Swim Across America-Nantucket Coast to Coast Challenge – June 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 – A virtual fundraiser to replace the traditional swim originally scheduled for July 25, 2020. A virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants work together to travel across America with a mission to support on-island cancer treatment and patient care. Participants choose their own activity goals that will support a virtual SAA-Nantucket swimmer to move across America. Individual activity can take place in any location! Participants are encouraged to walk, ride, run, bike, swim, or participate in a favorite physical activity in any safe location in their local community. The virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 ‘stops’) for a 7,686 mile journey. Participants can contribute to progress along the route by logging activity miles or hours, and by raising funds to support the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Oncology Program and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket.

Annual Dreamcatcher Dinner and Auction – CANCELLED – Originally scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Nantucket Yacht Club – Our major annual fundraising event. Donations and underwriting support greatly appreciated during this difficult time.

Dreamcatcher Sunset Hour – Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 7:30-8:30 pm. A virtual celebration of PASCON – the work we do and the community we serve. Guests will be invited to honor loved ones, caregivers,volunteers, and staff by dedicating a sunset in their name. Learn more about PASCON from patients, staff, and supporters and enjoy entertainment from local talent. All are welcome, but a donation will give you access to the event on ZOOM.* A donation of $100 or more will enter you into multiple giveaway drawings throughout the hour.
*Anyone can watch the event on NCTV18 or their Youtube channel, regardless of whether they’ve donated.


Swim Across America’s Annual Nantucket Island Swim – CANCELLED – Originally scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020 – A fun and inspiring celebration of those we love fighting cancer and the family, friends, and community who support them. This event has been historically held in August. Proceeds are divided among PASCON and Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Registration opens in January. All are encouraged to participate. Swim, kayak, volunteer, fundraise, or donate. Kids Splash, 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1 mile, and 4 mile options. The 4 mile swim is one week before the main swim and is open to a smaller group with greater fundraising requirements. Contact one of the event co-chairs, Jill Roethke or Jim Pignato, if interested.


A number of events happen annually during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to benefit PASCON and/or the Marla Ceely Lamb Fund. We’ll add events as we hear about them.

24 Hour Run – Usually a Saturday/Sunday in late September or early October. Local athlete and inspiration Jules Embry-Pelrine has run continuously around the island for 24 hours every year since 2013 to raise funds for the Marla Ceely Lamb Fund. An injury kept Jules from running in 2019. In 2018 he ran over Columbus Day weekend in conjunction with the Island Half Marathon. Check Jules’ Facebook page as he sometimes posts info. and details. Help support Jules’ efforts by joining him on a portion of his run (view map), cheering him on when he passes by day and night, and donating to the Marla Ceely Lamb Fund.

Annual Yoga for PASCON – Typically held later in the month, the benefit yoga class was hosted by Nantucket Island Resorts at their White Elephant Village Ballroom (19 N Water St) in 2016 and 2017. A donation-based yoga practice with Caitlin Marcoux sponsored by Nantucket Island Resorts to raise funds in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in support of all island cancer patients.

Play in the Pink Games – a week of Nantucket Whaler sports events typically held the second week of the month. Contact our office, the Nantucket Booster Club, or the Nantucket Whaler Athletic Department for details.


Marla Ceely Lamb Fund Annual Fundraiser – The 27th Annual was held Friday, November 15th, 2020 at 5 pm at Faregrounds Restaurant. Music, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and a 50/50 raffle with a $20 suggested donation. Call Meredith at (508) 317-7679 for more information on getting involved in the 28th Annual.


Annual Art Show – formerly “Mystery Art Show” – Thursday, December 3rd – Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2020 at Quidley & Company on Main Street. Bidding opens at noon on Thursday and closes at 3 pm on Saturday. Highest bidders announced at 3 pm Saturday. Hosted by Quidley & Company and sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. New format in 2015. No advance purchase and no lottery tickets. A simple silent auction to benefit both the Marla Ceely Lamb Fund and Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket.

Funded by the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation, the Palliative & Supportive Care Program is operated as a department of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care to persons with life-threatening illness and their families.

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