JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke recently presented gifts totaling $120,000 to four Denver metro area organizations fighting cancer

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JoAnn B Ficke Cancer Foundation

JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke recently presented gifts totaling $120,000 to four Denver metro area organizations fighting cancer.

Dan Ficke, Assistant Coordinator of Basketball Operation’s at Wake Forrest University, and his father Big Bill Ficke, owner of Big Bill’s NY Pizza, founded The JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation in 2009 in honor of their mother and wife who passed away from cancer in 2007. The Foundation’s goal is to assist families who are fighting cancer and to help fund cancer research.

“This is a great day for our Foundation as we actually put money in the hands of people who are making a difference every day to families struggling with cancer,”Dan Ficke said. “Because of my mom JoAnn, we know first hand about the great work these organizations do, and each one is making a huge positive impact. We are extremely proud to support them.”

A breakdown of the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation’s support:

  • $50,000 to the Rocky Mountain Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Assistance Fund that helps patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families.

  • $30,000 to the Cancer League of Colorado to help local researchers working on lymphoma research.

  • $30,000 to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance, which helps patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families.

  • $10,000 to Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance to help raise awareness and patient assistance.

The “9/11 Day of Giving” fundraiser responsible for raising all the proceeds for the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation is an annual tradition at Centennial’s Big Bill’s NY Pizza. Rather than paying their meal checks, guests are simply asked to make a donation in exchange for their food and drinks. The first “9/11 Day of Giving” at Big Bill’s NY Pizza was the brainchild of owner Big Bill Ficke and was held shortly after the attacks September 11, 2001 attacks, with the money going to help families of New York firefighters. The event created such a positive feel, Ficke decided to make it an annual event.

For more information, visit www.joannbfickecancerfoundation.org.