GIVEHOPE Pancreatic Cancer Research & Awareness Fund in Honor of:


Bethany Sininger Flege, Bryan Speicher, Joyce Schwettman Ogden, Phyllis A Conner Parry, and Kathy Ruthman Neff


GIVEHOPE is an all-volunteer organization supporting local cancer patients, their families and local researchers.  The funds are held at the Community Foundation West Chester Liberty with 25% of all donations endowed for future research.  In our first 3 years in conjunction with our corporate partner BSI Engineering over $100,000 has been raised for pancreatic cancer research and awareness.


The GIVEHOPE Fund was founded in December of 2010 to raise funds to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research, Education, Prevention, and Awareness Programs with preference given to the Greater Cincinnati area. In addition to supporting cancer research, funds may be used to increase community awareness; The 5 year survival rate for pancreatic cancer currently is 6%, unchanged for 30 years.


It is the goal that progress can be made to reduce the fatality rate for pancreatic cancer one of the top 4 causes of cancer deaths (breast, lung, & colon the others). The fight against pancreatic cancer continues to be an uphill battle (The National Cancer institute spent 6 times more money on breast cancer research and 3 times more money on lung & colon cancer research) but progress is being made.


In the first year GIVEHOPE in conjunction with BSI Engineering awarded $21,100 to the UC Pancreas Disease Team for their research project “Alternatively Spliced Tissue Factor a Novel Biomarker”.  Dr. Bogdonov then received a $300,000 grant from National Institute of Health to continue his research.  Only 7% of all grants across all medical fields receive NIH funding. Part of our second grant of $30,000 was used to host the 9th UC Pancreatic Cancer Symposium to educate doctors and nurses about the latest in pancreatic cancer research, symptoms, and treatment options.  Our third grant in November 2013 of $35,000 has received 3 requests for funding from the University of Cincinnati and the recipient of this grant will be announced in June 2014.  A total of $18,000 has been endowed at the Community Foundation to support future research and awareness programs.  In March 2014 GIVEHOPE donated an infusion chair to UC Barrett Cancer Center Rooms that Rock makeover.



Mark your Calendars for June 20th  11-1:30 at Fountain Square for the 4th GIVEHOPE on the Square.

GIVEHOPE on the Square is Friday please join us for lunch (11am- 1:30pm) at Fountain Square, invite your family, friends, and co-workers to join us.

Lunch is only $7 and we have a great lineup of participating restaurants (see below list).

New this year is entertainment which is provided by DJ Blu and Sounds Unlimited Productions.

We want to invite everyone to come down from 11am -1:30pm  and fill out a GIVEHOPE Card to honor someone who is fighting the battle with any type of cancer, a survivor, or someone who has lost their battle with cancer.  These cards will be displayed at all the restaurants booths throughout the square.

The Q-KIDZ will be performing, they have performed all over the city including the Red's opening day parade.

We would also like to thank all of our corporate sponsors: Gold Star Chili (4th year), Fox19 (4th year), our corporate sponsor BSI Engineering, Coordinated Financial Planning and Wealth Management, Falhaber Nissan, Ethicon Better Surgery for a Better World, Microsoft, and our fund holder the West Chester Liberty Community Foundation.

Please shop at our corporate sponsors and restaurants throughout the year, without their support this event would not be possible.


Our Participating Restaurants:

1. Giovanna Delli Carpini Trimpe - Chef at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

And all other special events for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She will be autographing her books Holy Chow and Holy Chow Gluten free with proceeds benefiting GIVEHOPE. Serving Italian Sausage with crushed tomatoes & bread, plus Arroz con Pollo. 

2. Gold Star Chili serving their famous Cheese Coneys. Gold Star Chili is fighting cancer with Coneys.

3. Bella Luna - serving up Bread Pudding 

4. Donato's - serving up pizza

5. Jimmy John"s - deli sandwiches 

6. McCormick & Schmick's -- Seared Ahi Tuna tostado with cucumber salad peanut dressing and sriracha sauce

7. Rima's Diner -- Serving Carrot Cake and Chicken Parmesan 

8. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

9. Palomino's --  Rigatoni Bolognese 

10. Patricia Wedding and custom cakes

11. Rock Bottom Brewery -- mini brats on pretzel buns 

12. Velvet Smoke: Barbeque , chips and slaw

13. Via Vite: Veal and Ricotta meatballs


Click here to make a donation to the GIVEHOPE: Pancreatic Cancer Research and Awareness Fund.