In January, CURE Childhood Cancer received a $44,000 donation which the school raised at a gala/auction event that has traditionally been held to raise money in support of its own facility and internal programs.
The gift was bestowed to CURE in honor of one of Lovett’s 10th grade students, Cameron Street, who passed away just two days after the auction was held after a brave struggle with cancer.
“Personally, CURE has touched many lives at Lovett,” says Lee Griffith, co-chair of the gala event and a 1979 Lovett graduate. “A few of us had this idea to support the phenomenal efforts made by CURE and use this event as a model for our students and our own children. We are so proud to provide financial support to an organization that is so committed to funding cancer research to ultimately find a cure for childhood cancer. There is no organization more committed to that than CURE.”
Lauren Gearon, a long time CURE Board member, has three healthy children attending The Lovett School but knows all too well the impact CURE can make on a child with cancer.
Before she graduated from Lovett in 1986, Gearon was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. “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 but there are still too many children who die from cancer. We need to find treatments which will cure these children in ways that are toxic only to the cancer cells, not to the children.”
Gearon delivered an emotional speech at Lovett’s Founder Day Chapel, where the generous check was presented. She shared her personal experience and enlightened the audience as to the advances into pediatric cancer research through clinical trials and the need to increase the number of trials with desperately needed funding. Presently the federal government appropriates less than two percent of all cancer research dollars to childhood cancer. At the end of her address, there wasn’t a dry eye among those in the audience, some of whom have children currently receiving cancer treatment.
Thank you to the Lovett School for your remarkable generosity and support. We are extraordinarily grateful.