About The Endowment
The Syrentha J. Savio Endowment (SSE) was established by punk rock photographer Mark Beemer in 2002 after his wife (Syrentha Savio) lost her battle with breast cancer. SSE helps provide funding for chemotherapy and other medication for underprivileged women who cannot afford the growing expense of fighting breast cancer. Since its inception, SSE has awarded gifts to organizations in Chicago, Washington D.C., New Brunswick, Austin and Los Angeles that help women in struggling neighborhoods find the means to fight this killer.
SSE is a recognized non-profit organization that raises funds through a handful of programs including the SSE Benefit Concert Series, annual charity dinners, breast cancer awareness walks and the widely popular Shirts for a Cure Project (as seen on tour with such bands as My Chemical Romance, Rise Against, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls and such festivals as The Bamboozle, Surf & Skate, South By Southwest, The Warped Tour, The Mayhem Festival and Uproar). Because SSE is very involved within the punk rock community, The Shirts for a Cure Project was launched as a simple idea to give a voice to bands who care about social issues while fans are given an opportunity to own an exclusive piece of merchandise. When a band joins the Shirts for a Cure roster the design becomes an SSE exclusive with the proceeds from its sale going to benefit our cause.
Though we are young, we have a mighty roar. Awareness is the most important step, and we would like to thank you for your support in fighting this deadly disease.
You are what makes SSE fly.