EZ-ERC, LLC. shows support for The Willie Fund at this year’s 50th Anniversary of Falmouth Road Race by making a $10k donation and announcing that they will match all donations made through the end of August 2022.
The Willie Fund
The Willie Fund was started by Casey Finigan Dettman, co-founder and CMO of EZ-ERC, in honor of her father, William “Willie” Finigan, who passed away on August 26th 2021 from Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a type of Head and Neck Cancer. Tomorrow marks one year since his death.
The foundation works directly with the hospital that treated Willie, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, which is part of MassGeneral-Brigham in Boston, Massachusetts, and the dedicated doctors who treated Willie, allocating all donations specifically to help fund further research for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cancer. The hope is to ultimately find a cure so that no one has to lose their loved one as young and as sudden as they did Willie.
Mass Eye and Ear is ranked as the top hospital in New England for Eye and Ear, Nose and Throat Care. Mass Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, members of Mass General Brigham, have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the 2022-2023 “Best Hospitals” rankings with the no. 4 ranking for ophthalmology (eye care) and no. 4 ranking in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat care). The departments, shared across both hospitals, are no. 1 in New England for the 32nd year in a row, since the rankings were first established in 1990.
In a January article featured on Mass Eye & Ear’s website, Willie’s long-time oncologist speaks about the Foundation; “We are so grateful to Casey and the entire family for establishing the Willie Fund to raise funds for head and neck cancer research at Mass Eye and Ear,” said Dr. Deschler. “This is a truly wonderful way to honor his amazing strength, perseverance and positivity in the face of this awful disease and provide the path for making a lasting difference in the future care of head and neck cancer patients.”
On January 5th, Casey announced through social media that The Willie Fund had made their first donation to Mass Eye & Ear for $64,582.08, which was raised in just over 3 months. That number has since risen to over $76,000 in 2 months and 2 days shy of one year since The Willie Fund was publicly announced and 1 day shy of when the world lost “Willie”.
“Running for Willie”
Kenneth Dettman, CEO of EZ-ERC, supports The Willie Fund in honor of his late Father-in-Law as one-year anniversary approaches.
Kenny Dettman, CEO and Managing Partner at EZ-ERC as well as husband of Casey, showed his support this past weekend at the 50th Annual Falmouth Road Race on August 21st, exactly 25 years after his Father-in-Law, Willie, ran the same race. The best part? Kenny ran it wearing William Finigan’s bib, assigned shortly before his death, giving him one last race.
Each year the Falmouth Road Race draws an international field of Olympians, elite, and recreational runners out to enjoy the iconic 7-mile seaside course. The nonprofit Falmouth Road Race organization is committed to promoting health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving.
You can learn more about The Falmouth Road Race at www.falmouthroadrace.com
As Willie’s one-year anniversary approached, EZ-ERC has made a $10,000 donation in his name and has announced they will match all donations made to the non-profit through the end of August.
EZ-ERC’s announcement is in addition to Mass Eye & Ear’s announcement that they have a donor who will match $0.50 to every $1.00 of donations made to The Willie Fund for the remainder of the year.
This means that from now until August 31st 2022, every $100 donated will equate to $250 towards The Willie Fund and the fight for a cure through the incredible work of Mass Eye & Ear and the doctors who fought for Willie.
To learn more about the Willie Fund and support squamous cell carcinoma research at Mass Eye and Ear, please consider making a gift today.
You can read Casey’s story about her dad and why she started, here.