Dear Loyal PCF Supporter,
Thanks to individuals like you, Pediatric Cancer Foundation has been able to give the gift of hope to families who have heard the devastating words, “Your child has cancer.” Our fundraising goals have been met through many special events including our Annual Walkathon, Luncheon, Evening Event, Bake Sales, and Bowlathons. We are also the grateful recipients of many gifts made in honor of or in memory of loved ones. Donor generosity is what makes our work possible and we appreciate every gift no matter the size.
PCF helps to fund medical research in world class hospitals. In 2014 your gifts have helped support the following programs:
New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital:
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Developmental Therapeutic Program, under the leadership of Dr. Julia Glade-Bender. This evaluative program treats children from the entire New York metropolitan area. In addition to supporting the program’s infrastructure, we have added a research nurse to the program.
We also fund research laboratories run by Dr. Robert Cowles and Dr. Angela Kadenhe-Shiweshe which are conducting clinical trials in the area of treatment resistant cancers. We are excited to report that due to this research, a previously wheelchair bound patient is now able to walk. Much of this work has been published and recognizes Pediatric Cancer Foundation as a financial supporter.
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital:
PCF continues to support the exploratory laboratory costs of Dr. Jessica Kandel (formerly of New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital), associated with her ongoing investigation into the treatment of recalcitrant tumors.
Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center:
PCF supports a 3 year Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program wherein a fellow is trained as a scientist-clinician dedicated to the practice of comprehensive, compassionate and research driven care of children with malignancies and blood disorders.
PCF has also contributed funds towards the installation of special screens in the infusion treatment rooms. These screens serve as a distraction from the anxiety of infusion treatments and enhance the comfort of patients.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center:
PCF supports the targeted therapy program which is under the leadership of Drs. Richard O’Reilly and Nai-Kong V. Cheung. Our funds enable essential research and testing of immunotherapy in children with cancer. We support the production and translation of innovative treatment modalities not covered by insurance. The only way to produce these expensive supplies is by the support of groups such as PCF.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York:
PCF funds research headed by Dr. Jeff Lipton which is critical to understanding what causes cancer in children. Having found an increase in bone tumors in children with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, Dr. Lipton’s research is attempting to identify which gene mutations give rise to malignancy.
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Westchester Medical Center:
In addition to funding alternate therapies at Maria Fareri, this year we are also supporting a study of hematological malignancies. Placental stem cell therapy and haplo stem cell transplantation are being studied in this research.
Pediatric Cancer Foundation would be nothing without our generous partners. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and friendship. Together we will continue to seek a cure for childhood cancer and …hold the hand of a child.
With much appreciation and warm regards,
Bonnie Shyer, President