SOURCE: Curing Kids' Cancer Inc.

January 14, 2008 13:13 ET

Curing Kids' Cancer Announces 2007 Pediatric Cancer Research Grants

Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina and California Research Programs Among Award Recipients

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - A study into the causes of acute myeloid leukemia by Dr. David Sweetser of Massachusetts General Hospital was awarded the annual Killian Owen Research Grant from Curing Kids' Cancer, the charity that raises money for leading edge pediatric cancer research through kids' sports teams and school children.

Dr. Sweetser was awarded a $25,000 grant to help support his research into why blood cells grow out of control and cause leukemia. This research may lead to novel therapies for leukemia that are both more effective and have fewer side effects.

The grant was made possible by friends and family of Ashley Anderson, a nine-year-old girl from Alpharetta, Ga. who lost her battle with AML in 2006.

"Ashley's courageous fight against AML and her family's fund-raising efforts have been an inspiration to us," said Grainne Owen, co-founder of Curing Kids' Cancer. "We are grateful to the many people who have made generous donations in her name, and we are thrilled to provide funding to Dr. Sweetser's promising research."

"It's always an honor to be selected for a grant, but this one is special," said Dr. Sweetser. "Knowing that this money was raised in memory of a child who tragically lost her life to leukemia inspires all of us as we look for new cures for pediatric cancer."

The Aflac Cancer Center & Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta was awarded a $37,000 grant to fund pediatric clinical trials and research to get new drugs "from the bench to the bedside." Earlier in 2007, Curing Kids' Cancer donated $110,000 to Children's Healthcare from the AT&T Curing Kids' Cancer Golf Classic.

Curing Kids' Cancer also awarded a $2,000 grant to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC to fund pediatric clinical trials at this new hospital that opened in Oct. 2007.

Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland was given a $1,000 grant, raised through the "Restaurants Curing Kids' Cancer" program in affiliation with Local Flavor. Details of the program are available at http://www.localflavor.com/curingkids.htm.

In all, Curing Kids' Cancer provided $217,000 in research funding in 2007.

Curing Kids' Cancer has two national grassroots programs -- Coaches Curing Kids' Cancer and Teachers Curing Kids' Cancer. Both programs urge parents and children to donate money to pediatric cancer research in the name of their coach or teacher rather than buying gifts. Details of the programs are available at www.curingkidscancer.org.

The Killian Owen Research Grant is awarded annually to fund promising research for childhood cancer, in particular to help make such studies available throughout a network of hospitals with programs in pediatric cancer. Killian, who died from leukemia in 2003 at age nine, inspired his parents -- Clay and Grainne Owen -- to found the charity Curing Kids' Cancer.

The grant was based on the advice and recommendations of the charity's Medical Advisory Board, consisting of 14 top pediatric oncologists and researchers from the United States and Canada. Members of the board who applied for a grant did not review the grant applications or vote for the awards.

About Curing Kids' Cancer

Inspired by nine-year-old Killian Owen's battle with leukemia, Curing Kids' Cancer Inc. is a unique, national grassroots movement which aims to raise both awareness and money to find cures for all types of childhood cancer. Our programs fund the development of cutting edge therapies which will revolutionize childhood cancer treatment by replacing traditional chemotherapy. Our objective is to turn this killer disease into a curable one in our lifetime. Details are available at www.curingkidscancer.org.

Contact Information