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 support infrastructure for research, as well as therapies for leukemias, neuroblastoma, brain tumors and lymphomas, according to a news announcement.
The grant is funding nine research projects on childhood cancer by researchers Paul Sondel, Mario Otto, Christian Capitini, Alexander Rakhmilevich, Jacqueline Hankand, Inga Hofmann and Ken DeSantes.
"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."
Research at Carbone Cancer Center and elsewhere has affected the lives of children diagnosed with cancer, according to Eddie Doucette, co-founder and honorary vice president of the MAAC Fund.
"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."