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What follows is a letter from our Foundation co-Founder and Drew's dad, Kevin Poet. We are all very appreciative of your support over the past two years. We hope to continue to do more in the future to help patients and families, and you make this all possible. - Nick



April 20, 2021


As we reach the second anniversary of Drew’s passing, we wanted to provide an update on the Foundation. The past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone, yet we still see donations coming in and people supporting us in whatever way they can. We thank you and appreciate you all for helping us keep Drew’s memory alive and continue helping us to live up to his two greatest wishes: “Don’t be sad” and “Do whatever you can to find better treatment and a cure”.


Both of Drew’s wishes are incredibly difficult to accomplish. We don’t always keep our promise about being sad while missing him so much, but we are going to continue telling his story and using his Foundation to help fund better treatment options that hopefully will lead to a cure for this rare cancer.


Much has changed in the past year. Mary and I relocated to Dallas, Nick to Southern California, and Matt will be graduating college in May and heading to graduate school next year. Our family, much like many of you, is entering into yet another new phase in our lives while missing our Drew more than ever.


Our plan is to resume our in-person fundraising events in 2022 in the hopes of alleviating concerns of the pandemic and to make travel and social gathering easier for all. We will share and invite everyone to future events as soon as we can and look forward to seeing you all in person again soon.


Stay safe and healthy, and thank you for your constant love and support.



Kevin

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Dear Friends and Benefactors,



What follows is a letter from our Foundation co-Founder and Drew's dad, Kevin Poet. We are very appreciative of all of the support and kind words over the past year and especially in recent weeks as we come to the end of our first year as a Foundation. We couldn't fulfill Drew's wishes without your support and generosity.



It has been a year since our beloved Drew passed away. Some days it feels like yesterday and others it feels like a lifetime ago since we were able to hug and kiss our boy. We will never forget this amazing young man and continue the Drew Poet Foundation in his honor. We continue to do our best to honor Drew’s wishes:

  • Please Don’t Be Sad

  • Do what you can to find treatment and ultimately a cure for this disease.


During the first year of the Foundation you have all helped us on this journey. Your love and support is appreciated beyond measure, know that every note, text, card, call or thought is helping all of us move forward, Thank You.


The Foundation and all of its supporters have been very busy this past year. So many people from all over the country and the world have reached out and given their assistance, and we are incredibly grateful. Many successful fundraising events were organized including:

  • Charity day at Charlotte Catholic High School

  • Salem Volleyball Charity Night vs. Canton

  • Inaugural DPF Golf Outing in Rancho Palos Verdes California

  • Restaurant Dine to Donate Series in Plymouth, Michigan hosted by Comparis, Fiama Grill, and the Sardine Room.

  • Fundraising and activity booth at South Lyon Pumpkinfest

  • The Plymouth Canton Steelers honored Drew by retiring his number and holding several fund raisers throughout a year dedicated to his memory.

  • Several personal fundraising events generated generous contributions in Drew's name.


On behalf of the Poet Family, the Drew Poet Foundation Board of Directors, and all our family and friends we want to sincerely thank all of you for your support. Although the current situation with COVID-19 has put our activities temporarily on hold, once the time is right we will resume our efforts and hope you will join us. In the meantime please keep yourselves and your families safe, and follow public health guidelines as it will help save many lives; especially those of people experiencing a fight like Drew's.

As we look back on this first year, we are still hurting from our loss, but also very proud of what has been accomplished. We look forward to the next year, and all the years to come. We hope that you'll continue to join us in our mission of spreading awareness, funding research, and finally finding a cure.

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Hello all,


Recent weeks have been a strange and difficult time for all of us, and in light of the current pandemic we will be postponing our Foundation events for the time being. This especially effects our upcoming DPF Golf Outing in Farmington Hills, MI coming up in June, and we will have new scheduling information for all those who have already signed up or might be interested very soon.


In the meantime, please do your part in preventing the spread of this disease. Public health officials have issued plenty of guidelines on how to accomplish this, and we implore you to follow them. Please read https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV and follow the CDC's recommendations.


You may think that this disease won't effect you, and that quarantine measures are unnecessary, but for people going through a battle like Drew's they could very well be life saving. Before ignoring social distancing measures please think of Drew, and all of the people currently battling diseases like Ewing's. They are relying on us to stay home if at all possible and to flatten the curve. We can save too many lives to do otherwise.

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