This week, our friends at The V Foundation for Cancer Research made a commitment to helping pediatric cancer patients. The organization, a national leader in cancer research funding, announced its plans to observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month throughout the duration of September 2015. As part of its announcement, V Foundation, which has awarded more than $15 million in pediatric cancer research grants nationwide, highlighted new and extended partnerships, including one with the National Brain Tumor Society.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide.
NBTS is thrilled to be one of the two partners this esteemed organization has engaged with in the fight against pediatric cancers. Specifically, V Foundation introduced a new collaborative initiative between our two organizations to support pediatric brain tumor research, the leading cause of cancer-related death in children under 14, and help fund a new, innovative pediatric clinical trial, which will be a part of our Project Impact: Defeat Pediatric HGG Research Collaborative.
“…This year we have chosen a major focus on pediatric cancer. Very little federal funding is available for children’s cancers, and so – with the help of thousands of generous donors – we’ve stepped up to help save our kids!” – Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation
NBTS and V Foundation share the same steadfast determination to help improve the outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer, including brain tumors. The alliance between our two organizations is a great fit, as both organizations understand the urgency needed in the battle against pediatric brain tumor, particularly aggressive forms of pediatric high-grade gliomas, like diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).
In fact, at their annual “V Wine Celebration,” which was held in August in Napa Valley, California, and hosted by Duke University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the V Foundation raised an unprecedented $7.8 million to support pediatric brain cancer research through their “Fund A Need” program. I was excited to have attended this prestigious event and learn more about V Foundation’s efforts to join the fight against pediatric brain tumors. The event solidified that our goals and commitment to success are well-aligned when it comes to improving the lives of the more than 4,000 children diagnosed with a brain tumor every year through funding leading-edge research efforts.
We will be providing more information on this partnership and the strides it seeks to make for pediatric brain tumor patients in the coming weeks, including more information on the research that will be funded. In the meantime, we are proud to stand with V Foundation in this fight and look forward to a successful partnership.