Adding Candles Inc., a nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 2015 to fund brain cancer research, announced that in its first four years it has raised $315,000 for brain cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Institute of URMC, exceeding its $300,000 five-year goal one year early.
After completing its fourth successful signature event, Adding Candles for a Cure, on Oct. 11, this year the nonprofit will donate $90,000 to Wilmot Cancer Institute of URMC.
“We’re thrilled at exceeding our five-year commitment one year early,” said Lois Warlick-Jarvie, president of Adding Candles. “There is a tremendous need to fund brain cancer research and we appreciate the tremendous support we’ve received from our local community. We are most thankful to everyone who helped make this a success — sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees. Our commitment to funding this research continues, and we look forward to our fifth Adding Candles for a Cure in 2019.”
“Adding Candles has become an important source of funding for us,” said Nimish Mohile, associate professor of neurology and division chief of neuro-oncology at Wilmot Cancer Institute. “Last year, for example, we were able to fund two innovative research projects, one of which is successfully looking at ways to improve surgery on brain tumors and another that will test a new treatment regimen in glioblastoma. It allows us to also research ways to improve quality of life in brain tumor patients and for caregivers. Thanks to Adding Candles, we are able to leverage donations into larger grants from the National Cancer Institute and FDA. We are thankful to live in a community with such a strong commitment to this important cause.”