Cancer researchers at UW Carbone Cancer Center receive $450,000 grant
The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MAAC Fund) awarded a $450,000 grant to seven pediatric cancer researchers at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.
The grant will be used to develop novel therapies for neuroblastoma, leukemias, lymphomas and brain tumors, according to a news announcement. Additionally, it will support the clinical research infrastructure.
Nine childhood cancer research projects are being funded by the grant, and the researchers who will receive the award are Paul Sondel, Christian Capitini, Jacqueline Hank, Mario Otto, Ken DeSantes, Alexander Rakhmilevich and Inga Hofmann.
"The MACC Fund has provided game-changing support for childhood cancer research in the fund's 41 years of existence," Sondel, director of research for pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant at the Carbone Cancer Center, said in the announcement. "Together we’re making a real difference."
Eddie Doucette, co-founder and honorary vice president of the MAAC Fund, said in the announcement that research at Carbone Cancer Center and elsewhere has made a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with cancer.
"If someone would have suggested in 1976 that someday we would be able to contribute $60 million specifically earmarked for the research to eradicate pediatric cancers, I would have thought it unfathomable," Doucette said. "Back then the cure rate was 20 percent but today, it's over 80 percent."
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