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CHEMOWARRIOR: The Eli Sidler Foundation To Launch Today

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CHEMOWARRIOR: The Eli Sidler Foundation is set to launch today, on what would have been Eli Sidler’s 18th birthday. Sidler, who lost his life to Ewing’s Sarcoma a little under two years ago, was the Club Field Hockey team’s THON child for over seven years, and the team has continued to honor Eli’s memory through social media and support for both Bret and Sue Sidler.

Just a few months ago, the Sidlers  spoke at THON during family hour and expressed their thanks for all of the monetary and emotional support that they received from the Four Diamonds Fund, which would not have been possible without THON.  Now, they’re continuing their fight against cancer.

The foundation will be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that will rely on private money to find a cure for the disease. The Sidler’s believe that private funding is the missing piece in battling the disease because government funding into Ewing’s Sarcoma research is low.

The family, along with the Club Field Hockey team, will undergo a social media blitz in order to get the word out for the foundation and for the horrible disease that took Eli Sidler’s life almost two years ago. The Sidler’s hope to make April 11 “Chemowarrior Day” in honor of Eli. They hope to bring awareness to Ewing’s Sarcoma through the foundation, beginning with the launch of the foundation’s website today.

THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more