The MCMF Launches the Matt’s Mixed Tape Program

February 14th, 2013 was a big day for the MCMF. Not only was it Valentine's Day and Matt's Birthday, but the foundation also officially launched the Matt's Mixed Tape program by delivering 60 iPod Nanos filled with music donated by incredible artists to the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program. To make the Matt's Mixed Tape program launch extra special, the MCMF's friends, The 88, performed a few songs as well. Thank you so much to the donors and to the artists who are making the Matt's Mixed Tape program possible! 

2012 was a Great Year for the MCMF

Thanks to the generous contributions provided by our many supporters, friends and family, the MCMF is very pleased to announce that the Foundation had a great 2012. 

In 2012, the MCMF increased its overall revenue* by almost 45%, and donations to the Foundation increased by almost 30% over 2011.

We increased the revenue* of our annual signature fundraiser, Bowl-A-Rama, in 2012 by almost 220%, and event attendance almost tripled that in 2011. The MCMF also obtained 7 corporate sponsors for the 2012 Bowl-A-Rama, allowing the Foundation to offset almost 75% of event costs. 

During 2012, the MCMF created (i.e., defined, developed and marketed) the Matt’s Mixed Tape (MMT) Program as its initial quality of life (QOL) initiative. The Foundation successfully partnered with UCLA’s Daltrey/ Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program and accomplished the initial implementation of the MMT Program, which included the gifting of iPod Nanos pre-loaded with music generously donated by caring artists to UCLA Medical Center’s teen and young adult cancer patients. 

The MCMF looks forward to a wonderful new year of continued growth in 2013, which will allow the Foundation to fund cures for the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and EBV-associated diseases, and to improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adults with cancer. 

* Total amount of money received by the Foundation 

MCMF 2012 Bowl-A-Rama Raises over $10,000 in Support of 
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

On October 14, 2012, the MCMF held its third annual Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California.

The event was an outstanding success, raising $10,082.

More than 225 bowlers attended the event this year in support of MCMF efforts to find cures for the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and EBV-associated diseases and to improve the quality life for adolescents and young adults (15-29  years of age) with cancer.

To all those who attended the event – THANK YOU!! Without your support we could not pursue and ultimately achieve the goals of the MCMF.

Special recognition goes out to those who directly supported the 2012 Bowl-A-Rama by providing their invaluable services, talents and support needed to make this event such a success:

  • Luzmila Baldwin who organized and managed the Bowl-A-Rama event. 
  • The dedicated MCMF Board members who made this event such a success.  
  • Mr. Dave Osborn, his dedicated staff, and the Fountain Bowl Ambassadors
    who made this event possible.

2012 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Sponsors: Rutan and Tucker, LLP · Grove Body Shop · AIM Mail Center, No. 23 · Crowell and Moring, LLP, Mr. Dan Sasse · North, Nash and Abendroth, LLP · Dan Marshall Insurance Agency, Inc · Cusick Insurance · Yap and Little, Inc, Certified Public Accountants

2012 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Silent Auction Donors: Disneyland · Knott’s Berry Farm · The Magic Castle · Fountain Bowl Pro Shop · Monster Energy Drink/Anthony Jaime · Incipio/Brandon Jaime · LA Dodgers · Rainbow Environmental Services · Dr J – The Doctor of Z’s · Cookie Lee/Ann Baker · Avon/Cheryl Westley · Goin Native/Marianne Taylor · Femme Chic/Cristin Alvarez · ASICS/Annette Garcia · Stater Brothers · Ralphs · Albertsons · BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse · El Torito · Equinox Fitness · HUE-Avenda Lifestyle Salon and Spa · Buca di Beppo · Seabirds Gourmet Food Truck · Chado Tea Room · Lazy Dog Café · Aji Limon Restaurant · Fresh and Easy · 4 Sisters Toffee · Ian Azuelo · Lisa McKindley · Penny Perry · Rodger Dunn/Laura Dowdy · Jerith Harrold · Terry Raspaolo · Bill/Judy Ann Morris · Bryan Mewes · Luzmila/George Baldwin · Christine Cwiertny · Eric/Michele Cwiertny · Mary Alice/Tony Cwiertny

2012 Mama’s on 39 Fundraiser

The MCMF held a restaurant fundraiser at Mama's on 39 in Huntington Beach, CA, on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Proceeds from this event totalled almost $670, and will be used to improve the quality of life of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer patients (ages 15-29), and to find cures for the Epstein - Barr Virus (EBV) and EBV-associated diseases, such as T-cell lymphoma. 

The MCMF sincerely thanks Mr. Pete Truxow, Manager and Founder of Mama's on 39, for his generosity and support. The foundation also sincerely thanks the staff at Mama's on 39 for their kindness and great service. Everyone in attendance had a fun time and enjoyed Mama's wonderful food.

MCMF helps fund a LLS Academic Research Grant!

One of the objectives of the MCMF is to fund innovative medical research focused on treatments and therapies for T-cell non-Hodgkin Lymphomas (NHL), such as the  EBV-induced T-cell Lymphoma that Matt  suffered from, which are more common in young adults and children. In 2010, the MCMF teamed with The Dear Jack Foundation (led by Andrew McMahon) and Jack's Mannequin walk teams throughout the US, and together raised $120,000 for LLS through LLS's annual Light the Night walks. As a result, the MCMF, along with The Dear Jack Foundation, was able to fund an LLS Academic Research Grant to Dr. Ludovic Deriano, PhD, a post-doctural fellow at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

The MCMF and The Dear Jack Foundation chose Dr. Deriano for this grant because his research focuses upon identifying and analyzing the mechanisms that promote genomic instability due to incorrect chromosomal rearrangements in developing B and T-cell lymphocytes causing both leukemia and lymphoma. The emphasis of his research work is to identify better medical treatments and therapies for T-cell NHL patients, since these patients are not responsive to current drugs, e.g., Rituxan, and other drugs that are generally effective against B-cell NHL cases.

The MCMF would like to thank its friends at The Dear Jack Foundation, as well as all of those who donated to and /or participated in the MCMF's Team MATT fundraising efforts for the 2010 “Light the Night” walk at Angel Stadium. This grant would not have been possible without your fantastic support and participation.

MCMF 2011 Bowl-A Rama Raises Almost $3,000 in Support of Young Adults Suffering from EBV and EBV-Associated Diseases

On October 15, 2011, the MCMF held its second annual bowling fundraiser at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California. The event was again a success, raising $2,950 toward the battle against EBV and EBV-associated diseases!

A very big thank you to all those who supported the 2011 Bowl-A-Rama by providing the time, talent and treasure needed to make this event a success:

Luzmila Baldwin, who organized this MCMF event, and the MCMF board of directors who made this event such a great success:

Mr. Dave Osborn and his staff at Fountain Bowl who made this event possible

To all those MCMF supporters who attended the event!

The local retailers, merchants, and MCMF supporters who provided gifts in support of the Bowl-A-Rama Silent Auction:

- Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
- Sunrise Automotive
- Moonstone Massage Therapy
- Fountain Bowl
- SAM’s Club, Fountain Valley, CA
- Ralph’s, Huntington Beach, CA
- Stater Brothers, Huntington Beach, CA
- Endless Food and Fun
- Aji Limon Peruvian Restaurant
- The Morris Family
- The Cwiertny Family

Be The Match!

A success story

Almost 2-1/2 years ago, in honor of Matt, a bone marrow registration drive was held by Matt’s family and friends at Saint Bonaventure Church in Huntington Beach, CA. The drive was held so that other cancer patients like Matt might someday be able to receive the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) they needed to survive. 

Today, we have fantastic news regarding that bone marrow registration drive. It has recently been responsible for a BMT for a cancer victim using bone marrow stem cells from an MCMF Board of Directors member. There is also a second potential donor that is currently undergoing detailed testing to see if this person is a positive match for a cancer victim who must have a BMT in order to live!

Want to know more on how you can help? Take the first step to become a bone marrow donor. Join the Be the Match Registry® and you could be the one to save a life.

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Benefit concert for the MCMF featuring our good friends 

On May 7th, the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation held its first “official” fundraising event - a benefit concert at The Echo in Los Angeles featuring our good friends The 88 and Taylor Locke & the Roughs! Proceeds from the concert, silent auction and 50/50 raffle went directly to the MCMF. 

$3,117.00 was raised that night!

Thanks to all who donated their time, talents and treasures to help the Foundation help others fight EBV and EBV-associated diseases. We couldn’t have done it without you!

The 88
Aware Music
Azoff Music Management
Chik-Fil-A, Santa Ana
Christine Cwiertny
Eric and Michele Cwiertny
Tony and Mary Alice Cwiertny
The Dandy Warhols
Carole and Mark Davis
Dear Jack Foundation
Dodgers Baseball
Fountain Bowl
Melissa Fowler
Jessica Humbert
Taylor Locke & the Roughs
L.A. Galaxy Soccer
Garrett MacNamara
Judy Ann and Bill Morris
Justin Shannon
Nevin Safyurtlu
Lindsey Vogel
Whole Foods, Huntington Beach
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Music, U.S.A.