Did anyone else know that CureSearch has closed it's Southeast & West Coast regional offices? And it appears that most of the people currently employed there are new. Can someone please explain to me & the childhood cancer community what is going on?

I'm confused & very suspicious.

Thank you for any clarification.

Mary Prokop

Momcologist 

Peds Hem/Oncology RN

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Dear Mary,

Thank you for your question.  Here is our response to your question.

On October 31, CureSearch finished its legal separation from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).  The two organizations have enjoyed a mutually-beneficial partnership these last few years, and we expect that partnership to continue.  The separation allows both organizations to grow and achieve great things in the future of children’s cancer research.  We are excited for our new future, and we hope for great things for the COG. 

With this separation, it is time for a new vision for the future of CureSearch.  To help with that, we have assembled some of the biggest and best thinkers on a newly-created Scientific Advisory Committee.  The committee met last week to provide feedback and direction for the future.  In two weeks, our volunteer board of directors will gather to hear the committee’s recommendations.  We are confident that these two groups of physicians, scientists, parents, and people dedicated to finding cures for children’s cancer will produce a vision for the future of CureSearch, and the future of children’s cancer research. 

That vision will start to take shape immediately with internal changes announced last week.  With the separation from COG, CureSearch shrinks from a budget of $60 million per year to an estimated $8 million.  A huge reduction like this requires CureSearch to significantly reduce the cost to run the organization so that more of every donated dollar goes directly to supporting children with cancer.  CureSearch is smaller, leaner, and will become exceptional at stretching every dollar so generously donated.

Last week we closed our office in Arcadia, California.  By the end of November, we will also close offices in Wheaton, Illinois and Charlotte, North Carolina.  In the next few months, all offices, except our headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, will close and CureSearch will employ a virtual workforce.  We will still have staff in these cities, and around the country, making sure our Walks and Hikes continue.  A virtual workforce allows us to keep our programs in place and saves on office expenses to put more of every dollar to research. 

While we work on crafting our new vision for making an impact on children’s cancer, we will also honor the outstanding commitments we made in 2012.  Those commitments are as follows:

 Funding up to $2 million to hospitals around the country to support children in clinical trials.

  • Funding our newly created Young Investigator research grants at $1.2 million.
  • Contributing to and maintaining the wealth of information provided to parents in our handbook and on our website.
  • Finally, for those parents and other donors who restrict their gift, usually to a specific cancer treatment, we must honor their wishes and direct the funds as intended. 

While we must wait a few more weeks for our volunteers to craft the vision, we assure you, and all of the PAC2 members, that our core values will not change.  Those values are integrity, transparency, passion for the cure, strong collaboration with parents, scientists, and physicians, and the absolute highest regard for maximizing the use of every dollar donated to CureSearch.

Email from CureSearch Nov 13, 2012

You may have heard about changes at CureSearch for Children's Cancer and I understand that you may have questions or concerns. The purpose of this email is to assure you that CureSearch's main focus is to continue to provide funding for children's cancer research. While we will have closings of physical locations, we will continue to have staff members across the country that will make sure the CureSearch Walk and Ultimate Hike programs continue. Below is a more detailed explanation of the changes happening within our foundation.

On October 31, CureSearch finished its legal separation from the Children's Oncology Group (COG). The two organizations have enjoyed a mutually-beneficial partnership these last few years, and we expect that partnership to continue. The separation allows both organizations to grow and achieve great things in the future of children's cancer research. We are excited for our new future, and we hope for great things for the COG.

With this separation, it is time for a new vision for the future of CureSearch. To help with that, we have assembled some of the biggest and best thinkers on a newly-created Scientific Advisory Council. The council met last week to provide feedback and direction for the future. In two weeks, our volunteer board of directors will gather to hear the council's recommendations. I am confident that these two groups of physicians, scientists, parents, and people dedicated to finding cures for children's cancer will produce a vision for the future of CureSearch, and the future of children's cancer research.

That vision will start to take shape immediately with internal changes announced last week. With the separation from COG, CureSearch shrinks from a budget of $60 million per year to an estimated $8 million. A huge reduction like this requires CureSearch to significantly reduce the cost to run the organization so that more of every donated dollar goes directly to supporting children with cancer. CureSearch is smaller, leaner, and will become exceptional at stretching every dollar so generously donated.

Last week we closed our office in Arcadia, California. By the end of November, we will also close offices in Wheaton, Illinois and Charlotte, North Carolina. In the next few months, all offices, except our headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, will close and CureSearch will employ a virtual workforce. We will still have staff in these cities, and around the country, making sure our Walks and Hikes continue. A virtual workforce allows us to keep our programs in place and saves on office expenses to put more of every dollar to research. Contact CureSearch at (800) 458-6223 to connect with a staff member working on your CureSearch event.

While we work on crafting our new vision for making an impact on children's cancer, we will also honor the outstanding commitments we made in 2012. Those commitments are as follows:

  • Funding up to $2 million to hospitals around the country to support children in clinical trials.
  • Funding our newly created Young Investigator research grants at $1.2 million.
  • Contributing to and maintaining the wealth of information provided to parents in our handbook and on our website.


Finally, for those parents and other donors who restrict their gift, usually to a specific cancer treatment, we will honor their wishes and direct the funds as intended.

As we work collaboratively over the next few weeks to crystallize our new vision, I assure you that our core values will not change. Those values are integrity, transparency, passion for the cure, strong collaboration with parents, scientists, and physicians, and the absolute highest regard for maximizing the use of every dollar donated to CureSearch.

We thank you for your continued support and dedication, and are excited to reveal our new vision at the beginning of the new year.

Sincerely,

Laura Thrall
CEO
CureSearch for Children's Cancer

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