Fighting Cancer So Our Kids Don’t Have To

childhood_cancer_hero_vertThe UW Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children’s Hospital have been at the forefront of battling childhood cancer for the last 50 years. Throughout that time, this collaborative program has been dedicated to advancing the standards of treatment through cutting-edge research, while providing an extraordinary level of care to patients and their families.

Each year nearly 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer nationwide. The UW’s children’s cancer program has a remarkable history of leadership and impact in the fight against childhood cancer, including the following highlights:

  • Several current major treatments for childhood cancer were developed at the UW.
  • Approximately 100 children are newly diagnosed with cancer at UW each year. The UW’s childhood cancer program treats nearly 600 patients per year. Last year, those 600 kids came to more than 2,500 clinic appointments, received 576 chemo treatments, 251 radiation treatments, and spent 1,455 nights in the hospital.
  • In 1968, the UW performed the first successful bone marrow transplant.
  • In 2008, the UW became one of only five cancer centers in the nation to provide a new, targeted radiation therapy treatment for children with a rare and terminal form of neuroblastoma.
  • In 2013, the Stand Up 2 Cancer Foundation awarded a $14 million grant to one unique “Dream Team” that included the UW and six other organizations across North America, to support their childhood cancer research.
  • In 2015, The National Cancer Institute announced that 50 US cancer researchers had received its Outstanding Investigator Award (the first such announcement since 1998). The UW’s Dr. Paul Sondel, was the only pediatric oncologist among those 50 recipients, and received this award to support his incredible work in cancer immunotherapy.

In an effort to build upon the great history and record of success, the UW is launching this Childhood Cancer Campaign to support expanded efforts in pediatric cancer research and patient care. The UW’s Childhood Cancer Campaign is launching at a time when the technological advances have finally caught up with the years of research conducted by Dr. Sondel and his team.

The possibilities for research and treatment of childhood cancer are limitless, and the goal of this campaign is to gather the financial resources necessary to break through to the next generation of cancer treatment. With these resources, and the passionate and talented team at the UW, we hope to turn childhood cancer from the life-shattering diagnosis it is now into a serious but manageable and routinely curable illness. No longer should a childhood cancer diagnosis sentence a child to death or a lifetime of crippling health risks. We know we can do better, we can see a path to that future, and this campaign aims to make that vision a reality.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised will support innovative research discoveries at the UW, moving us more quickly toward a cure for childhood cancer.

Twenty-five percent of funds raised will be used to support patients and their families during their fight. Examples include meals, transportation and financial assistance, as well as therapeutic and emotional coping support through child-life and other programs.