“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” - Nelson Mandela
November 2018: Foundation President Dan Ficke presents $160,000 in gifts to push the Foundation's total giving to more than $1.15 million! Read more about 2018 gifts here.
JoAnn B. Ficke was so so full of love that it burst from her like the Rocky Mountain sun on a crystal clear Colorado day. She was forever true to one of her favorite sayings, “Love is shown in deeds.”
Foundation President Dan Ficke is the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, N.C. - where his father Big Bill played for legendary coach Al Maguire!
December 2017: Foundation President Dan Ficke presents $140,000 in gifts to:
• Cancer League of Colorado: $30,000
• Children's Hospital Colorado: $30,000
• Colorado Blood Cancer Institute: $30,000
• Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance: $30,000
• Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance: $10,000
• Colon Cancer Alliance: $10,000
Nuggets Head Coach Mike Malone was not too busy to stop by and support us on 9/11 - thanks for everything, Coach!
Decemer 19, 2016: Foundation President and DU Men's Assistant Basketball Coach Dan Ficke presents $120,000 in gifts to six great cancer organzations from proceeds donated on 9/11/16 by Big Bill's NY Pizza customers.
January 7, 2016: The great Tom Green of KWGN's "Daybreak" show hosted Foundation President Dan Ficke and Big Bill Ficke to present $120,000 in gifts to six cancer organizations.
December 2014: JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke presents gifts totaling $115,000 to the Cancer League of Colorado, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute and Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance and Children's Hospital Pediatric Oncology.
9/11/2014: JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke (center) is joined by NBA coaching legend George Karl and Denver Nuggets legend Bill Hanzlik at the Foundation's largest annual fundraiser, the "9/11 Day of Giving" at Big Bill's New York Pizza.
9/11/2014: JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke poses with Deandre, a worker at Big Bill's New York Pizza, on the 2014 "9/11 Day of Giving." Since the Foundation was formed in 2009, it has donated more than $600,000 from proceeds collected at this annual fundraiser.
January 2010: JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke presents a moving speech in honor of his mother at the "Tribute to Doug Moe" fundraising event as host Tom Green looks on.
December 2013: Foundation President Dan Ficke and Vice President Bill Ficke share the proceeds from the record $160,000 that the Foundation received as part of the 2013 "9/11 Day of Giving."
We are grateful to Gary and Rhonda Kubiak for stopping by and supporting us on 9/11.
July 2010: Foundation Treasurer Betsy Parker (right), JoAnn B. Ficke's sister, presents at gift to the Children's Hospital Pediatric Oncology department at the new Children's Hospital on the Anshutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
9/11/2013: You never know who is going to show up for "9/11 Day of Giving" and in 2013, supermascot Rocky stopped by to give Foundation President Dan Ficke a hand. Or was it the other way around?
March, 2006: One of JoAnn's proudest days was traveling to Baltimore to be part of "Parent's Day" for one of Dan's home games during his playing career at the University of Loyola Baltimore.
JoAnn B. Ficke led a very significant life of making a difference to others. The JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation is a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that was founded in her honor in 2009 by Bill and Dan Ficke. Proceeds from the Foundation's efforts go to create awareness for the treatment, cure and research of cancer and also to assist organizations that provide support for families of those dealing with cancer. We understand fighting cancer can be very scary and very lonely. Sadly, the families of cancer patients often encounter different hardships when their loved ones become ill, such as difficulty paying for rent, utilities or temporary housing to be near their loved one who is undergoing treatment. These difficulties place additional stress on the patients at the worst time.
Wow - 1.5 Million!
2017 was a special year for the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation as together we eclipsed the $1,000,000 mark for funds you have helped us to raise since 2009 through “Big Bill’s NY Pizza 9/11 Day of Giving” annual event to support outstanding Colorado charities working to fight against cancer in our community. In 2020, we topped $1.5 million! When we started the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation in 2009, we never dreamed we could have this level of impact, but we also never dreamed our customers and friends would be so incredibly generous.
THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!
JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation Vision Statement:
The JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation will generate support for cancer treatment and research, to help relieve the suffering of cancer patients and their families, cancer research, and to make a positive difference in the lives of our fellow man. The Foundation's goal is to make the lives of cancer patients and their families better.
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The JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization as defined in section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code.
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