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Happy New Year 
From Our Founder, Grainne Owen

Hello and Happy New Year!

It makes me incredibly happy that Curing Kids Cancer was able to provide nearly $1.2 million in funding to some of the most innovative new treatments and groundbreaking childhood cancer research in 2015. We also reached the milestone of raising more than $8 million since the inception of Curing Kids Cancer in 2005...what a blessing and what a year! 

We are a very different type of childhood cancer charity from most others because we focus entirely on finding the most advanced and promising new research and drugs for pediatric cancer, and then we provide the funding which enables them to become treatments and reach the children.
 
Our approach to funding is that we like to build relationships with the doctors whose work we support so that we have as full an understanding as possible of what they need and how we are helping them to get the best treatments possible to the children. This in turn helps us to explain their work to you, our donors, and we have been blessed by the fact that you are so much more willing to donate to us when you can understand what a difference you can make with your donations.

In 2015 we tapped into our "Dream Team" Medical Advisory Board to help find three of the most promising projects, which each received $200,000! I was amazed at the progress being made and at the quality of this year's recipients. 
Now we can actually see that the medical understanding, the advanced technology and the genetic knowledge are finally coming together at exactly the right time so that I truly believe our goal to turn childhood cancers into curable diseases is achievable in our lifetime!


Blessings,
Gráinne


Curing Kids Cancer Donates More Than 
$1 Million for Childhood Cancer Research in 2015

Curing Kids Cancer announced the 2015 recipients of nearly $1.2 million in grants for innovative new treatments and groundbreaking pediatric cancer research in an effort to save or extend the  lives of affected children. The nonprofit has raised more than $8 million since its inception in 2005.

"We are a different type of childhood cancer charity from most others because we focus entirely on finding the most advanced and promising new research and drugs for pediatric cancer, and we provide the funding which enables them to become treatments which reach the children," said Grainne Owen, founder of Curing Kids Cancer. "We take the time to actually get to know the doctors whose work we fund so that we can understand what they need most in order to provide the best treatments."  

The organization tapped into its "Dream Team" Medical Advisory Board to help find three of the most promising projects. Owen has been pleased at the progress being made and at the quality of this year's recipients.  

Below are highlights of the past year of funding by Curing Kids Cancer:
  • The Dana Farber Cancer Institute received $200,000 to fund Kimberly Stegmaier, M.D.'s work with epigenetics, which is the study of how genes are affected by external and environmental factors. Dr. Stegmaier's laboratory focuses on two common pediatric tumors: Ewing sarcoma and neuroblastoma.
 
  • Another $200,000 was committed to research being done by Stephen Gottschalk, M.D. at Texas Children's Cancer Center at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Gottschalk focuses on Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, which enables the body's own T Cells to be genetically re-engineered to kill specific cancer cells with minimal side effects.

  • A third $200,000 grant was awarded to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to fund the truly groundbreaking work of James T. Rutka, M.D.'s research on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This is a fatal type of brain tumor that has been untreatable until now.


 

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Join us for Our First and Gold Gala February 19 at the College Football Hall of 
Fame 
in Atlanta



Join Curing Kids Cancer as we celebrate our initial First and Gold Gala. The evening features exclusive and interactive all-access passes to the new College Football Hall of Fame, a cocktail reception, silent & live auctions, a 3-course dinner, and live music from our featured artist, Eric Dodd. 

The silent auction will include items such as four general admission passes to the World of Coca-Cola, an overnight stay at the Chateau Elan, an Atlanta Falcons jersey signed by quarterback Matt Ryan and much more. 

The live auction features a one-of-a-kind portrait of former University of South Carolina and University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier painted by Lucy McTier. Other live auction items include two badges to the 2016 Master's Tournament, two tickets to the 2016 Kentucky Derby, two tickets to the 2016 Country Music Awards, and a hotel room for three nights at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Special guests include College Football Hall-of-Famer Randy Cross and SEC Network studio analyst Tony Barnhart ("Mr. College Football"). 

This paramount black tie event is surely not to be missed! Get your tickets today at curingkidscancer.org/gala.


Curing Kids Cancer and Mecum Auctions Join to Make Reece's Dream Come True
Reece McPhail tells his story


Reece McPhail is a Leukemia survivor and an avid lover of automobiles. So when Reece and his family found out about Curing Kids Cancer's partnership with Mecum Auctions, the world leader of collector car sales, it seemed too good to be true. 

You wouldn't expect a company that auctions collector cars, motorcycles and road art to be the leading partner of a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood cancer research. However, at last week's auction in Kissimmee, Fla., Mecum and Curing Kids Cancer have now raised more than $2 million for childhood cancer research since forming their partnership in 2012.

This year, Mecum and Curing Kids Cancer decided to go a step further. Considering Reece's love for cars and familiarity with Mecum, it only seemed natural to invite the McPhail family to Kissimmee for the world's largest auto auction. Reece was able to experience the revving of engines and the nearly indecipherable words of the auctioneers firsthand after having seen and heard it on NBC Sports Network for years. He even got to help auction off a car and slam the auctioneer's wooden gavel when another car was sold!

Take a look at the video above that Reece and his father, Jeff, made explaining how Reece beat cancer and about his lifelong passion for cars.


Upcoming Events

February 19
First and Gold Gala


Join Curing Kids Cancer as we celebrate our initial First and Gold Gala. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit curingkidscancer.org/gala.
 
March 11-12
Mecum Kansas City


Mecum Auctions will be auctioning over 700 vehicles this March in Kansas City, MO. For more information, visit mecum.com.



May 2
Curing Kids Cancer Golf Classic


The Curing Kids Cancer Golf Classic will return 
May 2nd at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta, GA. To register and learn more, visit birdeasepro.com/curingkidscancer.
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