CURE Childhood Cancer Holds ‘Catie’s Gathering’ Fundraiser in Savannah

Staff Report

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, hosted Catie’s Gathering, a dinner and auction at the Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees' Garden, 660 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401.  
Catie’s Gathering is an annual warm and energetic event benefiting the Catie’s Fund program at CURE Childhood Cancer. This year’s Savannah dinner began with a cocktail reception featuring the sounds of old-school country and rock band Junkyard Angel. As the dinner started, CURE’s CEO Kristin Connor delivered remarks on the impact of CURE’s funding of research in precision medicine. The program also included a live and silent auction, a raffle, and an inspiring presentation of a brave young boy battling a rare type of cancer. 
Since its inception, Catie’s Gathering has expanded from one to five event locations in South Georgia. In addition to Savannah, Catie’s Gatherings are also held in Bryan County, Effingham County, Moultrie and Statesboro. To date, Catie’s Fund has raised nearly $3 million. This is the tenth Catie’s Gathering in Savannah.
"The growth of Catie’s Gathering and the momentum we’re building once again will have a tangible impact on critical research. With that in mind, it’s a real thrill to hold another fantastic event,” said Mandy Garola, Vice President of CURE in South Georgia. “We were excited to have our CEO Kristin Connor join us, and I can’t thank our volunteers, hostesses, donors and sponsors enough, especially Coastal Electric of Georgia. The generosity of this community continues to inspire all of us at CURE.”
Funds raised are invested in CURE’s research initiatives – specifically the Precision Medicine program, which focuses on individualized treatments based on each child’s genetic makeup. The funds are also used to offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.
Coastal Electric of Georgia sponsored the 2023 Catie’s Gathering Savannah. Additional sponsors included Memorial Health, Savannah Toyota, and Dr. Larry and Susan Woods. 

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in how they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. More than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year, and incidence rates are increasing yearly. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years.