Aiming For A Cure: Hunters, Shooting Enthusiasts Team Up To Raise Money For Cancer Research
Having seen numerous friends and family members affected by cancer, Christian Rosenstock and his family decided enough was enough. It was time to take aim at the disease and start raising funds for a cure.
“My wife and I have just known too many people who have had to battle cancer,” he said. “Eventually, it just felt like this was our cause, this was the thing we really wanted to get behind and support.”
With that in mind, Rosenstock launched the nonprofit organization Gunning For Hope in 2013 with the idea that he could combine his desire to find a cure for cancer along with his interest in hunting and shooting sports. That lead to the creation of an annual fundraiser, bringing sportsmen and sportswomen together for a day of camaraderie and charity.
The event, now in its eighth year, features shooting competitions and hunting activities, followed by a reception with raffles, auctions and prizes. This 2020 event will take place on September 30 at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek. All money raised will go to support research and patient care initiatives at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
“Carbone is a best-in-class research organization,” Rosenstock said. “It has a history of innovative breakthroughs that have made an impact in the overall fight against cancer.”
Over the years, the event has raised more than $350,000 for UW Carbone. Most recently, some of those funds have been used to help create a patient experience pilot program, which will employ a special navigator to help new patients with complex cancer cases.
This year’s event is still scheduled to take place in-person, but due to COVID-19, Rosenstock is planning changes to keep participants and volunteers as safe as possible. That means doubling-down on the shooting activities that take place outdoors and away from others. He also plans to pare down the reception, likely moving it outside and limiting food and beverage options. “We’re going to try and focus more on the things that were already safe, and just reimagine the pieces that would introduce more risk of spreading a virus,” he said.
In addition, a staple of the event – the silent auction – will take place online this year, and participants can bid from home. Visitors to Gunning For Hope’s website can also choose to make an online donation, in place of attending the event. “We’re also going to open things up and try to allow more virtual participation,” Rosenstock said.
Visitors to the website can also find more information about registration for the event and volunteer opportunities. Rosenstock says he’s looking for a few more helpers, who play a key role in making this event a success. He also extends his gratitude to everyone who’s pitched in over the years, either by participating, donating or volunteering.
“We’ve been very fortunate and blessed,” he said. “This event has really grown in popularity and in the funds that we’ve raised. That’s been a real positive.”
Date Published: 07/27/2020