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Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium- 2/20-22,  2014

9114HNC Founder Cookie Kerxton and advisor Carol Kanga represented our nonprofit at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium February 20-22, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona.* We enjoyed two tables prominently located in the lobby between the lecture hall and the room for food and exhibits; thanks to our board advisor Jonathan Willen, Cookie and Carol had everything they could possibly need to create an outstanding display of four masks as well as brochures, books, and 65 give-away posters — they were a big hit! In addition, several attendees purchased books, while many more said they’d be ordering the book from the website for the waiting rooms in their clinics. We also sold three of the four masks displayed, and the fourth one was sent to Tennessee for the Courage Unmasked event in Nashville on September 27, 2014. Our heartfelt thanks go especially to ASTRO’s event planner Sara Mansoor for her tremendously valuable help, skill, and unfailing sense of humor.

*The 2014 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium was co-sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the American Head & Neck Society (AHNS); the event explored the heterogeneous group of tumors in head and neck cancers, and the various complexities and factors in providing treatment.


Courage Unmasked 2-  9/12/12

Courage Unmasked 2 was held at The Katzen Arts Center at American University in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2012.  300 people attended the event which consisted of a Live and Silent Auction of 59 works of art transformed from radiation masks, formerly used by head and neck cancer patients, into incredible art pieces.  The proceeds went into the 9114HNC (Help for Head and Neck Cancer) fund which grants money to patients with head and neck cancer in financial need.


The First Courage Unmasked Event9/9/2009

More than 100 artists around the country created absolutely stunning fine art sculptures by transforming radiation masks formerly worn by head and neck cancer patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment. You can see photos f these inspiring mask transformations at our Photo Gallery page.

On September 9, 2009, the four-hour Courage Unmasked gala was hosted by the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center in Washington, DC. Attended by more than 600 gala art auction participants, sponsors, and donors, this landmark event launched the ability of the 9114HNC Fund to offer financial support to HNC patients.