APEX Piping Systems joins Cassidy in the fight against cancer

APEX Piping Systems is recognized as the leader in process pipe and specialty metal fabrications, including ASME Code work. They are also now a leader in the fight against blood cancer.

The LRFDE is honored to welcome Apex Piping Systems, Inc. as a sponsor of the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware and the 2019 Delaware Mud Run! Apex Piping Systems, Inc. joins Cassidy Painting and Graphics as a Presenting Sponsor for this years muddy event! The generosity of Apex Piping Systems, Inc. goes far beyond their unbelievable monetary donation of $25,000 – they are committed to helping fund cutting-edge blood cancer research, and to help the LRFDE make 2019 Delaware Mud Run two days of fun for mudders in the tristate area!

Apex Piping Systems serves the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, pulp and paper, power, and marine industries. They are a “World Class” fabricator offering a superior product line including Jacketed Piping Systems, Pipe Coils, Skid Mounted Modular Process Systems, and ASME Code Pressure Vessels. In addition, they provide experienced mechanical, boiler maintenance and repair services.

With over 50 years experience in the industry, APEX Piping Systems also takes great pride in its people. Their skills have been developed in Engineering, Pipe Fitting & Welding, Forming Operations, and Quality Control that are unsurpassed in the industry. They are able to perform precision welding of a variety of piping materials, including the high alloys such as Stainless Steel, Titanium, Hastelloy, Zirconium, Aluminum, and all of the Nickel Alloys. The Company is also proficient in bending and flaring these same alloy materials.

For more information on Apex Piping Systems, Inc. please visit them online at www.apexpiping.com

Ready to get #muddy4acure?! Register NOW to join us in funding cutting-edge blood cancer research. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Registration for both Delaware Mud Run and Delaware Mud Run JR closes May 31st, 2019 at midnight!

Nemours Researchers find rare immune deficiency and leukemia pre-disposition mutation in research LRFDE helped to fund

In a manuscript published April 24th, 2019 Nemours Researchers Erin L. Crowgey, Michael C. Washburn, E. Anders Kolb and Eric G. Puffenberger, displayed their breakthrough findings.

Using advanced genomic testing for carrier and newborn screening in the Delaware and PA Amish/Mennonite communities they identified a rare, not previously described, immune deficiency and leukemia pre-disposition mutation in a Delaware Amish baby. She has since received a transplant, and now has no leukemia risk and a normal immune system. There are some rare diseases seen in these communities that researchers and doctors can now pick up at birth to prevent life-threatening and life-altering side effects. 

The Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware was sited in the acknowledgements as helping to fund this ground breaking research. As always, it is our honor to help fund the research of such brilliant, dedicated scientists like those at Nemours.


“We thank Drs. Kevin Strauss, Michael Fox, and Matthew Demczko for manuscript editing and scientific discussions; the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware and the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders for funding this work; and the Nemours Biomedical Research Department for supporting E.L.C.”

To read the manuscript please click here.

ABCares Delaware

For NINE YEARS ABCares Delaware has supported the ongoing efforts of the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware by getting #muddy4acure at the Delaware Mud Run and…. they’re back at it again for 2019!!

ABCares Delaware is the service committee of ABC Delaware. The mission of ABCares is to have ABC members make a difference in their community by giving their time and effort to have a positive impact on the quality of life in the First State.

There is no doubt that they are achieving their mission, especially for those effected by cancer. Teams from ABCares Delaware have won our top prizes for their fundraising efforts and have consistently won over our hearts with their creative mudding attire. From all of the LRFDE volunteers, we would like to publicly thank ABCares Delaware for their unwavering support, dedication, and genuine passion for helping us move towards a cancer free world.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association that advances and defends the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and provides its members with an opportunity to succeed. The Delaware Chapter of ABC is located in the Airport Industrial Park near the intersection of Route 13 & 273 in New Castle. For more information on ABC Delaware please visit their website at www.abcdelaware.com

Recap: Premier Black Tie Gala a Smashing Success

Foles encourages continued fundraising efforts, recognizes local hero

The Chase Center on the Riverfront was sold out on Friday February 15th as over 500 guests attended the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware’s 12thAnnual Black Tie Gala. The one hundred percent volunteer driven nonprofit credited it’s record breaking attendance to the dedication of its volunteers and to the continued sponsorship from some of the largest businesses in the Tri-State area. 

With 150 auction items, ranging from small gift baskets to courtside tickets for a 76ers game, guests enjoyed cocktails, bidding, and the comradery of being a part of a very prominent guest list. Cocktails were followed by a formal dinner and short program during which time Executive Director Denni Ferrara candidly spoke about her experience with cancer and of the many milestones the foundation had reached in the past few years. The LRFDE is currently fulfilling their second one-million-dollar grant to Nemours A.I DuPont Hospital, and was honored to have Patient Unit 3 East of the Hospital named in their honor last December. Ferrara also acknowledged the ongoing support of Cassidy Painting, the Presenting Sponsor for past 12 years. More specifically, the Cassidy Family was thanked for going above and beyond during the 2018 Gala that ended in a loss of power from a severe winter storm. 

Utilizing a play on words, Ferrara and the 2019 Gala Committee asked guests to continue to “be the light” in the lives of those affected by cancer. In the eyes of one guest in particular, the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware fulfilled that role. Julia Wise, a 24-year-old Delaware native who is courageously living with stage IV metastatic cancer, joined Ferrara on stage to receive a gift of a lifetime. In a recorded message, Super bowl Champion Nick Foles acknowledged the work of the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware and encouraged guests to continue with their efforts. Foles then spoke directly to Wise, stating he was humbled by her courage and fight. Wise, in disbelief, was presented with a custom jersey with Foles number and a loud applause from guests. 

The Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware raised an astonishing $300,000 from the five-hour event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the 12thAnnual Premier Black Tie Gala go directly to fund cutting-edge blood cancer research. As a volunteer driven organization, the LRFDE prides itself on having no administrative fees and has continued to be an advocate for transparency in the non-profit community. 

Highlights of 2019

Sponsor Spotlight: An inside look at tomorrow evenings Presenting Sponsor, Cassidy Painting

For the past twelve years, (yes – you read that correctly – TWELVE years) Cassidy Painting has proudly been the Presenting Sponsor of the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware’s Premier Black Tie Gala.

What began as a friendship with the foundations Executive Director and her family, has now become an unbreakable bond that is the epitome of love, dedication, and teamwork. Months prior to tomorrow nights 12th Annual Black Tie Gala, the Cassidy Family and their renowned painting and graphics companies, began their planning. Signs, banners, decor, and an astonishing $25,000 sponsorship level has continued to make the Cassidy Family’s dedication to funding cutting-edge blood cancer research nothing short of unbelievable.

For over 25 years, Cassidy Painting has provided the East Coast with unmatched quality and customer service within their industry. From high profile commercial buildings to large industrial complexes, customers go to Cassidy Painting when they need reliable, experienced professionals and innovative solutions to meet their individual project needs.

Located in Newport, DE, Cassidy Painting has served thousands of businesses throughout the mid-Atlantic region and along the entire East Coast. Their services include but are not limited to, commercial painting, industrial coatings, fireproofing, sandblasting services, and fleet/automotive refinishing.

In addition to supporting the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware and managing their businesses, the Cassidy and Horney families welcomed their own little additions a few months ago. Luke and Beau Horney are proudly the newest members of the Black Tie Gala Committee!

For more information on Cassidy Painting and Graphics, please visit their website at www.cassidypainting.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: Reybold Group Donates 15K to Leukemia Research

We at the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware are proud to honor the Reybold Group for their continuous support of the LRFDE and for being a trusted partner with many organizations in the communities which they serve. Most recently, the Reybold Group generously donated an outstanding $15,000 to the LRFDE to aid in our mission of providing continuous funding to cutting-edge blood cancer research!!

In addition to their generous donation, the Reybold Group also designed and published a billboard promoting the foundation –  their powerful message in support of the LRFDE sits on RT.273 in Newark. 

It is an honor and a privilege to have the sponsorship of the Reybold Group, a leading provider in commercial and residential development. They, without a doubt, uphold the important value of giving back to their community and it is obvious that they share the same hopeful vision for the future that we do: a world without cancer. For that, we are forever grateful. 

Pictured Above: The billboard proof designed and donated by the Reybold Group – located on RT. 273 in Newark.

The Reybold Group is a multi-faceted and integrated company with 50 years’ real estate experience. Their ultimate vision is to continuously improve the quality of life (live, work, play) in the region. To achieve their goal, Reybold has invested in and developed several business units including:

> Construction
> Residential Leasing
> New Residential Sales
> Commercial Leasing
> Construction Technologies

Each division’s management objectives highlight safety and a commitment to excellence. Accordingly, they carefully design each project surpassing existing code and Green standards; vet and select local merchants who supply the best materials and qualified labor, providing cost savings in the processes that they share with their customers; develop relationships with their customers assuring satisfaction and excellence in the customer experience; invest in the region’s good works improving the quality of living and working throughout New Castle County; and furnish and support vital jobs that support the local economy.

For more information on the Reybold Group please click here.


Cassidy Painting & Schagrin Gas vow to get #muddy4acure!

Our dedicated sponsor since the founding of LRFDE, Cassidy Painting, has graciously donated $25,000 to support the 2018 Delaware Mud Run! Cassidy Painting’s donation renders them our Presenting Sponsor for this years event. Their sponsorship aids in supporting our 10th Anniversary Mud Run which will be held Saturday, June 9th, 2018.  

The Cassidy Family and their businesses have supported the Delaware Mud Run for the past 10 years with a Presenting Sponsorship donation EVERY YEAR since the Delaware Mud Run premiered in 2008. Not only are their dollars crucial in funding cancer research and hosting a muddy event, their dedication and selfless contributions to Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware far exceed monetary value. You can find Lisa, Mike, and their children volunteering before and after the event so that so that participants can get #muddy4acure! 

For over 25 years, Cassidy Painting has provided the East Coast with unmatched quality and customer service within their industry. From high profile commercial buildings to large industrial complexes, their customers come to them when they need reliable, experienced professionals and innovative solutions to meet their individual project needs. Their services include but are not limited to, commercial painting, industrial coatings, fireproofing, sandblasting services, and fleet/automotive refinishing. 

For more information about Cassidy Painting, please visit their website www.cassidypainting.com 

We are also ecstatic to announce that Schagrin Gas is a proud Muddy Sponsor of the Delaware Mud Run! Their donation of $10,000 dollars aids in supporting our 10th Anniversary Mud Run and is another crucial part of funding blood cancer research. Schagrin Gas also donated these custom, colorful, totally awesome, Delaware Mud Run coozies perfect for a cold beverage on a hot June day! 

Schagrin Gas is a family owned and operated business who serves as a leading provider in creating comfortable homes with customized comprehensive services and top-of-the-line equipment. Their products and services include: HVAC, service plans, grills, water conditioning systems, room zone heaters, pool heaters, gas hot water heaters, standby power generators, and fireplaces. 

For more information about Schagrin Gas, please visit their website www.schagringas.com

***Sponsorship opportunities for our 2018 Delaware Mud Run are still available. For more information about sponsorship please visit us at www.delawaremudrun.com and click on “sponsor”. 

“Powerless”: A note from a LRFDE Volunteer

Anytime after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve should be considered “Gala Season”. The behind the scenes work is some of the most exhausting and equally most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done. Between spreadsheets, media posts, and the running to-do lists, you will find laughter, excitement, and a dose or ten of sushi to keep us energized. Yet even after crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s some things end up out of our control. After losing power in the late afternoon I would be lying if I said my heart didn’t sink a little. I lost track of the questions running through my head about the ways in which it was still possible to pull the evening off.

Under battery operated lights guests started to funnel in. I welcomed one woman in particular who changed the course of my whole evening. After handing her a program book, I invited her to grab a drink and reiterated that we would be “up and rolling” with generators shortly. She then looked at me, just as calmly as if she had walked into a fully lit and heated room, and said “Hey, I survived cancer… This. Is. Nothing. The show goes on.”

It was then that I stopped and noticed my surroundings. Mr. Cassidy who should’ve been in a tuxedo, was in a work jacket. Mrs. Ferrara remained focused under the pressure of hosting 450 guests and the need to raise funds, especially given the circumstances. Nina Warren and Kari Mayhew planned registration without a computer system. Countless amounts of volunteers asked “where can I be of service”. Teamwork. Resilience. Positivity. All of this was evident on Friday night. I couldn’t help but notice how the power of community is essential to moving forward. I took note of the resiliency of those volunteers who overcame one “road block” only to hit another, but kept working to make the 2018 Gala a success. Not once was anyone on our team not positive, and if they were internally worried, they remained upbeat and professional.

I’ve never had cancer, nor have I had a family member who has. While the circumstances of Friday seemed heartbreaking at times, I was reminded that, in the scheme of things, the surface stuff doesn’t matter. I was reassured that what seemed big to me in the moment was nothing in comparison to the power of people, of their resiliency, and of positivity. What perspective a cancer survivor can give. I feel privileged to have checked that understanding woman in. She doesn’t know how important she was to me in that moment.

In the words of Robert Longyear during Friday night’s program: “funding research matters, because people matter”.

Anonymous LRFDE Volunteer 

Pictured Above: LRFDE Volunteer, Ava Ferrara, sleeps in front of the Deerfield Country Club fireplace at 2AM with News Journal article about a trial drug funded by LRFDE to her right.

Cassidy Painting: Presenting Sponsor For 2018 Black Tie Gala!

We are honored and grateful to announce that Cassidy Painting has generously committed to being our 2018 Black Tie Gala Presenting Sponsor! Cassidy Painting’s $25,000 dollar sponsorship aids in making the LRFDE Black Tie Gala the first class event we strive for it to be. We could not raise the funds we do without the generous support from businesses like Cassidy Painting!

The Cassidy Family has generously sponsored our Premier Black Tie Gala EVERY YEAR since it’s debut in 2008. They have also been presenting sponsors for the Delaware Mud Run, and the Delaware Mud Run Jr. Their contributions over the past eleven years total more than 1 million dollars. 

For over 25 years, Cassidy Painting has provided the East Coast with unmatched quality and customer service within their industry. From high profile commercial buildings to large industrial complexes, customers come to them when they need reliable, experienced professionals and innovative solutions to meet their individual project needs. Their services include but are not limited to, commercial painting, industrial coatings, fireproofing, sandblasting services, and fleet/automotive refinishing. 

For more information about Cassidy Painting, please visit cassidypainting.com

Independence School Goes Gold For A Cure!

The Independence School Student Government Association proudly supported our efforts of funding research by “Going Gold” on Friday January 19th, 2018. The student body participated in a “dress down day” to raise awareness for cancer research and concluded their day with a gold themed dance in the gymnasium. Strobe lights, great music, good food and awesome door prizes made for an exciting evening! Independence School donated a grand total of $1,285!!

We are so grateful to build working relationships with students like the Independence School, who support our mission and believe in our dedication, to give one hundred percent of every dollar to research. 

Many thanks to the Student Government Association and advisors Tanya Godsey and Mr. Raab for all of their hard work!