This year I am the public relations chair for the CureSearch Chicago Superhero Walk. CureSearch was one of the first organizations I was introduced to when my daughter Kennedy was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 at the age of 4. CureSearch was the logo on the stationary I took notes on. It was the organization that sponsored the experimental protocol my daughter received after day 29, post induction. CureSearch was also the beneficiary of the walk I attended in September 2012, only 4 months after my daughter was diagnosed. To me, CureSearch is synonymous with childhood cancer research.
If Kennedy were diagnosed with ALL Leukemia in 1967, we likely wouldn’t have celebrated her 10th birthday last month. In fact, only 4% of children diagnosed in the 1960’s with low-risk ALL Leukemia survived; today 94% do. Although the 5-year survival rate for some childhood cancers has increased drastically over the past 50 years, still nearly 2,000 children under the age of 19 die each year – making cancer the leading cause of death by disease in children in the US. 42 children are diagnosed in the each day!
While working on public relations for CureSearch, I personally met and lost Superheroes that lost their battle with cancer – Ana, Julissa, Tyler and Blake. It is for these amazing children and children like them that we need to continue to walk and fundraise for Children’s Cancer Research.
Edan Gelt believe in CureSearch because for every dollar donated, 58% goes toward children’s cancer research and education projects and 31% for fundraising to secure the funding to do it. Only 11% of every dollar goes toward operating the organization. This says a lot. There are many great organizations out there like the American Cancer Society or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that fund cancer research but only 4% is dedicated specifically to children’s cancer research.
Children’s cancer can’t be treated like adult cancers because most of the treatments can be toxic to a child’s body, damaging their organs, mental health and more. To treat childhood cancer, specialized protocols are needed.
To help fund the future of cancer-fighting superheroes, join CureSearch on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Boomer’s Stadium, 1999 South Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60193.
Find CureSearch on Facebook @CureSearchChicago
Signup to walk at www.curesearchsuperheroes.org/chicago
By: Edan Gelt
CureSearch Chicago Walk Chair