May 15th, 2016 | Wired In to Our Community
IQ Wired Community Project Raises Almost $7,000 for Cancer Victim
One way IQ Wired stays connected to its local community is by organizing a quarterly Community Project. On Saturday, March 10, 2012, the company hosted a benefit for a friend currently fighting tonsil and throat cancer.
Melinda Jones is an IQ Wired partner and former team member. Her husband JD is being treated for cancer. “We all know both of them very well and care about them deeply, so we decided to put on an event to raise money to help them with their medical bills,” explained Tatiana Finkelsteyn, IQ Wired CEO.
JD’s challenge was summarized in a flyer put out by IQ Wired to promote the event:
JD was diagnosed with tonsil and throat cancer Dec 13, 2011. Since then he has been undergoing extensive treatment at Lutheran Hospital. Even before chemotherapy and radiology treatments, JD had a root canal and wisdom tooth pulled along with a feeding tube installation. This had to be done prior to chemo treatment because of the debilitating effect of chemo on the facial muscles and recovery systems. Shortly after chemotherapy began so did the challenges. JD’s body rejected some of the treatment resulting in damage to his esophagus and a colon infection. The doctors have managed to stabilize his treatments and are now proceeding with the chemo, to be followed immediately by 7 weeks of radiation treatment. During the recovery period JD will be in need of a nutritionist (because he won’t be able to eat regular food) and a speech therapist for swallowing exercises.
The venue for the benefit was The Black Book Gallery, described by Finkelsteyn as, “a really cool, hip art gallery in the art district on Santa Fe.” The owners donated it at the request of a friend, Project Manager, Lisa Cassidy, who also served as Treasurer. This was truly a team effort:
• Musical entertainment was volunteered by Open Space, for which IQ Wired Voice and Data Communications Agent Randy Reznik plays the blues harmonica. (“They played all night,” recalled Finkelsteyn, “and they are awesome.”
• IQ Wired donated all of the liquor.
• IQ Wired team members made all the food and donated money to put on the event.
• IQ Wired vendors, carriers, partners, friends and team members donated raffle items like Kindles, iPads, restaurant gift certificates, art and much more.
• Many people came to buy tickets and show their support.
“I can’t say how touched we all were by everybody’s willingness to help and the huge community feeling that came out of this,” said Finkelsteyn. “We are truly privileged to know and work with such amazing people.”