Home » Christie Jacks Memorial Fund hosts silent auction for Ewing sarcoma research
HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2013 — The Christie Jacks Memorial Fund presented a check to Dr. Jodi Muscal and Ms. Brittany Pena for $4,000, which will support ongoing Ewing’s Sarcoma research at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.
Ewing sarcoma is a cancer of the bone or soft tissue that occurs most frequently in teenagers and young adults. Some researchers believe the disease may be linked to the onset of puberty, however more extensive research is needed to better understand the life-threatening disease.
The Christie Jacks Memorial Fund was created in honor of Christie Jacks who lost her 13-year long battle with Ewing Sarcoma at age 25 years. She was originally treated for Ewing Sarcoma in 1999 by Dr. Murali Chintagumpala. She remained free of disease for over 10 years. Unfortunately, the disease recurred. After conventional treatment was not successful at reinducing a remission, Christie returned to Texas Children’s Cancer Center in 2012 for treatment on an investigational drug clinical trial.
In support of Ewing Sarcoma research, the memorial fund dedicated the proceeds raised from a silent auction to increase awareness about Ewing’s Sarcoma. The check was presented on behalf of the Chrisitie Jacks Memorial Fund by her mother, Vera Jacks, and sister Ashley Jacks, pictured here with Jodi Muscal, M.D., and Brittany Pena. Their ultimate goal is to help researchers discover life-saving treatments for patients like Christie.
Jodi Muscal, M.D. is a recognized clinician and researcher in the Developmental Therapeutics Program and the Solid Tumor Programs at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Muscal has been conducting ongoing translational research to develop new and targeted drugs for the treatment of cancer in children. Her research has been multi-dimensional, allowing her to translate pre-clinical research into of new cancer treatments for diseases such as Ewing Sarcoma.
Pena is a Sr. Research Coordinator for the Solid Tumor Programs where she provides care and ongoing research support to patients that are enrolled in clinical trials.
For more information about the Christie Jacks Memorial Fund, visit www.facebook.com/InItToEndItEwingsSarcoma.