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The Children School Supports The Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer Fund

As written in The Children’s School Newsletter

Character education and community service are a part of daily life at The Children School (TCS).  On May 26, Wilma Pollard and Amanda Thwaits’ first grade class ended their year of service by completing a fundraising project that had an extra special meaning for them.

Their efforts, a walk-a-thon around Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer, raised $3,500 for Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer that supports pediatric cancer research.  Press On was started by TCS parents Erin and Stephen Chance.  The students, including an energetic Patrick Chance who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in June 2006, walked three laps around for a total of three miles each.  In support of their classmate’s cause, the first graders solicited pledges from family members, friends, neighbors, and TCS faculty and staff to raise a remarkable $3,500.

According to the students’ teachers, Wilma and Amanda, “it was very exciting to make this a memorable event for our young ones to cherish and understand how they can make a difference at their level.”  The walk-a-thon was not only a great fundraising opportunity, but also a chance to get some fresh air and exercise and to show the strength of the TCS community.


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Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer: A Named Fund Truly Making a Difference

In 2007, Stephen and Erin Chance created CURE Childhood Cancer’s first “Named fund.” Their son, Patrick, had been diagnosed with Stage Iv Neuroblastoma at three years old. After realizing the dire need for funding for pediatric cancer research, the Chances created Press On: The Patrick R. Chance fund for Neuroblastoma Research to combine their fundraising efforts with the shared vision, experience, and success of CURE Childhood Cancer.

The Press On fund mission changed in an ironically positive direction in 2009 when Tara and Turner Simkins, dear friends of the Chances and early supporters of Press On, joined forces with the Chances as a result of their son, Brennan’s, diagnosis with AMl on the eve of his seventh birthday. During Brennan’s bone marrow transplant, and after Patrick had been off therapy for only three short months, Patrick’s cancer returned. Then, just three months later, Brennan relapsed. Both boys and their families and supporters are fighting to find a cure.

The Chances and Simkins have shared a friendship practically their entire lives. Now they also share the mission of the Press On fund. The brutal irony of their sons’ battles with cancer underscores their firm belief that their continuing experience “in the trenches” with their boys offers a providential opportunity to help raise money which can be targeted directly to therapies and trials which can make a difference now. from this perspective, their lives will be always changed for the better, relying on the strength of true friendship and faith to Press On through any circumstances for a CURE.

As a result of the generous support of family, friends, and a community of supporters, The Press On fund has directed several hundreds of thousands of dollars to promising research for neuroblastoma, specifically Dr. Donald Durden’s research of Pl-3 Kinase Inhibitor and Targeted Therapies for neuroblastoma conducted at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Press On has also directed $20,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to support a team of dedicated neuroblastoma researchers investigating antibody therapies.

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CURE Childhood Cancer Honors Patrick Chance

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 8, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Patrick Chance. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Patrick’s Fund.

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Patrick Chance’s Story:

This is a tale of two lives, one who has lost much of the carefree days of childhood to cancer and one who has donated her carefree days of retirement to bring awareness and research funds to the battle to end childhood cancer.

First, I must introduce you to Patrick. In June of 2006, at the age of 3, Patrick was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. He endured 10 rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, 9 months of oral chemotherapy, 12 rounds of radiation, and 2 years of painful anti-body therapy. He spent almost 100 nights in the hospital and countless additional days in clinics. During his treatment, in April of 2007, he was declared in remission. He completed therapy at the end of March 2009, anticipating his first summer in three years off therapy. A mere 2 months later, a routine follow-up scan detected neuroblastoma tumors in his skull and chest. Since this discovery in June of 2009, Patrick has enrolled in a phase I trial for a promising new chemotherapy agent. Despite being denied a hospital-free summer, which is not much to ask for from a 6 year-old boy, he has not complained about his re-entry into the cancer battle. He has accepted hospitalizations and medications. He has embraced baldness. He has maximized every fun moment he can find with his sisters, Madison and Anna. He is a warrior again, but his life is not defined by the battle.

Some days, it seems her life, however, IS defined by the battle. Despite her own health challenges, she has helped to organize a major concert that raised over $32,000 for childhood cancer research. Every year she buys and pots over 400 flowering bulbs to sell during the holidays to raise additional research funds. She takes time out of her day to speak at garden clubs, Exchange Clubs, Rotary Clubs… any group who is willing to be educated by her about the number one disease killer of our children, the potential killer of her grandson. She visits the parents of other children with cancer and provides support to them in their own time of need. She is relentless in her quest. Her name is Kris Gordon; she is my mom and she is amazing.

September 8th is my mom’s birthday, and I am asking you to help me honor her with a donation to Press On: The Patrick R. Chance Fund for Neuroblastoma Research of CURE Childhood Cancer.

About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!

Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.

For more information, please click here.

About CURE Childhood Cancer:

Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.

The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.

Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.

Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.

Donate to Patrick’s Fund

Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.

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Play for Patrick Tennis Tournament – May 29-30


This years Druid Hills Golf Club Charity Weekend with Play for Patrick and Tennis Pro AM will be held on Friday, May 29-30 to benefit Press On: The Patrick R. Chance Fund for Neuroblastoma Research through CURE Childhood Cancer.

dsc_0393Press On provides funding for basic and clinical research relating to neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. Press On was established in June of 2007 through CURE Childhood Cancer, Georgia’s oldest childhood cancer charity.

Through various fundraisers, Press On provides grants to scientists and physicians conducting research involving neuroblastoma. During the distribution of grants, a preference will be given to researchers and physicians at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, although consideration will be given to requests for funding by any scientists or physicians conducting research into novel therapies for neuroblastoma, regardless of their affiliated institution.

Patrick Chance is the six year-old son of Erin and Stephen Chance. Patrick lives in Atlanta with his sisters, Madison and Anna, and his dogs, Banks and Bear. In June of 2006, Patrick was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. It took surgery, ten cylces of toxic chemotherapy, twelve rounds of radiation, and one cycle of monoclonal antibody therapy to rid Patrick of this terrible disease. The last cycle of chemotherapy was so strong that he required autologous stem cell rescue to survive. He continues to recevie painful antibody therapy in hopes of keeping him in remission. He is still at high risk for relapse and at risk for secondary cancers like leukemia as well as infertility, scoliosis, and other significant side effects. Simply put, the current treatments for neuroblastoma are not good enough. With your help, we plan to change that.

To participate in or find out more information about Play for Patrick, please contact Erin Chance via email or at 404.276.7405.

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The Children’s School Raises Money for CURE

image003In March, kindergartners at The Children’s School in Midtown performed extra chores for parents and friends to raise money for their class community service project.  The children donated the money, a total of $587.51, to a special cause,  Press On: The Patrick R. Chance Fund for Neuroblastoma Research of CURE Childhood Cancer.


Along with learning values such as hard work and generosity, the students were able to donate to a cause that has touched their life directly.  Their classmate, Patrick Chance, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in June of 2006 and completed therapy

the week his classmates turned in the money they had earned for the community service project.  The TCS kindergartners expressed a dedication to helping children whose lives have been touched by cancer through their journal writings in class.  Patrick’s mother, Erin Chance, and CURE’s Amy O’Neill accepted the donation from TCS on April 3, 2009.

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Patrick’s Paperwhites

patrickspaperwhitesGive a gift of fragrant, white, super easy care paperwhites and support childhood cancer research at the same time!

Press On (the Patrick R. Chance Fund for Neuroblastoma Research) through CURE Childhood Cancer is to provide funding for basic and clinical research relating to neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of the nervous system.

This beautifully potted and ready-to-sprout paperwhite gift has been created in Patrick’s honor and will be available until the end of February. For each gift purchased, 15% of the price will be donated to fight neuroblastoma.

We want to thank EasytoGrowBulbs.com for making this possible. 

Just type PATRICK into the Discount Code/Special Offers field as you check out and 15% of your gift order value will be donated to Press On: The Patrick R. Chance Fund for Neuroblastoma Research.
Click here to purchase Patrick’s Paperwhites!

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