1,000 Walkers Unite at Los Angeles CureSearch Walk

The second annual CureSearch Walk - Los Angeles was a huge success, raising more than $80,000 for children's cancer research and including the presentation of a Certificate of Recognition to CureSearch for Children's Cancer by the City of Los Angeles for the Foundation's role as an advocate for children's cancer patients and their families! 

This year's opening ceremonies were especially moving as Molly Quinn from ABC's "Castle" and the voice of Bloom in the Nickelodeon series "The Winx Club" performed in a violin duet during a balloon release to reflect and remember children who lost their battle with cancer. 

Following her performance, 35 past and present children's cancer patients were honored on stage as CureSearch Champions during a medal ceremony.   These Champions then led the 1,000 people in attendance on the Walk through Exposition Park carrying a banner that read These Are the Reasons We Walk and was adorned with the names of nearly 100 children's cancer patients.

The CureSearch Walk raises funds for children's cancer research at more than 175 hospitals in the U.S., including six in the Los Angeles area:  Children's Hospital Los Angeles, City of Hope, Southern California Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.   

Flanked on stage by fellow children's cancer oncologists from these hospitals, Chair of the Board of CureSearch for Children's Cancer and Director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Stuart Siegel, MD spoke to the crowd about the importance of continuing to invest in children's cancer research so that one day, every child will be guaranteed a cure.

Each day in America, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer. Despite recent progress in treating the disease, cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in children, taking the lives of one in five diagnosed and causing serious life-long affects for three out of five who do survive.    The CureSearch Walk raises funds for important research so that one day, every child will be guaranteed a cure.

To join a CureSearch Walk near you, visit www.curesearchwalk.org.

Christine Bork
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