Hausmanns Raise Awareness, Funds through Softball and Horseshoes

rose-eric-hausmann-horseshoesSometimes, love is seen through a Lady-and-the-Tramp kind of story – Italian dinners lead to sharing spaghetti and gazing into one another’s eyes. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we have another kind of love story that gives us warm fuzzies every time we see 2013 Advocates of the Year Eric and Rose Hausmann. But instead of spaghetti dinners, the story revolves around softball. And some horseshoes.

Meet the Hausmanns

Many at Fight Colorectal Cancer are familiar with Rose and Eric Hausmann. They’re at the Call-on Congress year after year and chair the Grassroots Action Committee. They helped launch One Million Strong in Times Square. Rose is the cover girl for our 2012 Annual Report. And each year, they host fundraisers through their local Friends of Rose events and dedicate 100% of the funds to Fight Colorectal Cancer.

The Hausmanns have raised around $35,000 for Fight Colorectal Cancer over the years and just like Rose’s strength and determination to conquer her third occurrence of colon cancer – they plan to keep on fighting … and fundraising.


It Started with Softball

The Hausmann fundraisers began with softball. Several teammates of Rose, a softball player who’s been playing for over 30 years, came together and wanted to organize a fall softball tournament to raise money in her honor. In the first year, the Friends of Rose softball tournament raised $10,000.

Turning to Horseshoes

Eric had the same opportunity but instead of softballs (Rose’s hobby), the fundraiser turned to horseshoes. Eric, a backyard league player, worked with his friends and the Knights of Columbus to host a horseshoe tournament. Twenty-eight teams played in the first tournament in 2012 and this past June, 32 teams participated. The 2013 horseshoe tournament raised $4,600.

Making a Local and National Impact

horseshoes1The Hausmanns use their personal experience with colorectal cancer as a way to give back and help others. All of their fundraising dollars go to Fight Colorectal Cancer to support advocacy, awareness and The Lisa Fund – a fund that supports late-stage colorectal cancer research.

Their efforts are making an impact both nationally and at home. For the first time since 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, thanks in part to the Hausmann’s relationship with the late Sen. Frank Lautenburg (D-NJ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

horseshoes2At home, Rose and Eric also make a significant impact. The Friends of Rose events propel their community to give thousands to the cause. And each time a stranger comes up to them and lets them know they got a colonoscopy because of Rose’s story, they know they’re making an impact.

Fight Colorectal Cancer is so thankful for our friends and amazing advocates, Eric and Rose. Thank you for ALL that you do!

Read other stories about the Hausmann Fundraisers:

Kickin’ Cancer’s A$$ 

How Horseshoes Put the “FUN” in FUNdraising


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