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Canary Foundation - helping kids with medulloblastoma

Posted on Mon, March 3, 2008 at 09:35PM by Registered CommenterNeil Hutchison | Comments22 Comments | References7 References

 The Canary Foundation (www.canaryfoundation.org) has a wonderful model —- create simple blood tests that identify cancers at their earliest, most curable stages.  And they are going after some tough cancers  - prostate, ovarian, lung, and pancreatic.

The parents of MagicWater always joke that we don’t care who cures pediatric cancers, we just want kids to live.  With that in mind, we would like to bring attention to Canary Foundation for their commitment to tackle a pediatric cancer - medulloblastoma.  We think it is wonderful.

As you know, MagicWater also has research projects focusing on medulloblastoma and our hope, while we juggle kids in treatment, fulltime jobs, and fundraising, is to work with the Canary Foundation and expand their pediatric cancer programs. 

And we know of another cancer where kids could benefit from earlier detection at initial diagnosis and at relapse  —  neuroblastoma.  So please learn about the wonderful work done by the Canary Foundation and spread the word about MagicWater. 

If you don’t care who gets credit, maybe just maybe, we can save some kids.

From their website:

The founder, Don Listwin, has donated $1,000,000 to The Center for Children’s Brain Tumors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  Scientists at the Center will use the funds to help unlock the molecular origins of medulloblastoma, the most common primary central nervous system tumor that arises in childhood. The gift will provide immediate funding for research that will bring together experienced physicians and scientists who will investigate fundamental mechanisms of medullablastoma; improve imaging methods to detect and analyze the tumors; and explore potential therapies. Medulloblastoma most often strikes children under age 10, and has a survival rate of 60 to 80 percent. 

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