Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund
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Fundraising goal $150,000.00
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Annual 5K Event! $3060.00
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Mr. Charles J. McAfee Wells Fargo Advisors $2500.00
The Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund

Welcome to the Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund!

We are ecstatic to share the exciting news that donations made to The Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund will be dedicated to develop translational research initiatives for immunotherapy in the use of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells to treat advanced lung cancer at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center.

Our family has established this fund, with the same Love, Strength, Courage and Passion that Kathy lived and fought by every day, to support the continued research of Dr. Evan Alley and his Team at The Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine in developing remedies in the ultimate cure of Lung Cancer.

Our lives changed forever on July 6, 2012, when Kathy was diagnosed with a mass in her right lung, which was subsequently determined to be non-small cell lung cancer, at the age of 49. Upon additional testing, the diagnosis changed to Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer, as the cancer had metastasized to her brain.

We didn't know what was happening; how this was happening. Kathy wasn't a smoker, wasn't on medications for any health issues? It all started with a cough.

We were initially shell-shocked in disbelief and fear. However, we quickly realized, regardless of this fate, Kathy was going to be the exception, not the rule. We were determined to live each day to the fullest and not allow the cancer to dictate our lives - through the love of our family (five forever), our faith and our medical team.

It is in this spirit that this fund is established and so very special to our family!

Kathy had an undeniable love and passion for her family, a deep dedication to her faith, an unmatched strength in her determination, along with her confidence and conviction in Dr. Alley and his team at Penn.

Dr. Alley was Kathy's comfort and confidence by always providing remedies, treatments and alternatives to ever changing diagnosis. From their first meeting forward, Kathy believed in Dr. Alley and Dr. Alley believed in Kathy, which gave Kathy and our family the strength and conviction we needed to fight and live strong each day. Dr. Alley always provided a positive attitude with cutting edge remedies to Kathy's treatment. During our appointments, when Kathy would ask Dr. Alley in trepidation, "Are you still on board with me?", Dr. Alley would respond without hesitation, "Of course I am". It was Dr. Alley's words and actions that allowed Kathy to leave his office with confidence, comfort and conviction. Dr. Alley is also the exception and not the rule, for his dedication to his research and patients.

It wasn't until after Kathy passed away on August 10, 2014, in speaking with Dr. Alley, that we were made aware, based on Kathy's initial diagnosis in July, 2012 of Stage IV Lung Cancer, her survival was estimated at two to seven months.

Kathy defied the odds! Kathy beat lung cancer for 25 months!

We believe in Kathy's strength, determination and passion for life! We believe in Dr. Alley and his team at Penn's dedication, determination and passion in their research to find a cure for this devastating disease.

The Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund has been established exclusively for Dr. Evan Alley and his team at The Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine to eradicate Lung Cancer through research, clinical trials and treatments. Current trends and projections indicate lung cancer will turn into a chronically managed disease by the year 2023. We believe we can help bridge the gap with our fund. We will be making periodic announcements for fund raising events during the year on this website.

We thank everyone who has already contributed to make this fund a reality and look forward to continuing to satisfy the mission of the fund in eradicating lung cancer. Thank you for your support!

With Love and Appreciation,

The Rotz Family

Chris, Megan, Kaitlan & Chris
The Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund 1st Annual 5K
Dear "believer",

During this Holiday Season when we reflect on what's truly relevant in life, there is no better time to appreciate and thank all those who have touched our hearts. It is in this spirit, we express a huge heartfelt "Thank You" for your unselfish support and participation in the incredible success of the 1st Annual 5k Walk/Run to benefit the Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund.

For the events inaugural year, we had just shy of 300 participants and the event raised over $30,000 for lung cancer research in Kathy's name. First Year!! Unbelievable!! All because of you!! Thank You!!

We are truly humbled by the incredible participation, support and success of the event - and we "Thank You" for taking the time to join us and making the financial sacrifice to bond with us in developing a cure to eradicate lung cancer.

To all our Sponsors - THANK YOU - we could not have done this without you! Your financial support allowed the event to be a reality and to be as immense and successful as it was. When asked, you didn't hesitate to offer your support and participation. Thank you and we greatly appreciate your commitment to the mission of the fund.

To all the Participants and Donors- THANK YOU - you were the event. You made the event a breathtaking reality by sacrificing your time and offering your support to the fund we so strongly believe in. We greatly appreciate your participation in creating a truly memorable day for our family and the fund.

To the Volunteer Team - THANK YOU - there are not enough words to express the gratitude and appreciation we have for your endless help and dedication of time in perfecting every aspect of the ever changing hurdles from inception; to setting up the race day; to breaking down the race day and all the meetings in between. Because of you the event went off seamlessly! We thank each and every one of you for your love and support of our family and the fund.

We are keenly aware of all those affected by some form of cancer in their or a loved one's life and we are, therefore, extremely grateful for your support of our fund to find a remedy and ultimate cure to this devastating disease.

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer. The five year survival rate for lung cancer is 17.9% due to the high percentage of late stage diagnoses and inadequate federal funding and research. This is unacceptable. We believe we can make a difference and bridge the gap to an ultimate cure. Thank you for joining us!

We wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Happy, Healthy New Year and we look forward to your continued support and participation in the fund. YOU truly make a difference. "Thank You".
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