Hi Friends and Family! I know it's a lot to ask, but again we are running to raise money towards research into some of the most complex and sometime misunderstood diseases affecting kids all over the world. I've worked at CHOP for 10 years in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Though I deal mostly in software and data, the idea that what we do makes a difference to local families keeps me going an excited to come to work at CHOP every day. I am particularly inspired by patients, families and my colleagues in the Cancer Center who are in the trenches every day emotionally and physically. I run for them! I raise money for them! I run in the hopes we one day make the breakthrough to understand some of the deadliest of pediatric cancers. Please donate to the CBTTC team or sponsor me as I run this September on the beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway!
Why this is so important to me:
Patients Need Us Parents shouldn’t have to hear the words “your child has cancer.” However, 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old. In research, every year we see monies for the rarest and deadliest of pediatric cancers dry up. We need to collaborate in the name of children and families affected by this complex set of diseases. It is events like this that help contribute to work vital to finding treatments for our patients!
Breakthroughs Are Upon Us Every day, CHOP’s Cancer Center team is redefining what a cancer diagnosis means for a child. The center offers the most advanced therapies available anywhere in the world, including cutting-edge clinical trials that reprogram the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. CHOP’s Center for Childhood Cancer Research is one of the most distinguished research programs in the nation. Within the cancer center there are programs that have local impact that with global impact. We collaborate with institutions across the nation to build our chances of creating large sets of information on rare cancers, specifically brain tumors (the most deadly disease related condition for kids). I am specifically running on behalf of the Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium. This effort is producing breakthrough research projects, and I am proud to raise money for an organization completely funded by donations.
How You Can Help
Make an Immediate Impact Today. 100 percent of every donation to the Parkway Run & Walk will help CHOP make important breakthroughs in understanding the causes of childhood cancer, developing new treatments that will improve outcomes for children, and one day may lead to a cure for childhood cancer!