Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2015’

One BILIever Helping to Make a Difference

Nick_Spang1The Bili Project Foundation has so many BILIevers who share the same passion we do for raising awareness of Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) and the cancers that effect the Hepatobiliary system. One BILIever in particular, Lisa Simpson from Illinois who lost her brother Nicky John to Bile Duct cancer last year, reached out to our foundation over the summer and wanted to plan a fundraiser in his honor and that’s exactly what she did!

On April 12, 2015 Lisa will be lacing up her sneakers and beginning a 500 mile journey for Team Bili to raise money for The Bili Project Foundation.

She has decided to take on this challenge in honor of her brother Nicky John, a brave man with a big heart, who was given 21 short days to live after being diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma is part of the Hepatobiliary cancers and is a fast acting, silent, underfunded and understudied disease. Consequently, there were no treatment options for Nick.

Funds raised will go to support the continued efforts of our foundation. If you would like to participate, donate or have questions, please email for more information. 


The fundraiser is in Honor of Lisa’s brother Nicky John who died 21 days after diagnosis of bile duct cancer (He turned 50 years old during these 21 days)

Here is the fundraising website for the event (All proceeds will go to benefit The Bili Project Foundation)

The 2 day event will be held: March 7th & April 12th
• March 7, 2015: Appetizers, Raffle, etc.
April 12, 2015: 5K walk/run in Bliss Woods

Bili Attends the Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium & 2015 Cholangiocarinoma Foundation Annual Stakeholder Conference


Photo courtesy of The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. Isabella Guajardo, of UCSF with her poster entitled, “Cholangiocarcinoma and the Internet: What Doctors Need to Know to Best Help Your Patients.” Just one of many 21 posters featured this year alone at the CC Annual Meeting.

The Bili Project Foundation had the pleasure of attending both the Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium and the 2015 Cholangiocarinoma Foundation Annual Stakeholder Conference earlier this year.

The GI ASCO, which is an internationally renowned Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium that was held in San Francisco, California in January 2015.  GI ASCO is a high-profile, specialized oncology event designed for the exchange of the latest research and science with physicians and scientists on cancers of the pancreas, small bowel, and hepatobiliary tract; colon and rectum; and esophagus and stomach.  During the event, The Bili Project Foundation co-hosted an exhibitor booth in the ballroom with The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and attended the Gastrointestinal General Poster Sessions where we were able to hear and discuss cutting-edge Gastrointestinal cancer research with scientists and physicians from around the world.  The Bili Project Foundation is proud to be involved in funding such meaningful research at UCSF for Hepatobiliary Cancers.

We also attended the 2015 Annual Stakeholder Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah last week. During the meeting, some of the world’s most brilliant scientists and physicians from around the world presented current data on translational and basic research activities involving Cholangiocarcinoma. During the 2014 Annual Stakeholder Conference these scientists and physicians met in-person and collaborated on projects and research proposals, and therefore, we were able to witness the incredible progress these projects have made throughout the past year while we attended the 2015 conference.  Additionally, our co-founder, Susan Acquisto is Chair of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Nursing Advisory Board comprised of nursing experts from large cancer center institutions around the country and presented their groundbreaking work of developing Nursing Care Guidelines for patients with Cholangiocarcinoma which will be submitted for publication in peer reviewed journals of Nursing. Our Bili Research Team from UCSF attended both the 2014 and 2015 conferences as well where they were actively involved in forming collaborative research teams with other scientists and physicians from around the country. During the 2015 Conference our Research Team at UCSF was able to present their collaborative findings over the past year. The Bili Project Foundation is excited to continue funding UCSF’s Hepatobiliary Cancer Research Program, where groundbreaking research is underway.

For more information on both events please visit the links below:

Gold Medalist Ed Moses Donates Winnings from ‘Gaming to Give’ to The Bili Project Foundation

 EdMoses_Gaming2Gold medalist, Ed Moses is halfway to fully completing his personal goal of raising $20, 000 this year for the Bili Project Foundation! He participated in “Gaming to Give” and selected The Bili Project as the charity to donate his winnings. He won first place and donated his winnings of $10,000 to the foundation.

Up next for Ed is the L.A. Marathon where he will be participating as part of Team Bili in the Charity Relay. Can you help him reach his goal and support him by simply clicking the “DONATE” button on the top of the page and make a pledge in his name. This is a perfect example of the good that can be done when we all “play our part.”

“Gaming to Give” consists of various celebrities playing the game “Super Smash Bros” on Nintendo Wii, in a tournament style format to win money for their charity. Some of the many celebrities confirmed to attend the event are former Green Bay Packers Running Back Ahman Green, recording artist Brian McKnight, Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo, St. Louis Rams Guard Davin Joseph, New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford, Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, Baltimore Ravens Tight End Crockett Gilmore, Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver Charles Johnson, and Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Ed Moses.

For more about Gaming to Give and Ed read here:;