Date For Life: Charity Event Benefiting Children’s Cancer Research Fund

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The Twin Cities’ most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, including many local celebrities, will be auctioned off at the biggest fundraising event of the season. Proceeds go to support Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Bid on your favorite Twin Cities singles Thursday, February 10, 2011 at The Fine Line Music Café located in downtown Minneapolis. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

About the Event

The Twin Cities’ most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, including many local celebrities, will be auctioned off at the biggest fundraising event of the season, Date for Life. Proceeds go to support Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Bid on your favorite Twin Cities singles Thursday, February 10, 2011 at The Fine Line Music Café located in downtown Minneapolis. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while mingling with some of the Twin Cities’ hottest dates. Following the auction, take in a live performance by Tim Mahoney, one of the most successful singer/songwriters in the Twin Cities.

Event’s Mission: To create a fun, feel-good event that offers charity-minded men and women the opportunity to meet and make a difference through raising money to find a cure for childhood cancer.

To learn more about this fun event, visit the site at http://www.dateforlifemn.org.

The Story Behind Date for Life: Katie Jurek’s Battle with Cancer
This Minneapolis event was created in memory of Katie Jurek, the daughter of Lynn Poferl and former owner of It’s Just Lunch, in the hope that this effort will help other children and families suffering from the effects of childhood cancer. The new owner of It’s Just Lunch, Sara Darling, and her staff wanted to do something to honor Katie, as her strength through her battle with cancer touched the lives of everyone in the office.

Katie graduated from Tartan High School in 2004. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer, on July 31, 2002. By the time she was diagnosed, her entire right femur had been overtaken by the cancer. Over the course of the next 13 months, she had aggressive chemo treatments, multiple surgeries – including one to replace her femur with a metal bond – and countless hours of physical therapy. She missed her entire junior year at Tartan in Oakdale, Minnesota, but when she felt up to it, her mother would bring her to Tartan for lunch. She would sit through all four lunches so she could visit with her friends. Many of the kids at Tartan only knew her as the girl with cancer. She would come to school bald, pale, skinny and walking with crutches, but she always had a huge smile on her face and people noticed.

Katie refused to miss her first day of her senior year. She had received her last chemo treatment only four days prior to that. She came to school with IV fluids running, bandana on her head and again, that huge smile on her face. She even had to have one of the Children’s Hospital nurses come to the school to draw blood for lab work. Katie made the most of every minute of her senior year.

In September of 2005, her worst fears were confirmed. Her cancer had returned. It was terminal. Katie was given a choice; amputate your leg or die within three months. It was an agonizing time. She chose to amputation and adapted quickly. She tried various treatments including chemo, radiation, and more surgery. Still, her spirit shined through. She went back to college, she went back to work, and she traveled to as many places as she could, traveling as far as Paris and Alaska. She packed as much life into every day as she could. In February 2007, her body could no longer support her. Her spirit kept her going as long as it could, but her battle ended on February 22.

Katie taught us many things, but one lesson she taught us all is that when life-changing events happen to you, only you can make the decision as to how it will impact your life. You can choose to let the negative consume you, or you can live your life to its fullest.

About the Charity Benefiting from the Event Proceeds
Children’s Cancer Research fund is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer by providing funds for research and training relating to prevention, treatment and cure for childhood cancer. They also educate the public about childhood cancer and support quality-of-life programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families. For more information please visit http://www.childrenscancer.org.

About It’s Just Lunch
It’s Just Lunch is a specialized dating service for busy professionals. They minimize stress and maximize efficiency by sending people on casual dates over lunch, brunch, or drinks after work. It's Just Lunch is a fun proactive approach to your personal life. As first date specialists, they arrange quality lunch dates and drinks after work for busy professionals in a discreet, no-pressure setting. It's Just Lunch started in 1992 and now has 100 locations all over the world, with thousands of clients, and many wonderful success stories. To learn more visit http://www.itsjustlunchminneapolis.com.

Two Couples Who Met at 2008 Date For Life and are Still Together
In a club full of men and women it was absolute fate that Megan and Tony met the night of Date for Life. Megan had not seen Tony during the initial, table to table, bidding process. It wasn’t until he was up on stage that she first had a chance to see her future husband. Her first words to her girlfriend were “dang look at that butt!”

The great business woman that Megan is, she wasn’t going to let a thing like money get in the way of love. Tony’s time on the auction block expired, he walked down from the stage without even a bid from her. As he made his way across the floor Megan took the opportunity to introduce herself by telling him “I didn’t have enough money but here’s my phone number. ”

Tony spent a few minutes squaring up with the auctioneer, but could not resist the desire to get back to Megan’s table and find more out about this intriguing woman. He didn’t know it yet, but he had just completely fallen in love. As they spent the rest of the night together, the conversation rolled and chemistry heated up. It was as if they had done this before in another life. Thirteen days shy of one year of meeting each other, they were married. Date For Life brought this couple together.

Ken was a bachelor in the Date for Life 2008 event. His good friend, Marisha, who was collecting his bids at the auction, said “Hey, I’ve got to take you to this group of women over here!” And that’s when Ken met Shelley. Marisha convinced her to bid on him, and again, and then again, until the auction was over. Shelly was the winning bidder.

Shelley never fails to let Ken know that she paid way too much for him, and he never fails to let her know how lucky he was. They celebrated their two-year anniversary this past October. They enjoy spending time together. Whether it’s catching dinner and a show at the Guthrie Theater, tackling a home improvement project at Ken’s house, or snowmobiling with Shelley’s crazy family at their cabin in Northern Wisconsin; they’re always spending time together.

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