CureSearch Announces New Board Members


Former U.S. House of Rep. Deborah Pryce and Randy Walker Join CureSearch Board

July 23, 2009 (Bethesda, MD) – Former U.S. Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and Columbus, Ohio businessmen, Randy Walker have been elected to the CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation Board. .  The announcement was made just after Hope Street Kids, a program founded by Pryce and Walker, and CureSearch [National Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG)], joined forces under the umbrella of CureSearch in June.

Rep. Pryce and Walker founded Hope Street Kids in 1999 in honor of their daughter, Caroline Pryce Walker, who died from to neuroblastoma that same year, Pryce and Walker started their foundation to help eliminate pediatric cancer through pioneering research, advocacy and education. Since its inception the program has raised over $9 million and awarded 90 research grants to 34 leading pediatric cancer institutions. 

“I am delighted to join CureSearch’s Board of Trustees,” said former Rep. Deborah Pryce.  “Childhood cancer is an issue that is near and dear to my heart and I am grateful that I can continue to work toward eradicating this terrible disease.”

Co-founder of Hope Street Kids and father of Caroline Pryce Walker, Randy Walker, also joined the CureSearch Board.  “I believe that my business background and Board experience will allow me to effectively move to the next level with CureSearch and continue the work that Deborah, Caroline and I started to raise the needed funds that will lead us to make the research advances necessary to ensure a healthy future for all children,” said Walker.

By way of background, from 1993-2009, Pryce represented Ohio's 15th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she earned a reputation as a top Congressional Republican leader and a champion of economic development and public health. She also was a lead congressional advocate for childhood cancer research and an original sponsor of the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act. After leaving Congress, Pryce joined the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC., in their Washington, D.C., office.

Walker’s primary business focuses on commercial real estate development in Columbus, Ohio. He is Vice President of Commercial One Realtors and has been a member of the Ohio Mutual Insurance Group’s Board of Directors since 1993.  Walker is the Immediate Past Chairman of Ohio Mutual’s Board of Directors serving from 2003-2007.

"We are very pleased to welcome Deborah and Randy to our Board — their leadership and commitment to eradicating childhood cancer will complement our exisiting Board. Together we will push forward with our collective initiatives in funding research and improving outcomes for childhood cancer," said Jeffrey H.  Buchalter, Chairman, National Childhood Cancer Foundation. 

Until now, advances in childhood cancer have been dramatic—40 years ago, cure rates for most childhood cancers were lower than ten percent; today, 78 percent of childhood cancer patients overall are said to be “cured.” While there have been remarkable breakthroughs in treatments and improvement in survival rates, one out of five children continues to die and cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children. For the 40,000 children living with cancer and the 12,500 diagnosed each year, years of flat funding for childhood cancer research puts children at tremendous risk.

About CureSearch 

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% of all children with cancer, at more than 200 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.

About Hope Street Kids 

Hope Street Kids mission is to eliminate childhood cancer through pioneering research, advocacy and education.  The program was founded by Congresswoman Pryce and Randy Walker in memory of their nine-year-old daughter, Caroline Pryce Walker, who lost a valiant battle against neuroblastoma on September 4, 1999.  Since its inception, Hope Street Kids has raised more than $9 million to support its battle to eliminate childhood cancer, and awarding over 90 grants and fellowships to more than 34 leading pediatric cancer institute’s across the United States. For more information, visit: www.hopestreetkids.org 

 

Christine Bork
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