Yesterday was a big day…

The 46 momma’s shaving for the brave announced that after their shave they will be on-stage, live, during the September 10th broadcast of Stand Up To Cancer! The show will air over ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, Showtime, Discovery Health, E! and other networks. The 46 moms are shaving for St. Baldrick’s to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

The first SU2C broadcast aired in 2008 and was viewed by 10.3 million. They raised over $100 million in donations and subsequently funded over $80 million in new research, primarily to Dream Teams. SU2C told PAC2 that only 2 of 237 grant applications were for pediatric cancer, and, The American Association for Cancer Research (SU2C's scientific partner) did not select a Dream Team dedicated to childhood cancer.

In September 2009 SU2C worked with PAC2 and childhood cancer specific fundraising organizations including; CureSearch for Childhood Cancer, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, St. Baldricks Foundation, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and Rock Against Cancer, collaborating to highlight September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. SU2C graciously responded and donated time and effort and published these four articles in the on-line SU2C magazine: COG update on Pediatric Cancer Research, The Power of Imagination, The Unthinkable, and Rare. In addition, a link to an integrated calendar of fundraising and awareness events for the organizations was published by SU2C on-line.

In December 2009 SU2C announced 13 Innovative Research Grants; each $750,000 over 3 years. Projects included “Therapeutically Targeting the Epigenome in Aggressive Pediatric Ca..., “Modeling Ewing Tumor Initiation in Human Neural Crest Stem Cells” (Ewing sarcomas are highly aggressive tumors that primarily affect children and young adults), “Modulating Transcription Factor Abnormalities in Pediatric Cancer”, and other basic and cancer-type specific research.

This year, the 46 mommas, St. Baldricks and SU2C made it work again. Don’t overlook the complexities associated with that. They each dealt with issues and took a leap for the greater good of our kids.

In many ways SU2C has again demonstrated a remarkably altruistic characteristic. They continue to recognize childhood cancer as a priority amongst all cancers. They have already assisted the childhood cancer community raising awareness of September. They have already funded childhood cancer specific research. And now, on SU2C’s big night, with the whole country watching - they are willing to further highlight that priority, by sharing the stage with the 46 moms on national TV on every major network! Right on SU2C!

Haven’t we always sought national recognition for childhood cancer? Haven’t we always wanted other cancer charities to support our efforts?

Because we are so "rare", we need to work together with those OUTSIDE the childhood cancer community. To raise awareness OUTSIDE the childhood cancer community. To raise funding from OUTSIDE the childhood cancer community. We, the collective childhood cancer community, already KNOW all the facts; and what a tremendous collaboration it is that was announced - giving the 46 mommas the opportunity to share our horrific and beautiful knowledge with the world.

This continuing relationship between Stand Up To Cancer and childhood cancer? Well, sometimes you just gotta believe….

Thank you very much to the 46 mommas, St. Baldrick’s and SU2C for believing….

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