Even in tough economic times, CURE Childhood Cancer’s commitment to research stands strong. CURE recently announced $1 million in research grants to researchers at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University, bringing CURE’s total investment in research over the last 3 years to nearly $3.2 million.
According to CURE’s Executive Director, Kristin Connor, “Research represents the true ‘nuts and bolts’ of how childhood cancer cure rates improve and how treatments are developed that cure children but also leave their quality of life intact. CURE is completely focused on and committed to driving this research – even in the toughest fundraising climate we’ve ever seen.”
Fifty years ago, nearly all children diagnosed with cancer died at the hands of the disease. Today, because of research, eight out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer can be successfully treated. A major reason for the dramatic climb in survival rates is the frequent participation of children in clinical trials. Nearly two-thirds of children with cancer participate in clinical trials. Extensively researching new therapies through clinical trials has led to the development of new and better therapies as well as methods to help children deal with the side effects of cancer treatment. However, treatments are only tested in clinical trials after they have been shown to be effective in laboratory testing. That’s where CURE comes in.
By providing the Aflac Cancer Center and Emory University with funds for investigating new and promising research areas, CURE enables their researchers to gather the preliminary data needed to secure larger national grants from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
Once we’ve helped the researchers secure these grants, they can move their work forward into clinical trials and eventually, into routine medical practice. Our hope is that, in the end, every dollar we provide in research support will generate $10-$15 in national grant funding, creating an even bigger impact in the fight against childhood cancer.
For more information on the six specific research projects we are funding, please visit our website at www.curechildhoodcancer.org.