SOURCE: Curing Kids Cancer Inc.

Curing Kids Cancer Inc.

January 12, 2015 19:06 ET

Curing Kids Cancer Gives More Than $1 Million in 2014 to Fight Childhood Cancers

Nonprofit Has Raised More Than $6 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research Since It Was Founded

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Jan 12, 2015) - Curing Kids Cancer (CKC) announced the 2014 recipients of $1 million in grants that will go toward innovative programs and groundbreaking childhood cancer research to save children's lives. The nonprofit also announced that it has raised more than $6 million since its inception in 2005.

"Finding cures for childhood cancers requires funding doctors and research facilities that are breaking new ground in pediatric cancer research and treatment," said Grainne Owen, founder of Curing Kids Cancer. "We are thrilled at the quality of this year's recipients and that we have raised more than $6 million. We look forward to the day when childhood cancers are no longer life threatening."

$175,000 was given to Texas Children's Cancer Center to fund the training of pediatric oncologist Dr. Eric Schafer in the pharmacology of childhood cancer. The training makes Dr. Schafer one of only six doctors in the country trained to understand the ways new drugs can work for children who suffer from cancer. The work of Dr. Schafer in this facet of cancer treatment could make traditional chemotherapy, and its harsh side effects, a thing of the past. This grant fulfills a three-year commitment of $525,000 to Dr. Schafer's training.

Another $200,000 was committed to the research of Dr. David Poplack, director of the Texas Children's Cancer Center at Texas Children's Hospital and deputy director of Baylor College of Medicine's Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Dr. Poplack is co-editor of "Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology," the leading textbook of pediatric oncology.

Building upon groundbreaking work that identified the genetic synthesis of Ewing's Sarcoma, a childhood bone cancer, CKC also granted $100,000 toward research with zebra fish at University of Texas Southwestern Children's Hospital conducted by Dr. James Amatruda. CKC has provided more than $500,000 in total to support Dr. Amatruda's work for the last seven years.

Other beneficiaries of CKC include:

  • A $200,000 research grant given to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • A $100,000 grant for CAR (Chimeric Antigen Receptors) T-cell research awarded to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • A $100,000 research grant to understand the connection between Down Syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) given to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • A $60,000 grant awarded to Palmetto Health Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
  • A $50,000 donation given to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to purchase the patent of Xerecept to treat childhood brain tumors.

As part of CKC's "Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer" awareness program with major college football teams -- including the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Vanderbilt University, the University of South Carolina, Texas A&M and the University of Georgia -- the following grants were disbursed:

  • $25,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • $25,000 to The Children's Hospital of Alabama and the University of Alabama Hospital.
  • $25,000 to Batson Children's Hospital at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • Portions of the donations to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, UT Southwestern and Texas Children's Hospital were given in appreciation for their participation in "Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer."

Nine-year-old Killian Owen, who lost his hard-fought battle with leukemia in July 2003, inspired CKC. His parents, Clay and Grainne Owen, founded Curing Kids Cancer in Killian's memory to raise money for cutting-edge pediatric cancer research, and to make the newest, most innovative treatments available to children who need them.

Working to make childhood cancer curable in our lifetime, CKC targets innovative treatments with fewer side effects. CKC raises money through partnerships with sports teams at local and national levels, corporate sponsorships such as AT&T and CFO4Life, community involvement, and support from national sports figures including Lee Corso and Craig Kimbrel, and the powerhouse Mecum Auction Company, the world leader of collector car, motorcycle and road art sales.

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