New Walks Raise Funds, Awareness for Children’s Cancer


Congratulations South Florida!  On February 5 and 6 Miami and West Palm Beach hosted their inaugural the CureSearch Walk events and raised $125,000!  These first time events were great examples of how families, hospitals and companies can come together to raise funds for children’s cancer research. 

In Miami, more than 1,200 patients and their families along with local children’s hospitals and companies such as United HealthCare and BB&T partnered with CureSearch to raise $81,000.  The Walk took place along the water at Bayfront Park and included an appearance by Ms. Florida and the Florida Marlins mascot.  At the opening ceremonies, Julio Barredo, MD, Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine addressed the audience and discussed the importance of raising money for children’s cancer research.  Then, Dr. Khatib, a pediatric oncologist from Miami Children’s Hospital spoke about the role the COG plays in the daily care and treatment of patients. 

In West Palm Beach, nearly 500 people gathered for an event that included more than 25 children being honored on stage for their fight against children’s cancer.  At all The CureSearch Walk events, children who have undergone, or are currently undergoing, cancer treatment are called to the stage and given a medal of honor.  During the opening ceremonies  Narayana Gowda, MD, of St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, who led the charge to bring the CureSearch Walk to West Palm Beach told an excited crowd, “I have cared for children with cancer for 35 years and today is the greatest day of my career.  The physicians who came before me could not stand up and fight for research because there was no research.  Today there is.  It’s made me more proud then I have ever been.”

These two walk events are great examples of how communities can come together and truly make a difference. The money raised helps CureSearch continue to fund the lifesaving research of the Children’s Oncology Group whose work is so meaningful because as everyone knows, only research cures cancer.


 

Christine Bork
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