Bite Me Cancer Foundation

Bite Me Cancer Foundation Attitude is everything; join us! Bite Me Cancer was started by Nikki Ferraro in April 2010 as a Relay For Life team. Nikki decided to participate in Relay after she was diagnosed in April 2010 with a rare form of thyroid cancer.

She and her team raised over $20,000! Once Relay was over, Nikki decided to keep the name, start a foundation and try to help others dealing with cancer.

She and her team raised over $20,000! Once Relay was over, Nikki decided to keep the name, start a foundation and try to help others dealing with cancer.

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Next in our series of highlighting our honorees is the Raley family. In 2014, they became involved after finding Bite Me...
11/03/2021

Next in our series of highlighting our honorees is the Raley family. In 2014, they became involved after finding Bite Me Cancer while dealing with their own 17 year old daughter, Madeleine, who had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The friendship of the two families was immediate.

Rich put together a few outstanding fundraisers while he pushed himself to ride his motorcycle across the Mojave Desert and across Alaska raising $5,000+ and $10,000+. The family has been a sponsor for many Bite Me Cancer events through their own company, has driven from their home in MD to attend activities and has been a consistent supporter for the Ferraro Family.

Next in our series of highlighting our honorees is the Raley family. In 2014, they became involved after finding Bite Me Cancer while dealing with their own 17 year old daughter, Madeleine, who had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The friendship of the two families was immediate.

Rich put together a few outstanding fundraisers while he pushed himself to ride his motorcycle across the Mojave Desert and across Alaska raising $5,000+ and $10,000+. The family has been a sponsor for many Bite Me Cancer events through their own company, has driven from their home in MD to attend activities and has been a consistent supporter for the Ferraro Family.

Here are some of our awesome volunteers who helped us put Teen Support Bags together last time. We are excited to assemb...
11/02/2021

Here are some of our awesome volunteers who helped us put Teen Support Bags together last time. We are excited to assemble more bags and ship them out early next month! Thank you to all who donated at our wine dinner and in other ways to make this possible! With our next order, we will reach over 9,000 teenagers who deal with cancer!

Here are some of our awesome volunteers who helped us put Teen Support Bags together last time. We are excited to assemble more bags and ship them out early next month! Thank you to all who donated at our wine dinner and in other ways to make this possible! With our next order, we will reach over 9,000 teenagers who deal with cancer!

Happy Motivation Monday! Make it a great day!
11/01/2021

Happy Motivation Monday! Make it a great day!

Happy Motivation Monday! Make it a great day!

Please vote for Bite Me Cancer! One of our Teen Support bag vendors (and one of our recent honorees), Raelyn Marketing, ...
10/29/2021

Please vote for Bite Me Cancer! One of our Teen Support bag vendors (and one of our recent honorees), Raelyn Marketing, is offering a generous donation to 1 of 3 nonprofits! Voting ends 11/30/21 so vote now and vote often! You just have to go to this link, https://www.raelynmarketing.com, and click on the green $30 For 30 Years button, fill out the small contact info, and vote for BMC! You don’t have to place an order with this company, she just wants to offer the donation to us.

So far, the donation is $1,300 and growing – and we need to win! 😊 Please pass this on to your family, friends, peers, etc.

Please vote for Bite Me Cancer! One of our Teen Support bag vendors (and one of our recent honorees), Raelyn Marketing, is offering a generous donation to 1 of 3 nonprofits! Voting ends 11/30/21 so vote now and vote often! You just have to go to this link, https://www.raelynmarketing.com, and click on the green $30 For 30 Years button, fill out the small contact info, and vote for BMC! You don’t have to place an order with this company, she just wants to offer the donation to us.

So far, the donation is $1,300 and growing – and we need to win! 😊 Please pass this on to your family, friends, peers, etc.

There are lots of videos on our YouTube channel! We’ve added 8 new videos from our recent annual wine dinner including a...
10/28/2021
Nikki leads a toast to the cancer survivors and her parents surprise her with a toast too, 9/17/21.

There are lots of videos on our YouTube channel! We’ve added 8 new videos from our recent annual wine dinner including a special toast from Nikki - and a surprise one from her parents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_8768axoNQ

Each year, we toast the cancer survivors and also the parents of children/teenagers dealing with cancer. This year, along with that, Nikki’s parents surprise...

Today, we present the DiCesare family who couldn’t attend our wine dinner to receive their Honoree Award. So, Nikki’s pa...
10/27/2021

Today, we present the DiCesare family who couldn’t attend our wine dinner to receive their Honoree Award. So, Nikki’s parents went to the DiCesare home. In 2013, daughter Rachel wanted to help Bite Me Cancer for her Bat Mitzvah project because her mom, Joanne, was a thyroid cancer survivor.

She set up a lemonade stand project and raised $1,600! Unfortunately, Rachel also became diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 14 years old. The commitment became even stronger to help Bite Me Cancer, so the family started an annual home fundraiser that grew each year, raising $5,000, $6,000 and $8,000. It was impressive to see the outstanding support that this family brought together! Joe is a member of the Development Committee, and the family continues to support the foundation.

We recently received an email from an 18 year old diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after he received our Teen...
10/26/2021
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We recently received an email from an 18 year old diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after he received our Teen Support Bag. We are so sorry he has to deal with cancer, but we love his email to us.

If you want to learn more about how we've given bags to almost 9,000 teens dealing with cancer in every state and DC, please go to:
https://www.bitemecancer.org/teen-support-bags

Nikki's attitude is why Bite Me Cancer was formed in September 2010. She was only 17 years old and had been diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer just 5 months earlier.  Nikki's goal for the foundation was and still is to provide inspiration, education and research.

It's @MotivationMonday! It's up to you as to how you spend your time and where your focus goes. What is a new result you...
10/25/2021

It's @MotivationMonday! It's up to you as to how you spend your time and where your focus goes. What is a new result you would like to go after?

It's @MotivationMonday! It's up to you as to how you spend your time and where your focus goes. What is a new result you would like to go after?

We are so grateful when “our” teens send us their photo and comments after they receive our Teen Support Bag!
10/21/2021

We are so grateful when “our” teens send us their photo and comments after they receive our Teen Support Bag!

We are so grateful when “our” teens send us their photo and comments after they receive our Teen Support Bag!

Get to know one of our families honored at our wine dinner last month! Jeanine, Colin and Jordan Callahan have been help...
10/20/2021

Get to know one of our families honored at our wine dinner last month! Jeanine, Colin and Jordan Callahan have been helping Bite Me Cancer since the original Bite Me Cancer team was developed for Relay for Life BEFORE the foundation was formed. Jordan was 7 yrs. old then and was at that Relay!

Jeanine joined the first Board of Directors in Sept. 2010. When Jeanine needed to come off the board, her husband became a board member. They've consistently supported Bite Me Cancer at events. Also, Colin was Co-Chair of the Teen Support Committee for many years. Colin and Jordan have been an integral part of our Teen Support Bag stuffing events, and the foundation greatly depends on them. Jeanine has joined in too.

Over the years, Jordan's own dedication and commitment to the foundation has been very impressive, and we are truly grateful for his participation.

Get to know one of our families honored at our wine dinner last month! Jeanine, Colin and Jordan Callahan have been helping Bite Me Cancer since the original Bite Me Cancer team was developed for Relay for Life BEFORE the foundation was formed. Jordan was 7 yrs. old then and was at that Relay!

Jeanine joined the first Board of Directors in Sept. 2010. When Jeanine needed to come off the board, her husband became a board member. They've consistently supported Bite Me Cancer at events. Also, Colin was Co-Chair of the Teen Support Committee for many years. Colin and Jordan have been an integral part of our Teen Support Bag stuffing events, and the foundation greatly depends on them. Jeanine has joined in too.

Over the years, Jordan's own dedication and commitment to the foundation has been very impressive, and we are truly grateful for his participation.

We are so grateful for our dedicated Board of Directors! Last Saturday, we had a retreat to focus on our vision, strateg...
10/19/2021

We are so grateful for our dedicated Board of Directors! Last Saturday, we had a retreat to focus on our vision, strategies and efficiencies for our all-volunteer organization.

It was exciting to have a guest speaker who shared best practices for developing stronger relationships, sponsorships and more. It was also very rewarding to step back and really think about how much the foundation has expanded its reach across the country to help so many!

We are so grateful for our dedicated Board of Directors! Last Saturday, we had a retreat to focus on our vision, strategies and efficiencies for our all-volunteer organization.

It was exciting to have a guest speaker who shared best practices for developing stronger relationships, sponsorships and more. It was also very rewarding to step back and really think about how much the foundation has expanded its reach across the country to help so many!

Happy #MotivationMonday! Make it a great day!
10/18/2021

Happy #MotivationMonday! Make it a great day!

Happy #MotivationMonday! Make it a great day!

Check out our latest e-newsletter! There is a wonderful video showing Jeanine Callahan, our long-time supporter and hono...
10/15/2021

Check out our latest e-newsletter! There is a wonderful video showing Jeanine Callahan, our long-time supporter and honoree, as she gives a great introduction of Nikki at the wine dinner. https://bit.ly/2YSk7Is

Check out our latest e-newsletter! There is a wonderful video showing Jeanine Callahan, our long-time supporter and honoree, as she gives a great introduction of Nikki at the wine dinner. https://bit.ly/2YSk7Is

Go Caps! We are happy for last night's win of the Washington Capitals and are remembering in February 2020 when Bite Me ...
10/14/2021

Go Caps! We are happy for last night's win of the Washington Capitals and are remembering in February 2020 when Bite Me Cancer was given the use of a corporate suite so we could invite supporters as well as a family with a teenager dealing with cancer.

As the season progresses, please let us know if your company has an opportunity to donate a suite for our use. :)

Go Caps! We are happy for last night's win of the Washington Capitals and are remembering in February 2020 when Bite Me Cancer was given the use of a corporate suite so we could invite supporters as well as a family with a teenager dealing with cancer.

As the season progresses, please let us know if your company has an opportunity to donate a suite for our use. :)

Today we highlight the second individual who is one of our 11 Bite Me Cancer honorees. Mark Searle started with Bite Me ...
10/13/2021

Today we highlight the second individual who is one of our 11 Bite Me Cancer honorees. Mark Searle started with Bite Me Cancer as a member of our first board in September 2010. He had known the Ferraro Family and was willing to help start the foundation.

Mark remained on the board for many years and has held many roles including Vice Chair of the Board, Co-Chair of the Development Committee and Co-Chair of the Teen Support Committee. Throughout all the years, he continues to be super supportive and participates in any way he can. Currently, he is a member of the Teen Support Committee. Now, even his wife, Paula, is on the Wine Dinner Committee!

Today we highlight the second individual who is one of our 11 Bite Me Cancer honorees. Mark Searle started with Bite Me Cancer as a member of our first board in September 2010. He had known the Ferraro Family and was willing to help start the foundation.

Mark remained on the board for many years and has held many roles including Vice Chair of the Board, Co-Chair of the Development Committee and Co-Chair of the Teen Support Committee. Throughout all the years, he continues to be super supportive and participates in any way he can. Currently, he is a member of the Teen Support Committee. Now, even his wife, Paula, is on the Wine Dinner Committee!

Happy #MotivationMonday! So good - you can be bold and brave!
10/11/2021

Happy #MotivationMonday! So good - you can be bold and brave!

Happy #MotivationMonday! So good - you can be bold and brave!

Here is your opportunity to listen to Nikki, our founder, as she spoke at the Bite Me Cancer wine dinner on Sept. 17. Ni...
10/07/2021

Here is your opportunity to listen to Nikki, our founder, as she spoke at the Bite Me Cancer wine dinner on Sept. 17. Nikki shared her experiences and perspective about being a teenager dealing with cancer and what questions teens ask along the way. https://bit.ly/2YqsWZV

Here is your opportunity to listen to Nikki, our founder, as she spoke at the Bite Me Cancer wine dinner on Sept. 17. Nikki shared her experiences and perspective about being a teenager dealing with cancer and what questions teens ask along the way. https://bit.ly/2YqsWZV

Today we are going to begin sharing our 11 honorees with you. They were presented at our wine dinner. Each Wednesday, yo...
10/06/2021

Today we are going to begin sharing our 11 honorees with you. They were presented at our wine dinner. Each Wednesday, you will learn about one of these dedicated and supportive honorees (individuals, families and organizations). Today we are featuring Meryl Bisaga.

Meryl came to Bite Me Cancer in 2012 and jumped right in to offer her help and joined the Development Committee. Later that year, she became a member of the Board of Directors. She was Co-Chair of the Development Committee and then moved to her current role as Co-Chair of the Finance/Operations Committee.

She is currently our Treasurer. Last year, she also became Co-Chair of the Wine Dinner Committee. Meryl’s dedication to Bite Me Cancer is amazing. Over the years, she has also involved her employer and other companies as sponsors and has brought many of her family and friends to a variety of events which has resulted in her bringing in over $100,000 so far! Thank you, Meryl Bisaga!

Today we are going to begin sharing our 11 honorees with you. They were presented at our wine dinner. Each Wednesday, you will learn about one of these dedicated and supportive honorees (individuals, families and organizations). Today we are featuring Meryl Bisaga.

Meryl came to Bite Me Cancer in 2012 and jumped right in to offer her help and joined the Development Committee. Later that year, she became a member of the Board of Directors. She was Co-Chair of the Development Committee and then moved to her current role as Co-Chair of the Finance/Operations Committee.

She is currently our Treasurer. Last year, she also became Co-Chair of the Wine Dinner Committee. Meryl’s dedication to Bite Me Cancer is amazing. Over the years, she has also involved her employer and other companies as sponsors and has brought many of her family and friends to a variety of events which has resulted in her bringing in over $100,000 so far! Thank you, Meryl Bisaga!

Sometimes our Teen Support Bag goes to someone it wasn’t directly intended for, BUT a wonderful story can happen from it...
10/05/2021

Sometimes our Teen Support Bag goes to someone it wasn’t directly intended for, BUT a wonderful story can happen from it. A Child Life Specialist has a sweet 5 year old cancer patient with a teen sibling. That sibling didn’t have anything to do while in the hospital with his brother, so the Child Life person gave the teen one of our bags.

The 5 year old quickly grabbed the hat and ear buds from the bag! Later his mom used the adult coloring book from the bag and was coloring next to her son as he used his own younger coloring book. 😊

Sometimes our Teen Support Bag goes to someone it wasn’t directly intended for, BUT a wonderful story can happen from it. A Child Life Specialist has a sweet 5 year old cancer patient with a teen sibling. That sibling didn’t have anything to do while in the hospital with his brother, so the Child Life person gave the teen one of our bags.

The 5 year old quickly grabbed the hat and ear buds from the bag! Later his mom used the adult coloring book from the bag and was coloring next to her son as he used his own younger coloring book. 😊

Happy #MotivationMonday!
10/04/2021

Happy #MotivationMonday!

Happy #MotivationMonday!

Check out a highlight video from our recent wine dinner! This photo is of our board of directors who all were able to at...
10/02/2021
Highlight reel from our annual wine dinner!

Check out a highlight video from our recent wine dinner! This photo is of our board of directors who all were able to attend our event. https://bitemecancer.dm.networkforgood.com/emails/today-is-the-day-nikki-s-special-video-message-for-you

After almost 2 years of planning and postponements, we were so grateful to hold our event on Sept. 17! We can't thank everyone enough for your support, purchases of sponsorships and tickets, donations, MANY volunteers, and so much more!

Thank you to all who attended our 7th annual "It's in the Bag" fundraiser on September 17, 2021. It was almost 2 years i...
09/30/2021

Thank you to all who attended our 7th annual "It's in the Bag" fundraiser on September 17, 2021. It was almost 2 years in the making due to Covid. We appreciate all the financial support (onsite donors, sponsors, ticket purchasers, other donors) and the volunteer support (our board, our committees) who helped us to raise almost $92,000! Save September 16, 2022 for our next dinner at Westwood Country Club, Vienna, VA! (Thank you to our awesome photographer Joan Shontell Knecht for her pro bono services!)

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Here is a thyroid cancer survivor's message: "I wanted to share my story wi...
09/29/2021

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Here is a thyroid cancer survivor's message: "I wanted to share my story with you. Back in 2015, I started to feel symptoms but I would go to my regular check ups and nothing really. Then March 28, 2016, I felt weird that day and had bad anxiety attacks and went to the Emergency Room. They just gave me medicine and said it was stress. I just felt weird, and I started to look into thyroid issues and listening to my body.

I found my own cancer when many doctors told me it was stress. I want to help others like me and make sure to tell people to listen to your body, and it's not in your head as many doctors told me.

Today it's almost 5 years, I’m 34 years old; and I still struggle with many symptoms. But I'm glad I listened to my body because it was thyroid cancer that changed my life."

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Here is a thyroid cancer survivor's message: "I wanted to share my story with you. Back in 2015, I started to feel symptoms but I would go to my regular check ups and nothing really. Then March 28, 2016, I felt weird that day and had bad anxiety attacks and went to the Emergency Room. They just gave me medicine and said it was stress. I just felt weird, and I started to look into thyroid issues and listening to my body.

I found my own cancer when many doctors told me it was stress. I want to help others like me and make sure to tell people to listen to your body, and it's not in your head as many doctors told me.

Today it's almost 5 years, I’m 34 years old; and I still struggle with many symptoms. But I'm glad I listened to my body because it was thyroid cancer that changed my life."

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Fairfax, VA
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General information

Welcome to the Bite Me Cancer "business page." We look forward to sharing foundation news/goals/activities, updates about Nikki, as well as research news, cancer-related updates, and inspirational stories about about those going through the cancer journey. A private group page called Bite Me Cancer Cares has been developed that provides a closed community of support for those teens and young adults who would like a safe and supportive environment to share their thoughts, stories, and victories. If you know a teen or young adult who is battling cancer - any cancer - we invite you to let them know about the group page. You can also send an email to [email protected] if you have questions or interested teens. The foundation has a board of directors as well as the following committees (please let us know if you'd like to get involved as a volunteer): Development Committee, Teen Support Committee, Communications Committee, Finance/Operations Committee, Thyroid Cancer Research Committee.

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Bite Me Cancer is a 501(c) 3 organization with 2 main goals. One goal is to support/inspire teenagers who are battling all kinds of cancer (especially through our Teen Support bags), and the other goal is to fund Thyroid Cancer research grants.

Our Teen Support Bags are distributed (for free) to teenagers in treatment for all cancers in hospitals across the country. The items in the bag are teen-specific and are helpful to show our support as well as to inspire these special teenagers. Teenagers get “stuck” between the younger pediatric support programs and the adult programs, and they need help! As of 4/2020, we have shipped out over 7,000 bags to teenagers in every state and DC through almost 130 hospital partners in ALL states.

We have directly funded 7 thyroid cancer research grants so far! Thyroid Cancer has been one of the fastest increasing cancers in the US for both men and women for a number of years. It’s definitely a misunderstood cancer and NOT the “good cancer.” We talk directly with our researchers and follow their progress. It’s very important to find better treatment options as well as cures for the many variations of Thyroid Cancer.

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Fire fighter of 24 years with a special needs son. Has cancer, going to lose home because of it. BE A HERO, HELP A HERO AND PLEASE HELP AND SHARE!!
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2016- Diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the left breast, Stage 0. Two lumpectomies, 33 radiation treatments, and Tamoxifen. 2018- Diagnosed with Invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast, Stage 1. Third lumpectomy, another 33 radiation treatments (total of 66 treatments), and monthly anti-neoplastic chemo injections and daily oral chemo medication. BITE ME CANCER!!!
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As Nikki's mom, and going through 7.5 years of cancer with her so far, I feel very blessed that we have Nikki with us to turn 25 years old. So much gratitude! Please share in our celebration by helping her keep her foundation mission going.
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