Angela Massaro-Fain, President
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‘TreeUmph! Over Leukemia’ to Raise Funds for
Pediatric Cancer Patients

Tickets on Sale Now for May 5, 2013, Event to Benefit the Lauren O’Hara Memorial Fund

SARASOTA, Florida – April 24, 2013 – The Lauren O’Hara Memorial Fund and TreeUmph! Adventure Course are teaming up to raise funds for children being treated for cancer at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. TreeUmph!, Southwest Florida’s first treetop obstacle course, will donate 25 percent of all ticket sales from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Adventures will begin every half hour from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets purchased for the event can be used at a later date for anyone unable to attend. Those wishing to participate can reserve tickets by visiting or by calling (941) 504-6705.

This is the first fundraiser for the Lauren O’Hara Memorial Fund, also known affectionately as “Lauren’s Army,” a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota formed by Jean and Patrick O’Hara to honor the memory of their daughter. Lauren was a Sarasota High School student who succumbed to leukemia at age 18, only nine months after she was diagnosed.

“Lauren endured countless procedures, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and more,” explained Jean O’Hara. “Every part of this was difficult, on top of very long in-hospital stays. If we can brighten a child’s day and create needed diversions by stocking their room with an Xbox, DVDs and games, that’s our goal. Lauren would have wanted to do this.”

In addition to climbing, swinging and zip-lining through the trees, participants will enjoy food, T-shirts, a raffle and the opportunity to add their name to a donor registry by Be the Match, which helps match patients with donors for potentially life-saving bone marrow transplants. Lauren’s Army is also asking for donations of new DVDs in their original packaging the day of the event to be donated to All Children’s Hematology/Oncology unit.

“We’re honored to be part of this fundraiser to help make the lives of kids going through cancer treatments a little bit brighter,” said Kathy Corr, co-owner of TreeUmph! Adventure Course.

About the Lauren O’Hara Memorial Fund
The Lauren O’Hara Memorial Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota. For more information, visit or email

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