Monday, April 8, 2013

Big Science, Big Hope

Yesterday was a HUGE day for the childhood cancer community: the announcement of the Stand Up To Cancer - St. Baldrick's Foundation Pediatric Cancer Dream Team. The four-year, $14.5 million grant went to a multi-institution team that "will bring together two scientific areas that have, until now, been evolving on parallel tracks: genomics and immunotherapeutics." The team aims to specifically target several high-risk childhood cancers, including refractory (or resistant to treatment) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, so the news is especially exciting to us as we think of friends who have fought, or are still fighting, ALL - some of them more than once.

The enormity of this announcement and what it means for childhood cancer warriors and their families cannot be overstated. This is "Big Science." This is HOPE. This is why we are so proud to support St. Baldrick's!

And thanks to more big science partially funded by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, here's another look at Emma's story and her incredible victory over refractory ALL:


"And she woke up. And there was no more leukemia."

What a day that must have been - and can be for other children - which is why we'll keep raising awareness, hope, and funds until every child can wake up to find that there is no more cancer. Thanks so much for your continued support of Georgia, our family, and the many organizations that are working toward that day. We will get there!

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