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September 26, 2009 (Bethesda, MD) — Washington, D.C. will host the first-ever MileStones Walk to Conquer Kids’ Cancer in the D.C. metro area. The walk, scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2009 in Constitution Gardens, is designed to increase awareness about childhood cancer and raise funds for pediatric oncology research. Hundreds of families and friends of kids with cancer, healthcare providers, caregivers and cancer survivors will join Master of Ceremonies, Dan Hellie, WRC-TV News4 Sport Anchor/Reporter.
“This is an historic moment in an historic town,” said Dan Hellie, walk Master of Ceremonies and WRC-TV News4 Sports Anchor/Reporter. “I am thrilled to be part of the first D.C. CureSearch MileStones Walk to Conquer Kids’ Cancer. It’s an honor to be able to walk along side of real heroes—the kids, parents, siblings, oncologists, nurses and other caregivers,” said Hellie.
Forty years ago, childhood cancer cure rates were less than 10 percent. Today, 78 percent of kids with pediatric cancer overall are cured. While there have been breakthroughs in treatments and improvement in survival rates, one out of five children continues to die. Today, there are more than 250, 000 childhood cancer survivors.
“While we have made progress in childhood cancer research, the loss of even one more child to cancer is one too many,” said Stacy Pagos Haller, Executive Director of CureSearch. “The funds we raise through this walk will go toward research that will end this disease. We want to guarantee every child with cancer the gift of a long and healthy life.”
The specific date of the D.C. walk coincides with the fact that Congress proclaimed September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“Despite the medical advances, childhood cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children,” said Gregory Reaman, Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group. “Each day that pediatric cancer research goes under-funded the road to discovering new treatments and cures become longer. The funds raised through this walk will help move childhood cancer research forward.”
CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation exclusively supports the work of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest cooperative cancer research organization, that treats approximately 90 percent of all children with cancer, at more than 200 leading Children’s and University Hospitals and Cancer Centers in the U.S. Together, we are committed to conquering childhood cancer through scientific discovery and compassionate care. For more information, visit: www.curesearch.org.
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