Our Cause

Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at AAMC

The Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center encompasses a large array of services ranging from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment through survivorship. Many different types of professionals contribute to the care of patients in our programs. It is our goal to provide the best experience possible, no matter where or how a person encounters our cancer center services.

It is our shared commitment to patients and their families to seek out and offer the most advanced therapies, the best technology and the most skilled physicians, nurses and staff while never losing sight of the fact that successful cancer medicine is about caring, rapport and trust. We value and offer support services for patients and families, including nurse navigation, education, genetics counseling, support groups, social work and psychology services.

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About Us

Fish for A Cure was started in 2007 by a group of friends and business associates looking for an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, fulfill their passion for fishing and to have fun. After a successful first year, the wife of one of the main participants was struck with cancer. A rigorous treatment schedule and the demands of daily family life nearly saw the end of the tournament. However, a few of the group members took the reins and decided to turn it into a charitable event to raise money for the facility that was providing cancer treatments — Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

After two successful years of raising money for Sloan Kettering ($7,000 in 2008 and $26,000 in 2009) and a growing following, the group decided to make the tournament benefactor a local charity, Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. The success of the first couple of years helped with the decision to “step it up a notch” and the group set a lofty goal of $50,000.

With the continued efforts of a growing board, our unique Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge event and the added support of AAMC, the tournament has donated more than $1,350,000 to AAMC since 2010. We’re proud to say that 100% of the donations to the Paul C.Dettor Captain’s Challenge has traditionally gone directly to the AAMC. In addition, the event continues to grow with an increasing number of captains, anglers, partiers and sponsors taking part in the tournament each year.

In 2017, it is the board’s objective to continue to grow the tournament and raise as much money as possible to help find a Cure for Cancer. With the added help of people like you, we feel that our potential is unlimited. We raised $350,000 in 2016 and continue to increase the number of participants while maintaining a fun atmosphere.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Fish For A Cure Board of Directors:

Greg Lilly, Jimmy Kantowski, Jennie Kantowski, Mike Cassidy, Melissa Bowen, Adele Oliver, PJ Dettor, Ken Scaturro, Jean Lilly, Erin Brimhall, Alexis Arizzi, Keith Fraser, Steve Eagley and Alex Laperouse