GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - CureSearch for Children's Cancer is coming to the Twin Cities to raise life-saving funds for children's cancer research.
On Sunday, September 25, 2011, hundreds of residents of Minnesota will participate in the CureSearch Walk at the Lake Calhoun to celebrate and honor children whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Joining KARE 11 News @ 4, Dr. Bruce Bostrom, pediatric oncologist, Abby Dwyer, a patient, and Abby's Dad, Tim Dwyer.
The CureSearch Walk funds clinical trials conducted at hospitals that are members of the Children's Oncology Group whose 6,500 physician and nurse members at more than 180 member hospitals in the United States, which treat 90 percent of children with cancer in the United States.
Funding efforts by CureSearch for Children's Cancer allow children with cancer to receive world-class treatment and care close to home at two local hospitals here in the Twin Cities: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. By working collaboratively, the Children's Oncology Group has improved cure rates for children's cancer at a pace much faster than any one individual or single institution could accomplish alone, from a 10 percent cure rate 40 years ago to 78 percent overall today.
The walk begins with opening ceremonies which include a medal ceremony that recognizes cancer patients and survivors. It also includes a balloon ceremony that offers a time of reflection in memory of children who lost their battle with this disease.
(Copyright 2011 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.)