mike lio

mike lio
mike lio

about us

Michael's Story mike

Our son, Michael Lio, age 22, passed away October 29th, 2009 after a courageous 14 month battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and very aggressive cancer. He became ill during his junior year of college. Ewing's Sarcoma affects mostly children and young adults and attacks the bones and connective tissues. It is sometimes misdiagnosed as a sports injury and is often resistant to current treatments.

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for Ewing's Sarcoma research in memory of Michael Lio. It is our hope that researchers will find better treatments and/or a cure so that other patients and families will not have to suffer with this painful and deadly cancer.

The Decision to Partner

We decided to partner with FJC/Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative at the recommendation of some of the specialists and researchers we got to know during Michael's illness. Liddy Shriver is a well established and highly respected foundation that awards funding for grants to Sarcoma researchers from around the world. For more information go to www.sarcomahelp.org

Our Volunteersvolunteers

We formed a group called "Michael's Angels", comprised of family and friends who all collaborate on fundraising and awareness events. Each "Angel" brings their own unique contacts and talents to the table to make our fundraising events both fun and successful.

Michael's Angels

Melanie Lio, Kristin Lio, Samantha Cerny, Lindsay Cerny, Rhea Lenstrohm, Alicia Lenstrohm, Jessica Lenstrohm, Blair Crawford, Haley Peterson, Janet Wojtak, Stephanie Wojtak, Sarah Wojtak, Amy Sue Seiser, Jessica DiPiazza, Jessica Cook, Gail Yount, Whitney Walker, Tyeler Potter, Ashley Hanish, Jacci Holland, Whitney Wolfe

Grant for Ewing's Sarcoma Research

Dear Melanie and Family,

The announcement of the Ewing’s sarcoma grant that we have just made and the associated experimental plan have been posted to the web in the April issue of ESUN. The links to them are:

· $50,000 Grant Awarded for Ewing's Sarcoma Research: The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative has awarded a $50K grant for Ewing's sarcoma research at the University of Bologna in Italy. http://bit.ly/ikzHRW

· CD99 Engagement and Apoptosis in Ewing’s Sarcoma: The Role of Mitochondria and Mitochondrial DNA Mutations, Drs. Rugolo and Scotlandi discuss their approach to investigating the molecular pathways triggered by the anti-CD99 0662 antibody leading to cell death, in particular the involvement of mitochondria and to sequencing the whole mitochondrial genome to reveal the presence of mutations in EWS cells and tumors. http://bit.ly/hbejOm

We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done to help fund this grant. We anticipate that we will be awarding another Ewing’s Sarcoma study in the very near future and will apply more of your donations to it.


Bruce and Beverly

PS: The entire Table of Contents for the April 2011 issue of ESUN is located at http://bit.ly/ZV80C

Our latest study we are helping to fund!

Dear Melanie and Mario,

The announcement (http://bit.ly/j70B62) and the experimental plan (http://bit.ly/krCffc) for the Ewing’s Sarcoma grant that we discussed a few weeks ago appears in the June 2011 issue of ESUN as noted below. This issue was just published on our website. Thank you so much for helping us sponsor this research through the series of donations to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative that have resulted from the many successful “Strike Out Sarcoma!” events you have worked so hard to bring about. We hope as a result of their research that Dr. Rédini and Dr. Corradini will be able to achieve their goal of proposing zoledronic acid as adjuvant therapy for Ewing's sarcoma patients in the next European Ewing’s sarcoma protocol to help prevent recurrence and metastasis and to improve prognosis for patients with metastatic or unresponsive disease. This would indeed be a wonderful accomplishment.

We look forward to seeing you next month in New York,

Bruce and Beverly

We have raised over $100,000.00 from all of our events combined!!!