevin Geraghty, Jan Harrison, Cliff Holmes, Cristy Johnston, Jennifer Kramer, Kim Moore, Belinda Peterson, Sara Streight, MIriam Vinton, Candice Wolfswinkel, Megan Yoder, Julie Zimbelman, Scott Zimbelman

Blacktie Photos by: Patrick Dubois

 Spencer Harrison and Jonathan Frank surround board member Candice Wolfswinkel
Spencer Harrison and Jonathan Frank surround board member Candice Wolfswinkel

Was summer upon us? ... It sure appeared to be with the warm weather and the evening festivities.

Saturday night, April 5, brought out supporters of Spencer Harrison's dream to provide aid and comfort for children going through cancer treatment. Teen with a Dream's "Evening of Dreams" event included a silent/live auction and was a seated dinner benefiting children undergoing cancer treatment. Kai Brown entertained the patrons as they perused the over 200 items ranging from a Marc Jacobs purse to an Arizona golf trip . Dinner was served promptly at 8 p.m., at which time Eric Barber and Kyle Faulkner were awarded college scholarships.

Eric was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 15, for which he's undergone numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Despite his challenges, he continues to show strength and courage. Kyle was diagnosed with Large B Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma which initially kept him from his passion, ice hockey. Today he is doing much better .... so much so that Kyle participated in a hockey game just before the night's event.

Teen With a Dream™ is one of the only national cancer charities founded specifically for children by a childhood cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 14-year old Spencer Harrison spent most of 2003 fighting for his life. While the year was a tough one for both Spencer and his family, the 14-year-old chose to draw strength from his experience and help others undergoing the lonely, painful process of chemotherapy. So in 2004, Spencer founded Teen With a Dream,™ a non-profit charity organization designed to better the lives of kids with cancer.

Teen With a Dream targets five primary goals:

* To combat the effects of social isolation experienced by kids undergoing chemotherapy and provide them with friendship and comfort. Through the generous donations of partners and sponsors, Teen With a Dream strives to ensure each child identified receives the signature Chemo-Day Care Pack™ on treatment day. These kits are filled with games and activities, candy to help alleviate the bad taste chemo can generate, cool hats for those coping with hair loss, gift cards, and other items to help children keep their minds off this very long and painful process.

* To facilitate parties and activities during the chemo treatment period to increase social interaction among kids. Teen With a Dream particularly wants to continue renting local movie theatres for the enjoyment of its immune compromised patients.

* To continue to reduce the anxiety of pediatric cancer centers visits by perpetuating more cheerful and inviting patient areas and help the transition into more "kid-friendly" environments with brightly colored walls, laptops and Internet access.

* To always stand firmly resolved that chemotherapy should not be a barrier to academic success nor merit-based scholarship. Again, with the generous support of their partners, they will continue to place laptop computers in pediatric cancer centers so students may continue a large portion of their education online.

* And through its growing scholarship program, enable affected students to continue their academic pursuits at the college level.

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