July 20, 2009
Stand Up To Cancer
Thank you very much for Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) kind offer to collaborate with the childhood cancer community to raise awareness of childhood cancers and highlight September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We also appreciate you sharing our concern about the lack of pediatric cancer research funding. A key objective of People Against Childhood Cancer’s (PAC2) is to coordinate with childhood cancer groups and to speak as “One Voice United Against Childhood Cancer”. Currently, we have nearly 75 childhood cancer organizations as members. The following organizations have jointly developed this initial response to your offer:
These organizations are each focused on one thing: finding a cure for childhood cancers. As you know, childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children in America and two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors suffer long-term side effects. What you may not know is childhood cancer formed the first “dream team” in cancer research over 50 years ago. At that time, cure rates were virtually non-existent, so doctors and institutions teamed up to form the very first cooperative research groups. The resulting improvements in childhood cancer survival rates represent one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories. In addition, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation are now standards not only of childhood cancer care, but also of adult cancer care.
Even with the great contributions made by childhood cancer research, cancer remains the number leading cause of death by disease for children. Many people believe that cancer research being done automatically benefits children, causing pediatric cancer research to be largely overlooked in our society. Children lack the voice, the wallet and the vote to draw attention to the ravages of the disease on young patients in particular.
We hope that through continued collaboration with SU2C we can change this, and we look forward to standing up to childhood cancer with you.
Our organizations have developed three primary focus areas for discussion and, hopefully, collaboration with SU2C, which we present for your consideration:
#1 - September - National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
#2 - The Dream Teams and Grant Process
#3 - The Future
We stand ready to do the ‘legwork’ and collaborate with SU2C to help raise awareness and funding for our children. We believe that this collaboration can help all our organizations advance this important cause. Thank you again for your offer of assistance.
Bob Piniewski – Co-Founder, People Against Childhood Cancer
Kate Shafer – Director of Advocacy, CureSearch
Jay Scott – Executive Director, Alex’s Dad, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Kathleen Ruddy – Executive Director, St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Dean Crowe – Founder and CEO, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
Cynthia Duncan - Executive Director, Hope Street Kids