The Southern Sassenachs Provide Support and Love
The non-profit organization, The Southern Sassenachs, has raised over $74,000 for various organizations over the past three years. This year, they have decided to raise funds for the CERN Foundation to improve the care and outcome for people with ependymoma.
In 2014, the television drama series, Outlander, based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels premiered. The following year, a group of 60 fans of the series decided to meet each other, led by Chair, Melissa, a full-time clinical research scientist in biomedical research and mother of two. “The main actor was in support of Bloodwise, and we decided to do something with our time while we met up. By the end of the event, we raised $11,000 in three months,” shares Melissa.
The group created a Facebook and Twitter page and became so large so quickly, they decided to become a certified, non-profit organization. They wanted to make an impact, even if a small one. “Everything took off and we went along for the ride. As we were growing, we were all aware that our Treasurer, Sarah, had an ependymoma. Last year, she had surgery to remove more tumor and we decided to learn more and then found the CERN Foundation,” shares Melissa.