Julia Rittenhouse wrote -
Sept 24 from 12-4pm!
Five years ago my family supported me in founding the "Half Stache Bash" in honor of my late, twin brother. All proceeds are donated to the Sarcoma Foundation of America to raise research for the type of cancer Wyatt was diagnosed with, Synovial Cell Sarcoma. Some of you may remember that last year was the fourth and final annual fundraiser... and the largest event to date... in the smallest square footage yet... and I stepped into my thirties. Since turning 30 I've started nursing school. This career change wasn't just a coincidence, as I chose it through inspiration from Wyatt and his experience. And since I've nursing school, I've begun learning how to care for people. I've also learned more about our different organ systems like: the brain, the heart, and the gut. Speaking of those organs, all three of mine had a conversation and told me that I needed to bring back the fundraiser! So it's back!!!! And we should all hang out and talk and celebrate life and talk about how there are advancements in research all the time, and raising awareness for this cause is important!
Where's the Celebration?
- Winn Park in the Ansley Park neighborhood
- Bring Your Own: Blankets, Chairs, Beverage, Donation Dollar$$$, children, dogs, sunscreen or umbrella
- We'll have information on Sarcoma, Water and Snacks, the Tortoises (including the HSB 2014 Tortoise Race reigning champion, Rubio, his mistress, Ollie, and their baby, Li'l Marty),
- also featuring: temp tattoos, nerf guns, t-shirts, and Birdie inevitably in a costume
More about Wyatt:
In 2005 Wyatt was first diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma. He was diagnosed two more times: in 2009, days before graduating from the University of Georgia and weeks before his wedding, and again the summer of 2010. Wyatt bravely fought cancer through multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemo. On December 8, 2010, Wyatt left this earth a man full of love, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, a leader, a Christian, and an example to thousands of people. People continue to share stories about Wyatt's faith, passion, and leadership, and I know he continues to touch lives and make people laugh.
Why the “Half-Stache”?:
Like many cancers, Sarcoma is hard to treat. Wyatt battled intensive surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, and radiation. Being a strong-willed man with a great sense of humor, Wyatt didn’t let these treatments defeat him. He wore them proudly. Radiation gave him half a ‘stache, that he wore whole-heartedly.
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that originates in connective tissue. Connective tissue is vascular, so the cancer cells can metasticize through the circulatory system, which is why Sarcoma is a rare and aggressive cancer, frequently hiding deep in arms or legs. Wyatt’s Synovial Sarcoma oddly occurred in and around his jaw on the left side of his face. It is estimated that 1 to 3 indiviuals of a million are diagnosed in the US each year. There is a lot to learn about the causes and treatments of Sarcoma, which is why funding this research is so important to me and the many people affected by Sarcoma.
Here are some links about Sarcoma: