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Pediatric Cancer Research/Alex's Lemonade Stand

Pediatric Cancer Research/Alex's Lemonade Stand

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About this cause:

Brielle the Brave: Brielle's journey through the cancer world started when she was just 2 and a half; an anaplastic astrocytoma tumor was found growing on her spine. She had surgery to remove the tumor, 28 days of proton radiation and months of intravenous and oral chemotherapy. Not how any parent expects their child to spend the third year of their little life but Breille bounded back from everything with such spunk, determination and sweetness. Shortly after turning 4, Brielle said she was having headaches and seeing two TVs when she would watch Dora...after seeing an eye doctor Brielle's parents were told to meet with her oncologist immediately. Her doctor ordered a CT scan of Brielle's brain that showed her ventricles were being blocked by a tumor and there was immense pressure building from the fluid as it had nowhere to go. Brielle was put immediately on an IV of steroids and scheduled for an MRI and surgery ASAP. The MRI showed there were 4 tumors, one of which was quite large and incurable. The doctors didn't expect her to make it through the weekend. But Brielle amazed them all...bouncing back from surgery like a champ, her vision returning to normal and asking for french fries! At this point, all Brielle's mom said "just give us a plan and Brielle will fight this! Give her a chance!" So, in August 2014, Brielle the Brave had surgery to put her port back in, received 10 days of intense full brain radiation, lost her hair, created the Lemon Shot Challenge for Alex's Lemonade Stand, restarted chemo, endured multiple MRIs. It is now April and she is still standing tall and strong!!! The treatment options for children with cancer are so limited that more research needs to be done for ALL OF OUR CHILDREN!

"Cancer kills more than 2,500 children in our country every year. Over 13,500 kids will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 365 days. Though these numbers are significant, the potential market is too small to attract the attention of private industry. This makes the role of the taxpayer-funded National Cancer Institute (NCI) especially critical yet approximately 4% percent of its annual budget is dedicated to childhood cancer. The result is that children are dying every day waiting for promising new treatments that lack funding. This puts an extra burden on families with a child battling cancer. Although many are emotionally and financially devastated, these parents have no choice but to raise the money themselves by holding bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers. Meanwhile the NCI controls billions of taxpayer dollars yet it only releases a fraction of its resources to specifically help children with cancer. Ironically some of the most significant advances in the battle on cancer in general have been made by studying childhood cancers, with some of the most important genes involved in cancer first found to be mutated in pediatric cancers. Forty years ago childhood cancer was almost always fatal. Today, through advances in diagnosis and treatment, over 75% of children survive their disease. The challenge is that many children are still dying because progress has been stagnant for the last 10 years due to major funding gaps. Meanwhile the public considers childhood cancer as a largely solved problem and this is far from the truth."

*According to Kate Shafer, Director of Advocacy for CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, most federal funding for childhood cancer research comes from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), with a small amount coming through appropriations. Schafer says, “It’s a bit difficult to determine how much in any given year is spent on childhood cancer research. It is around $170 million per year.” Most of that goes toward laboratory research. The funding for pediatric cancer clinical trials has gone down every year since 2003, and is currently $26.4 million. By comparison, NCI funding for AIDS research was $254 million in 2006; funding for breast cancer topped $584 million the same year.

THIS HAS TO CHANGE!! We wish to support ALL children affected by cancer by raising funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.