For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2010
Contact:
Erica Neufeld
(240) 235-2201
 

Jeff Gordon Foundation Funds Center Seeking to Improve Quality of Life for Children with Cancer
NASCAR Champion’s Foundation Gift Supports Long-Term Follow-Up Center


  

Bethesda, MD – The Jeff Gordon Foundation donated $280,000 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer to support the Children’s Oncology Group’s Long Term Follow-Up Center at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.  This Center is gathering data to understand the long-term health consequences of children treated with cancer.  Such information is critical to improving quality of life for these patients.

The Center was created because changes in therapies and increased numbers of long-term survivors have mandated the need to better understand and improve long-term effects of treatment. Children’s cancer survivors are voluntarily enrolled and are monitored from the beginning of treatment to the end, then into adulthood and for the rest of their lives.  Cumulatively, data gathered allows researchers to compare long-term health histories to treatment protocols. Such information adds to the knowledge of both the short- and long-term complications of cancer and its related treatment and will allow researchers to improve both the quality of life and survivorship side-effects for children with cancer.

“I am pleased to support the important work of the Long-Term Follow-Up Center,” said Jeff Gordon.  “Nearly two-thirds of children’s cancer survivors experience significant medical problems resulting from their original cancer and/or its treatment, and these problems can be life altering.  The information gathered through the Center will allow for research and development of treatments with fewer side effects for children with cancer.”  

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer funds the lifesaving, collaborative research of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the largest cooperative pediatric cancer research group, consisting of a 210 member hospitals worldwide.  In the U.S., 90 percent of children with cancer are treated at Children’s Oncology Group hospitals.

“CureSearch is grateful for this significant donation from the Jeff Gordon Foundation,” said John Lehr, President and CEO, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.  “The Foundation’s contribution will make it possible for researchers to better understand effects of treatment on infants, children and adolescents for the remainder of their lives.  This translates into better treatments and enhanced survivorship for children diagnosed with cancer in the future.”

Progress has been made in the survival of children’s cancer in recent decades, but there is much work to be done.  Forty years ago, the overall survival rate was approximately 20 percent and now it is nearly 80 percent. However, cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children and of the more than 13,500 children diagnosed each year, one in five loses his or her battle to cancer and three out of five who survive cancer suffer devastating, long-term side effects. 

 

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About CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a not-for-profit foundation which funds the lifesaving, collaborative research of the Children’s Oncology Group, the largest children’s cancer research organization in the world. With more than 210 member hospitals world wide and 6,500 physicians, nurses and researchers, member hospitals treat more than 90 percent of children with cancer in the U.S.  For more information, visit www.curesearch.org.

 

About Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation was established as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The Foundation supports children battling pediatric cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.

The Foundation also supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC, which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty pediatric care. We are proud to support a quality healthcare facility dedicated to compassionate care and medical excellence for children.

For more information visit www.jeffgordonfoundation.org 

Christine Bork
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