3rd Annual Cracking the Cure Gala

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Smashing Walnuts is hosting their 3rd Annual Cracking The Cure Gala on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner. Our mission to crack the cure for childhood brain cancer through funding research and clinical trials, depends on the generous support and donations from members of the community. During this year’s gala we will be hosting a silent auction as a feature fundraising event. Even if you are unable to attend, you can bid on the silent auction items right from your computer!

Our annual gala is our largest fundraising event of the year. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to help fund research into treating childhood brain cancer at some of the nation’s leading hospitals and research institutions.

I am Unable to Attend, but I Would Like to Send a Donation

Help us Crack the Cure, Become a Sponsor 

Smashing Walnuts needs your help to raise the funds required to support lifesaving research dedicated to finding less damaging treatment options for children diagnosed with brain cancer.

We are looking for donations of goods & services which can be featured in our silent auction.

All items will be placed on display for an expected 700+ guests during the entire event. Auction items will also be posted to the Smashing Walnuts website or Facebook page where our over 32,000 followers will be able to check out listings before the big day.


Our Story:

At 9 years old, Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with DIPG – Diuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – an inoperable brain tumor, which is terminal upon diagnosis. Her tumor was the size of a walnut. Gabriella quickly became a global advocate for children with cancer. Less than a year after her diagnosis, Gabriella passed away surrounded by family and friends who promised to continue her work.

Today our organization provides funding, lobbying and directed resources to develop better treatment protocols and a cure. We partner with government organizations, lawmakers, businesses, nonprofits, communities and children who share our goal.