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Sy’s Fund Calendar with art from Jayk Bredberg

November 10, 2014
 

Sy’s Fund Calendar

With artwork  from JayK BredBerg
It is our privilege to feature Jayk Bredberg’s artwork in our 2015 Sy’s Fund calendar. Known for his trademark zipperskull art, Jayk was a well loved and established artist in the Keene N.H. area. Jayk was also a friend of Sy’s. Jayk was diagnosed with testicular cancer in early 2012, and passed on March 20, 2012 at the age of 35. We would like to thank his family for generously sharing Jayk’s work to help other young adults with cancer.

Calendars are available for a $10 donation.

Click on Calendar to  make a Donation and receive your 2015 Calendar, Please make  sure to double check your address information to guarantee delivery of Calendars to the correct address.
For any special ordering instructions, please email sysfund@gmail.com.
 Click donate button to get your Calendar today!

Sy’s Fund Fundrager

September 7, 2014

Phoebe Gellman (Sy’s big sister) & Friends Present:

Sy’s Fundrager

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

for more information & reservations go to

 http://donyc.com/sysfund

Sy's Fundrager
 

Sy’s Sizzlin’ Womanless Beauty Pageant 2014

May 21, 2014

Sy’s Fund Presents

Sy’s Sizzlin’ Womanless Beauty Pageant

Guys 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.
sy's sizzlers group photo
   

WHEN:  Saturday June 21st at 6:30 PM

WHERE:  McCue’s Billiards & Sports Lounge, 12 Emerald Street   Keene, NH 

$15 Admission

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
   

YA Cancer Awareness Week

February 1, 2014
 
ya cancer awareness week April 6-12 is Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week.  Each year in the USA over 72,000 young adults are newly diagnosed with cancer.  Please join us in supporting young adults who are fighting so hard to beat their cancer, as well as in remembering those we have lost to this disease way too soon. Your donation will help us to continue doing the important work of funding meaningful gifts to young adults as they go through cancer treatments, surgeries, and deal with ongoing medical issues; making a difference in their lives as they continue to fight cancer. THANK YOU  
                                                                                    

“STRONG LIKE A RIVER” 5K 2013

September 2, 2013
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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://www.firstgiving.com/sysfund/5K

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.

Ladies Night Out

August 11, 2013

SY’S FUND LADIES’ NIGHT OUT VENDOR GUIDELINES

Thursday September 12th from 6 to 9 pm.

MARRIOTT HOTEL

75 RAILROAD ST.

KEENE NH

A FABULOUS NIGHT OUT FOR A FABULOUS CAUSE!

EAT~DRINK~SHOP~MINGLE~RELAX

BRING YOUR GIRLFRIENDS, SISTERS & MOMS ~

FIRST 100 TICKET HOLDERS RECEIVE A FREE GOODIE BAG WITH COMMEMORATIVE SY’S FUND STEMLESS WINE GLASS

  General 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.
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First and Last name
     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 sysfund@gmail.com  – we are very limited at this time due to great vendor response.
The fee to setup a Vendor Booth during Sy’s Fund’s Ladies Night Out is $75. To purchase Vendor space to this event please Enter First and last name  as well as business name and click “Buy Now” below.Upon completion of checkout you will be redirected to a form to fill out. Please fill this form out completely.
First and Last name
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Sy’s Fund Third Annual Golf Tournament

June 22, 2011
    We made over $3,400 to support young adults with cancer at our Sy’s Fund Third Annual Golf Tournament, which was held on September 29, 2012 at Pine Grove Springs Country Club in Spofford N.H.  Golfers came out to support Sy’s Fund despite the drizzly weather, showing great commitment as well as good humor!  A huge shout out to Terry Bonnette for doing an incredible job with organizing this year’s tournament.  We would like to thank everyone who participated in this years tournament; from golfers to our dedicated volunteers, as well as businesses that donated items or gift certificates, and The Greenfield Cooperative Bank for sponsoring us.

Sy’s Fund 1st Annual Pool Tournament;

June 2, 2011

Sy’s Fund 1st Annual Pool Tournament

Everyone had a great time!

 

Press Article October 20, 2010

June 17, 2010

DOCUMENTING A SHORT LIFE

A mother carries on a college student’s project on living with cancer

By Dave Eisenstadter Sentinel Staff

Published: 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 deisenstadter@keenesentinel.com Copyright © 2010 – The Keene Sentinel