Welcome to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer’s Blog – These are the Reasons We Blog!

In this blog you will find not only information about research CureSearch is funding and events we are hosting, but you will also hear from clinicians and scientists, learn the latest happenings in the children’s cancer community, and see stories about the brave children facing this disease and how their families cope with their new lives.

As the new CEO of CureSearch, I am particularly excited about These are the Reasons We Blog because it will provide me the opportunity to talk to you about the funding we will provide to accelerate the cure for children at the greatest risk of losing their battle with cancer. Our goal is to continue to support local hospitals that perform clinical trials, while also driving innovation and collaboration to fund research that quickly turns experiments into treatment.

Throughout the year, I look forward to sharing our progress with you. In the meantime, we welcome your comments and suggestions for topics to address, as well as photos that you would like us to share, and invite you to check back weekly for posts or subscribe via our RSS feed.


Laura Thrall
CEO, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer

The Ultimate Hike Brings Together a Passion for the Outdoors and Children Fighting Cancer

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CureSearch Ultimate Hike events are challenging, one-day journeys, held along the trails of spectacular natural settings in parks across the country. In this true ultimate challenge, hikers raise funds for children’s cancer research and trek 15-35 miles in just one day – a feat that requires determination, and mental and physical preparation, but not previous hiking experience.

Armed with coaches, a training schedule, group hikes, and personal fundraising websites, participants train for 8-10 weeks and then set off on their weekend adventure. Once arriving at the Hike location, a pre-event pasta party and post-event breakfast add to the Hikers’ sense of camaraderie.

What started in 2011 has become a tradition among the cancer community, drawing hundreds of hikers each year to show that they will stop at anything to find a cure. Learn how you can join the Ultimate Hike experience by visiting www.ultimatehike.org.

Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children

Rhabdomyosarcoma in children (RMS or ‘rhabdo’) is a tumor made up of cancerous cells that look like immature muscle cells.  In the United States, about 350 new cases are diagnosed each year in children under 15.  Almost two-thirds of children’s rhabdo cases develop in children under 10.

RMS may arise in any part of the body, but the most common sites for this tumor are:

  • Adjacent to the base of the skull (parameningeal)
  • Around the eye (orbital)
  • Other superficial sites in the head and neck, such as the cheek or lip
  • Arms and legs (extremities)
  • Urinary system and reproductive sexual organs

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I Signed Up for the CureSearch Walk. Now What?

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Thank you for signing up for the CureSearch Walk, a unique event that raises money to fund ongoing clinical trials at local hospitals as well as innovative research. At CureSearch, our goal is to help you every step of the way, ensuring that you have everything you need to meet your fundraising goal and enjoy the CureSearch Walk experience.

When you joined the Walk, you received an email about accessing your headquarters page, called My HQ. This is your very own page to customize as you like. You can set a fundraising goal, post photos of a child (or children) you are walking in honor of, and most importantly, send emails to family and friends asking them to support you financially or by joining you for the event.

In addition to your HQ page, CureSearch is here to be your fundraising coach and help you come up with creative ways to raise money for you and your Walk team. First and foremost, each Walk is managed by a community development manager who will act as your CureSearch point of contact helping you create a successful walk.

As the Walk gets closer, you will receive information from your community development manager about the Walk’s venue, the schedule of the event and activities taking place (like face painting and balloon animals), and the opening ceremony. If you’ve never participated in a CureSearch Walk before, the opening ceremony will be especially moving for you. There, we not only take time to honor the children who fought the fight but lost the battle, we also call all current and past patients to the stage for a medal ceremony honoring them as CureSearch Champions. From there, these very special children lead the Walk carrying a banner that reads “These are the Reasons We Walk.”

Join us this year at a CureSearch Walk at a location near you. To sign-up, visit www.curesearchwalk.org.