The CURE Childhood Cancer Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2009-2010 officers. Please join CURE in congratulating the new Executive Committee.
President: Don Campbell
Don is the President & CEO of Virtual Management Technologies, is married with one daughter and has been on the Board for 2 and a half years.
“I learned of CURE through a close family friend whose granddaughter lost her valiant battle with cancer just short of her second birthday. Watching this heartfelt journey from a distance was simply not adequate. Beyond prayers, I believed I needed to step aboard the CURE train. CURE not only has a destination, it has contributed to meeting the challenge of finding a cure for childhood cancer head on. While cancer has not impacted my immediate family, several friends and neighbors have born the pain, frustrations and uncertainty in their own family. My commitment to CURE Childhood Cancer is driven by the impact this organization has had on meeting the research and family support challenges surrounding this disease. My objective is to be part of a group that will make a difference in funding a cure for childhood cancer.”
Vice President: April Voris
April is Partner, Creative Services at Guest Relations Marketing, is married with one daughter and has been on the CURE board for 3 and a half years.
“I first became involved with CURE Childhood Cancer through the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta and our annual event, Care Affair. I was instantly enthusiastic about the affect we can have as one organization and we are honored to support CURE annually, for over 25 years. Personally I wanted to be able to contribute even more and felt I could bring my marketing skills, knowledge and contacts to the table to help in the marketing and fundraising efforts. I am deeply committed to the mission and am a zealot for CURE as I truly believe that through our efforts we will find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime.”
Vice President: Larry Connolly
Larry is the CEO of Connolly Consulting, is married with 2 children and has been on the board for 3 years.
“Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death of children under the age of 18; and yet, research for the disease is shamefully under funded. By focusing on research and education, CURE addresses the words parents desperately want to hear the most – that their child is going to be OK and can live a full and productive life. Atlanta needs and deserves a top notch cancer research and treatment center, and we have that that with the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services at CHOA.”
Secretary: Lauren Gearon
Lauren is a wife, mother and childhood cancer survivor. She is married with 3 children and has been on the CURE Board for over 11 years.
“As a survivor of aplastic anemia, I was treated as a pre-teen by Dr. Ragab, the founder of CURE. My parents have always actively supported CURE, and I was honored to become part of the board in 1997. Every child diagnosed with cancer deserves a chance to live a full, rich life complete with all the joys it has to offer and this is not the case today. There are still too many children who die from cancer and there are many others who survive, but have long term complications due to the treatments. Not only do we need to find a cure for cancer, we need to find treatments that will cure these children in ways that are toxic only to the cancer cells, not to the children.”
Treasurer: Alan Thomson
Alan is a Wealth Advisor for The Daniel Financial Group, is married with 3 children and has been on the board for 3 years.
“Dayna and I lost our daughter, Hayley, to AML – an aggressive form of leukemia – in December 2004, two months shy of her 2nd birthday. Hayley’s struggle was a nine month battle that included over 200 days in the hospital, several intense chemotherapy regimens, total body irradiation, and a bone marrow transplant. Through it all, Hayley learned to walk, talk, and be a fun loving little girl with whom many a nurse and doctor fell in love. She inspired Dayna and me to continue to fight the good fight so that one day non-toxic treatments will CURE Childhood Cancer.”