Phoebe Gellman (Sy’s big sister) & Friends Present:
a night of music, laughter, and fun
Thursday September 20, 2014 7pm
141 West 28th St. 4th Floor
Special guests Nicole Atkins & Nate Fridson
music, libations, incredible auction items & raffle prizes
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Sy’s Fund Presents
Sy’s Sizzlin’ Womanless Beauty PageantGuys with guts walking the red carpet to raise money and show support for young adults with cancer. Join us for an evening of fun as the guys compete for the title of number one Sy’s Sizzler.
WHEN: Saturday June 21st at 6:30 PM
WHERE: McCue’s Billiards & Sports Lounge, 12 Emerald Street Keene, NH
10% of food & drinks sold during event will be donated to Sy's Fund. Also Free refills on nonalcoholic drinks. Tickets available in advance at McCue's & Online at https://syssizzlin.eventbrite.com
JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL “STRONG LIKE A RIVER” 5K RUN/WALK TO RAISE MONEY FOR AND SHOW SUPPORT OF YOUNG ADULTS WITH CANCER.
SEPTEMBER 21st, 2013 . $25 ENTRY FEE
9am REGISTRATION 10am START FOR RUNNERS, 10:15 START FOR WALKERS.
FREE COMMEMORATIVE TEE-SHIRTS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO REGISTER. SIGN UP AND PAY REGISTRATION AHEAD ONLINE https://
ENJOY THE NEW ENGLAND FOLIAGE WHILE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF YOUNG ADULTS WITH CANCER AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY ALONG OUR ROUTE BESIDE THE SCENIC ASHUELOT RIVER.
SY’S FUND LADIES’ NIGHT OUT VENDOR GUIDELINES
Thursday September 12th from 6 to 9 pm.
75 RAILROAD ST.
A FABULOUS NIGHT OUT FOR A FABULOUS CAUSE!
BRING YOUR GIRLFRIENDS, SISTERS & MOMS ~
FIRST 100 TICKET HOLDERS RECEIVE A FREE GOODIE BAG WITH COMMEMORATIVE SY’S FUND STEMLESS WINE GLASSGeneral Admission to Sy’s Fund Ladies Night Out event is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets to this event please Enter First and last name and click “Buy Now” below. We have a great line up of vendors for Ladies’ Night! Over 25 vendors ~ from jewelry, massage, gourmet chocolates, kitchenware, holistic health, fitness, floral design, photography, and much more. For Vendors wishing to set up at our Ladies’ Night Out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – we are very limited at this time due to great vendor response.
DOCUMENTING A SHORT LIFE
A mother carries on a college student’s project on living with cancer
By Dave Eisenstadter Sentinel StaffPublished: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:08 PM EDT Silas R. “Sy” Bennett was covering elections for KSC-TV News when he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in October of 2007. For the next seven months, camera in hand, he covered a different story: his own struggle against disease. Now, after his death in 2008, his footage and photography are being used to promote a fund to help young people find ways to cope with terminal and serious disease. It’s called Sy’s Fund. Sy’s Fund is for people ages 18 through 39 with cancer, and funds personal pursuits and passions they have unrelated to their disease. “You can’t get away from cancer, but this is to help them make their days easier,” said Lorraine E. Kerz, Sy’s mother, who put the fund together. In September, she finished a short documentary from her son’s footage, called “The Man Behind Sy’s Fund.” (The video is posted online at www.vimeo.com/15966121.) “I’ve got a growth on my C4 vertebrae, and I don’t even know how to deal with it,” Bennett says in the opening of the video. “I felt like I was getting old, but didn’t feel I was old enough for cancer.” As Bennett progressed through his cancer treatment, the journalism major at Keene State kept his camera handy, at first creating footage of himself reporting on his progress with the disease, and eventually getting a still camera and taking photos of the world around him. Rather than lying in bed after surgeries or chemo treatments, Bennett would ask his family to take him out in a wheelchair with his camera. He took photos and spent a lot of time editing them, according to Kerz. “He didn’t want to talk about cancer; he didn’t want to be ‘Silas with cancer,’ ” she said. “Patients want to be known as who they are and yet they are losing their hair and going through treatments and not looking like the same person they were.” Kerz had trouble looking through the photos and footage, but realized she could use it to help others in her son’s situation. “I came to realize that if Silas had the courage to do this as a journalist, I felt that I could put this documentary together to show the world how this young man handled himself and how he handled life,” Kerz said. For people in her son’s age group, who are not usually required to contemplate their own mortality, Kerz said keeping up with their passions as Bennett did is important therapy. “This happens, and it happens to young people,” Kerz said. “It’s one of the most difficult things you can imagine.” Administering the fund is therapeutic for Kerz, as well. “Sy’s Fund for me is a purpose, a way for me to stay grounded on the Earth while I’m here,” Kerz said. “That is something that helps me get through the days. I miss my son terribly.” In addition to administering the fund, Kerz also runs a grief support group for parents who have lost adult or teen children to accidents, disease and suicide. “A mom can be in her 70s and the grief is still as intense, regardless of what the cause of death was,” Kerz said. Kimberley R. Diemond is president of another organization, Joy’s Network, which offers support to cancer patients and their families in the Monadnock Region. She founded the organization in January after her mother, Joy, died of cancer. She also runs a cancer discussion group Wednesday evenings at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. Diemond agreed keeping passions alive for patients with cancer is important. “Having a positive attitude and being realistic yet hopeful is the most important thing for patients,” Diemond said. “So is treating each day like a special gift and living the most you can in that minute.” Having a disease like cancer can make a patient feel helpless, Diemond said, so having an empowering activity is important. “If there is something you can still do it just helps to keep your strength going, and help feel like you’re still part of the bigger picture, part of your community,” Diemond said. Information on Sy’s Fund, a 501(c)3 organization, is available at www.sysfund.org. Kerz said she is looking not only for donations, but for people the fund can help. Kerz hopes that keeping passion alive for those with cancer can help them fight the disease with as much fervor as her son. “He was a warrior. That’s the word I would use to describe my son.” Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1432, or email@example.com Copyright © 2010 – The Keene Sentinel