WHY CHANCE FOR LIFE MATTERS
20% OF CHILDHOOD CANCERS ARE RESISTANT TO THERAPY
Life-saving therapy comes at a steep cost.
40% of childhood cancer survivors will have a chronic medical condition
THIS IS WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS SO IMPORTANT
CFL & Children’s National HEALTH SYSTEM
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Health System strives to provide the highest quality of care for children with cancer, blood and immunologic disorders, while meeting the unique needs of each patient and family we serve. Our physicians, scientists and staff are committed to finding innovative therapies by continually advancing basic and translational research for the benefit of children everywhere. Chance for Life is a critical partner in the mission of the System. Your support of the event directly helps clinician scientists conduct innovative investigations that attack disease from new, innovative, and life-saving directions. Chance for Life is helping to turn the hope of pioneering ideas, directions and investigations into the treatment realities of tomorrow for children with cancer and their families. For more information about Children’s National, please click here.
WHAT ARE WE FUNDING THIS YEAR?
EXECUTING LIFE-SAVING TRIALS
Clinician scientists in Neuro-Oncology at Children’s National are conducting the first trial for pediatric brain tumors using immune cells that have been engineered in the labs at Children’s National to kill cancer to provide a child’s immune system a specialized weapon to help it fight cancer.
The team is using a combination of DNA and protein sequencing to find abnormal tumor specific proteins that can serve as triggers to activate and aim a patient’s immune system against their tumor.
STUDY OF PROTIENS
They are studying the expression of unique proteins on the tumor cell membrane to generate immunotherapies specific to individual cancer types.
CFL & Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
As mentioned, Chance for Life was inspired by the diagnosis and irrepressible spirit of Kennedy Snyder. In a similar story of empowerment and determination, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, held her first childhood cancer fundraiser at age 4 — a lemonade stand — in her front yard. It raised over $2,000. She was fighting neuroblastoma — a type of childhood cancer — and wanted to give the money to help kids like her fight cancer. By the time she died in 2004 at 8-years-old, Alex had raised $1 million and inspired a legacy of hope and cures for childhood cancer.
Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) inspires people around the country and the world to host lemonade stands and other events to fund important research. To date, ALSF has funded 690 cutting-edge, medical research projects in 127 institutions around the country. The Foundation also provides programs that support families and improve the quality of life of children with cancer like Kennedy and Alex. For more information, please click here.