Home » Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer donates $75,000 to Texas Children’s Cancer Center
HOUSTON – March 28, 2013
Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer recently presented a $75,000 grant check to Texas Children’s Cancer Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
The grant will be used to fund a research project on neuroblastoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer that strikes approximately 650 children a year in the U.S., usually before age 5.
Children with neuroblastoma have poor survival rates despite intensive treatment.
There is also a high relapse rate, and the cancer is much harder to cure when it returns.
The neuroblastoma project will be led by Dr. Peter E. Zage, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department, Texas Children’s Cancer Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
The $75,000 donation was given in honor of Michael Key Malone, a 2011 WOKC Ambassador who lost his battle with neuroblastoma last summer. Michael was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in December 2009 at age 4.
He fought a brave battle enduring over 20 rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow stem cell transplant, 52 radiation treatments and 2 surgeries.
Despite the best efforts of his team of dedicated doctors at hospitals across the country, Michael’s neuroblastoma progressed beyond any further treatment options, and he lost his battle in June of 2012.
Dr. Zage hopes to give young neuroblastoma patients like Michael better treatment options and an improved rate of survival with his study.
“This study will identify targets important for neuroblastoma treatment and combinations of readily available drugs that can be rapidly incorporated into clinical trials, leading to more effective treatments and improved survival rates for children with neuroblastoma,” said Dr. Zage.
“Every advancement in curing pediatric cancer has come through research, but cancer is still the #1 cause of death by disease in American children. Thanks to our supporters, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer is able to provide funding for critical research projects that give hope to our vision of a day when all children are living cancer free,” said Evelyn Costolo, CEO for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.
Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) is a Dallas-based non-profit organization founded in 1980 dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research on a national basis. Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer has raised over $4 million in the crusade against pediatric cancer and spent over 30 years developing programs to not only fight childhood cancer, but to also provide hope and support to kids and families dealing with cancer. Their mission is to work relentlessly for the day when all children are living cancer free. Learn more about Wipe Out Kid’s Cancer at wokc.org.
Michael’s parents, Mike and Alison Malone, presented the check on behalf of WOKC to grant recipient Dr. Peter Zage and Dr. David Poplack, both representing the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. From left, Dr. David Poplack, Mike Malone, Alison Malone and Dr. Peter Zage.