Carve 4 Cancer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the mission of shredding blood cancers through extreme sports
events and fundraising. Carve was founded by east coast shredder and blood cancer survivor, Brent P. Evans. In 2010, Brent was diagnosed with stage IV non-hodgkins lymphoma when he envisioned an epic snowboarding event to raise funds to kick cancer’s ass while being treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. By 2012, the first grass roots fundraiser was underway in the Pocono Mountains. Fast forward to 2016, Carve is now the Pocono’s premier freeride snowboard/ski event raising thousands of dollars, showcasing bands and local talent, while spreading awareness and funding life-saving research! Unfortunately in 2016, Brent’s cancer came back, and he is currently fighting to beat the disease again at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC. This is a brutal reminder about how important Carve for Cancer’s mission really is!
Where our money goes.
For years Carve 4 Cancer partnered directly with the Leukema and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and all funds raised went directly to their organization. In 2016 we have decided to focus our efforts by partnering with Dr. Andrei Shustov and University of Washington, Medicine Advancement, where we our donations have earned us membership in their Turner Society.
Dr. Shustov’s research is focused on developing new therapies and treatment paradigms for T-cell lymphomas, rare cancers of the immune cells. T-cell lymphomas are rare and therefore hard to study. They are, except for rare instances, very aggressive diseases and are very hard to cure. Over the past decade, Dr. Shustov has been involved in research dedicated to better understand these tumors and discover new drugs to improve outcomes and ultimately, bring a cure to T-cell lymphoma patients.
As a result of the research and clinical trials, Dr. Shustov and his colleagues around the USA and globe, patients with T-cell lymphomas now have 4 new drugs that were approved by the US Food and Drug administration. However, the only way to continue this life-saving research is with adequate funding… and that’s where Carve 4 Cancer comes in!
Brent P. Evans is a lifelong snowboarder and non-hodgkin lymphoma survivor. Brent overcame stage IV hepatosplenic t-cell lymphoma and during the midst of his treatment, came up with a snowboard inspired charity that would raise money for blood cancer research and patients.
Brent has been a steward for cancer research fundraising and philanthropy. In 2013, Brent won The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Eastern Pennsylvania Man of the Year campaign by raising over $47,000 in 12 weeks. Brent has continued to stay involved with LLS and continues to collaborate on LLS events.
In 2014, Brent was asked to sit on the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson NEXT (SKCC NEXT) committee that is driving Jefferson Health efforts to maintain it's NCI-designation as a leading cancer treatment center.