CCF Community Fundraisers Spring 2023 Highlights

Spring of 2023 saw a variety of unique and successful Community Fundraising events benefiting the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s research and patient services programs. CCF is grateful for the time, talent, and effort of each member of the CCF community that organized an event and for all of the neighbors, family members, and friends who supported their efforts.

Hosting a Community Fundraiser is a fantastic way to educate your community on cholangiocarcinoma, raise awareness and funds, and have fun together! Check out some of the phenomenal events that took place this spring below. Learn more about hosting a CCF Community Fundraiser.

Quack Out Cholangio 5K

The 4th Annual Quack Out Cholangio 5k Run/Walk to Crush Bile Duct Cancer occurred on Saturday, May 20th, at Midnight Oil Brewing Company in Newark, Delaware. The race, hosted by Jan and Dean Meyer, is the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s largest community fundraiser and had 613 participants (both virtual and in-person) with a goal to raise $100,000.00 for cholangiocarcinoma research. Members of the cholangiocarcinoma community participated from 29 states, Canada and Malaysia, to honor their loved ones, make memories with friends and family, and raise money and awareness.

To learn more about the Quack Out for Cholangio and stay informed on next year's race, scheduled for May 18, 2024, at Midnight Oil Brewing Company in Newark, DE, please follow the Quack Out on social media.

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Team Talia

Community members in Manhattan Beach, California, came together as Team Talia in May to honor Talia Frederick, who was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma on her 45th birthday in January of 2022. Community members supported Talia during a local biking event and by attending a celebration at Eureka!, a restaurant owned by the Fredericks. Talia and her husband Paul, along with their children, friends, and family, worked the entire month of May advocating for CCF and Team Talia, raising over $63,400 for cholangiocarcinoma research and patient programs!

To learn more about Talia’s story and the Frederick’s fundraising efforts, visit

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De’s 0.9 Mile Marathon

Friends, family, and neighbors of Denese (De) Waldman came together on May 13th in Baltimore, Maryland, to honor her memory, bring awareness, and raise critical funds for CCF through the first “De’s 0.9 Mile Marathon”. A little rain couldn’t stop this party; local vendors donated tents, and over 200 people came out to enjoy some of De’s favorite local restaurants, listen to music, and bid on a variety of incredible auction items, including weekend stays in Ocean City and the Finger Lakes. 

The event raised over $23,000 for CCF, and De’s husband, Scott Waldman, is already planning next year’s 0.9 Mile Marathon! For more information on supporting this event, please visit

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Ravitz Family Markets Charity Month

Christina Gambogi is a CCF patient, CholangioConnect Mentor, and longtime employee of Ravitz Family Markets, a retail company based out of New Jersey. As a part of its Ravitz Family Markets Cares Committee, every year, employees vote to determine which organizations the company should support through its charitable giving program. Christina worked hard on developing a presentation to deliver to all employees advocating for CCF to be selected as a Charity Month organization. Employees from all five stores (over 500 people) voted to include CCF as May’s Charity of the Month! All ShopRite locations throughout New Jersey supported CCF throughout May by accepting donations, creating and selling custom CCF t-shirts, and hosting various competitions and fundraising opportunities in the store each day. With Christina's hard work and leadership, Ravitz Family markets raised over $14,000 for CCF, one of the largest amounts in company history! 

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Fashion for a Cause

Friends and family of Shelbie Wilson came together to celebrate her birthday and honor her memory on May 13th in Houston, Texas, by enjoying one of Shelbie’s passions- fashion. Local models wore clothing by local designers and store owners, CCF CholangioConnect mentor, Board member, and Houston native, Patty Maxin, spoke about CCF and cholangiocarcinoma, and Shelbie’s doctor discussed the importance of frequent check-ups. Shelbie’s mom, Michelle Wingate, is eager to continue bringing awareness to her community about cholangiocarcinoma, especially to young mothers like Shelbie. For more information on Shelbie’s story, please visit

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Cooking Up Some Hope with Chef Delorean

Longtime CCF fundraiser Chef Delorean Ostrom and his wife, Mandy, hosted the first class of their  “Cooking Up Some Hope” cooking class series on April 23rd. Almost 40 participants signed up to join Delorean and Mandy in kitchens all over the country and learned how to make Delorean’s famous shrimp and grits. The class raised over $2,380, was very informative, and the meal was delicious! CCF is excited to invite you all to join Delorean and Mandy again in July for the second cooking class and learn how to make delicious homemade chicken biscuits! To learn more about Cooking Up Some Hope, visit

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