SOURCE: Curing Kids Cancer Inc.

Curing Kids Cancer Inc.

September 13, 2013 10:00 ET

Curing Kids Cancer Gives $50,000 to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital

COLUMBIA, SC--(Marketwired - Sep 13, 2013) - The Atlanta-based nonprofit Curing Kids Cancer today presented a $50,000 check to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital for the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The check was presented by Grainne Owen, founder of Curing Kids Cancer, along with University of South Carolina Associate Athletic Director Charles Waddell and Jerri Spurrier, wife of South Carolina Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier. Some of the money for the grant was raised at the 2012 Gamecocks Battle Kids Cancer event with USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner and Head Baseball Coach Chad Holbrook.

"We are so pleased to partner with the University of South Carolina to raise much needed funds for Palmetto Health Children's Hospital's Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders," said Owen. "It truly shows the commitment the University and its sports teams have to battling kids cancer."

The presentation coincides with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The South Carolina Gamecocks football squad is one of three SEC teams wearing Curing Kids Cancer helmet stickers this month. The Gamecocks will also wear Players Curing Kids Cancer wristbands, and coaches will wear gold Coaches Curing Kids Cancer whistles and lanyards during warm ups on September 14. Their opponents, the Vanderbilt Commodores, also will wear the Curing Kids Cancer gear to raise awareness. The University of Georgia Bulldogs wore the helmet stickers in the September 7 matchup with the Gamecocks.

Grainne and Clay Owen founded Curing Kids Cancer after their son Killian lost his battle
with leukemia at the age of nine. They were told that there was a drug in the lab that might have saved his life but there was not enough money to put the drug into treatment. Now Curing Kids Cancer raises money to help fund these types of cutting-edge drugs and treatments, which will replace traditional chemotherapy. Their goal is to be able to save ALL children who are diagnosed with cancer.

Their flagship fundraising program is Coaches Curing Kids Cancer, which is chaired by Lee Corso. The other main grassroots fundraising program is Players Curing Kids Cancer, chaired by Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. The charity has already raised more than $3 million to fund research on new treatments for childhood cancer.

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, founded in 1983, combines compassionate medical care with comfortable family-centered spaces, age-appropriate play areas and therapeutic diversions to help reduce stress and encourage healing. The hospital and its services have thrived through the efforts of pediatric medical professionals dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children. Today, Children's Hospital has more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children. As a major pediatric referral center, more than 80,000 children are cared for each year in its inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Clay Owen
    (404) 538-0124
    Email Contact

    Leah Peace
    (864) 704-4911
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Palmetto Health Foundation