Caroline “Liner” Lee was on Wipeout. Then got cancer. Thus, the name, Wipeout Cancer.
Wipeout Cancer is an initiative that started in 2013 to increase cancer awareness and give back to the cancer community. Our goal was to raise $50,000 in 5 years. Why $50,000? That’s how much Liner won on Wipeout. Why 5 years? This is the standard time measure of cancer survival rates.
Within 3 years, we reached our goal of $50,000!! This could not have been done without the dedication and support of our family and friends. As we move into our 4th year, we have some exciting changes:
First and foremost, we’ve removed the 5-year parameter. We’ve made our fundraising goal, and we’ve done it within our timeframe. Additionally, Liner did not want to have a “timeframe” to be living for or working towards (it felt fatalistic).
Second, and more importantly, we are shifting our organizational objective from purely fundraising to providing sporting opportunities for kids with cancer. We piloted an idea earlier this year – Sports Day for Kids – with the SJSU Football team. Both the kids and players had a great time, and we hope to do more events like this in the future.
And finally, we’ve become an official non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. We’re still working through the set-up; this news allows our organization to continue to raise $$ for our children’s events, donate to local cancer support organizations, and provide our generous sponsors with a tax deduction!
2016 is a year of change! We’ll continue with our primary fundraising event – Sports Day for Charity and be on the lookout for additional events for kids living with cancer.
The Sports Day Crew
Pictured above: Top Row: Kelly Lo, Ryan Moll, Sabrina Guillebeaux, Lisa Lew, Failop Maigret, Mabelle Artz, Kyle Welch. Front Row: Nicole Brunett, Kari Robinson, Caroline “Liner” Lee, Tiffany Hui, Jennifer Smith Poyaoan.
Wipeout Cancer, Sports Day for Charity and Sports Day for Kids are brought to you by a group of Liner’s friends, each playing a specific role in creating and delivering a fun-filled event:
Wipeout Cancer Crew
Caroline Lee – Our inspiration and fearless leader
Mabelle Artz – All-Things-Marketing
Nicole Brunnett – Sports Day for Kids – Registration and Community Outreach and Sports Day for Charity Volunteer Coordinator
Sabrina Lau Guillebeaux – Sports Day for Charity Lead and Sponsorships
Tiffany Hui – Volleyball Director
Kelly Lo – Kids Obstacle Course Director
Lisa Lew – Registration and Jill of All Trades, the glue that keeps us together
Failop Maigret – Sponsorships & Legal
Ryan Moll – Bike Director
Jennifer Poyaoan – Raffle
Kari Robinson – Site Director
Kyle Welch – Sponsorships and Bike
Alan, Aneska, Anna, Claire, Demetra, Eliska, Helen, Jason, Kathleen, Mary Ann, Michael – Liner’s family, biggest supporters and doers of all miscellaneous tasks
Matt Artz & Lucas Hopkins – Volleyball
Wendy Caragher – Sports Day for Kids SJSU liaison
Gil Chan – Creative Designer
Andrew Choy – All-Things-Technology
Ursula Fritsch – Website and Email
Nelson Hom – Events and Jack-of-all-trades
Brett Loo, Brad Mallison, Jay Poyaoan and Kris Tachibana – Obstacle Builders
Alyssa Leong – Merchandise
Mark Pascual – Engineering
Moe Schoenstein – Design
Elena Sfetcu – Social Media
Natalie Tachibana – Store merchandising
Mona Wan & Jen Louie – Lunch