Welcome to the Inaugural Fall Alumni Newsletter!

Thank you for taking the time to view our first ever newsletter! We are hoping this will be a periodic way to keep our most valuable supporters in the loop and involved with the organization you can still call home. Community Outreach is always looking for ways to improve and help you get involved! After reading the newsletter if you could please take the time to fill out this brief survey about what you would like to hear in the future, your thoughts, or ideas for involvement we would really appreciate it!


Ethan Sammons

Community Outreach Coordinator


#BetterSAC Aims to Better raiseRED!

Hello raiseRED Alumni,

My name is Will Lampe, I am the Operations Director for raiseRED this year! I would just like to start off by saying thank you for the time you put into this organization and for your willingness to stay involved. When I first got to this organization my freshman year it was clear that the people who went to Louisville before cared enough about raiseRED to set up a wonderful foundation for us to build on, and I think this year we have made a few changes to successfully build upon those foundations.

First of all, this will be the first raiseRED in the newly renovated Student Activities Center! The SAC will have a newly constructed ballroom that is more prepared for an event of our size with new features like a new sound system, more space and staging, and more rooms for dancer activities and for our families! We think that the new venue will do a great job attracting new dancers, getting them to fundraise, and helping us reach our goal. Speaking of which the dancer minimum is being raised to $225 dollars this year! This increased minimum will not only help us raise more money but it will help us build on a culture of passionate dancers who are excited to be at the event. Throughout the year we will have more fundraising events and better incentives to keep dancers motivated and help them reach their goals so we can reach ours. The fundraising goal for this year for raiseRED is to raise more money than last year, which in case anyone forgot was $601,000!! This new goal will motivate raiseRED to always be growing and improving as we strive to save more and more lives and help more families.

To reach this goal, we will need some help from our wonderful alumni. Every year I have been involved with raiseRED I have been amazed at how our alumni have been nothing but generous with their time, money, and knowledge as they pass it down to us for us to make it the best organization we can be. We would not be the organization we are today without our alumni, but for us to grow we need our alumni to get involved. Ethan Sammons, our Community Outreach Coordinator, has done a wonderful job coming up with ideas such as an alumni fundraising page to get alumni mobilized and he no doubt will have more for you all in the future. Please reach out to either myself or him if you have any ideas, questions, or suggestions on how to make us better. I can’t wait to see how our organization grows this year under the support of our wonderful raiseRED alumni!!

Thank you and FTK,

Will Lampe

A New Center for Families

The Pediatric Oncology and Hematology clinic has moved to a new location! RaiseRED’s clinic now resides on the fourth floor of the Novak Center for Children’s Health, located at 411 E Chestnut St. across from Kornhauser Library on University of Louisville’s Health Science Campus. The Novak Center was opened in August of this year and has become a new home for the patients, their families, and the staff of the clinic. Because of the generous efforts of raiseRED’s supporters, a full-time social worker supports the clinic and its patients, snacks provided by raiseRED stock the shelf for the kids of the clinic and much more. Tangible signs of raiseRED and the clinic’s work were seen when Kentucky became one of the first states to allocated funding specifically for pediatric oncology research. Thank you to all that have supported raiseRED and the clinic to accomplish this feat, as well as the daily feats of care and treatment. The fight to end childhood cancer and blood diseases is still ongoing please help us continue this fight!

Nick Yates

Family Relations Coordinator

Raise Some L Day of Giving!

As UofL’s annual “Day of Giving” is on October 23rd through the 24th, the raiseRED Executive Board is eager to share our mission within and beyond the UofL community to expand our impact to new donors. While we do fundraise year-round, our organization is not measured solely by a dollar amount. Rather, our purpose is manifested through joy — the joy of Dr. Raj as he is given the opportunity to extend his clinical research, the joy of our social worker, Spencer, as she is given a full-time salary that allows her to be a constant for families in need, and, above all, the joy of a child as they are given hope that they may overcome any obstacle before them.

Grant joy on this day by giving to the raiseRED Dance Marathon via the button below!

We are incredibly grateful for the sacrifices and generosity of the UofL community, and it is your selfless nature that reminds us of our purpose: “For it is in giving that we receive.”


Reagan Miller

Internal Projects Coordinator

Cole Stewart

Analytics Coordinator

Raise Some L!
Sponsorship Continues Working Towards New Goals!

Hi there! My name is Hannah Esrock and I am one of our sponsorship coordinators this year. As a senior, it is now my third year on the board. I have seen all the ins and outs of what it takes to make a successful year of fundraising for the clinic, but I have never had such a taxing position on the board! Every day Jake and I are making phone calls and sending emails. It’s a full-time job trying to raise over $600,000!

With that being said, it has been an incredibly rewarding position so far! It is an awesome feeling knowing our effort aides the total we will hold up at the end of the marathon so much. While we hear hundreds of no’s throughout our effort, it makes the yes’s we get to hear so much sweeter. For example, we have started a new partnership with UPS this year where we hope to have a “night shift” themed hour thanks to their generous donation. We also have prospects with Churchill Downs and Bluegrass Cellular… stay tuned for next month’s newsletter!

We could always use your help! If you happen to have a connection through your job or through friends, please don’t hesitate to send Jake and I an email. No idea is too silly, no amount is too little! For example, we are really trying to up our incentive game this year for dancers. We are hoping to offer neat things like Churchill Downs box seats or concert tickets to the first person to raise $500 or to raise $100 while at the marathon etc. We think this could be a very easy thing for our wonderful alumni to help out with. Thanks for staying FTK, thanks for reading, now get back to work!

Jake Bension and Hannah Esrock

Sponsorship Coordinators