See also our related blog for the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative.

Friday, January 7, 2011

McAfee Foundation funds Preclinical Therapeutic Study for Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma

We are grateful to the Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation for their unwaivering 3nd grant to our lab in the amount of $15,000 to evaluate a novel new compound for efficacy in a genetically-engineered mouse model of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.  This study is done as part of the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative at  the our institution... an effort to speed discovery of clinically-feasible agents that can be moved to clinical trials for childhood cancer.  This work is done in the spirit of helping children like Joanna Rae McAfee, who faced the tremendous challenge of this disease and whose memory lives on to inspire research teams and communities to work together in making rhabdomyosarcoma a uniformly curable disease.  

Funding from the JMCCF is raised with such grass-roots efforts as the annual Macy Easom Memorial Charity Golf Tournament.  Macy was a young girl who, like Joanna, lost her battle against childhood cancer. Macy's parents and Joanna's parents (along with help from an amazing community of volunteers) organize this annual benefit to raise awareness and to provide tangible support to families of children currently going through their own treatment.  To see what an amazingly pro-active group the JMCCF represents, visit their Events page for a list of presentations and fundraising activities over the past year.  Simply amazing.  
click below to see the results of our prior JMCCF-funded research!


This is an update of our project funded by JMCCF. Click below to check out our 2010-2011 video report.