(SAVANNAH, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, raised more than $93,000 at its annual Homecoming event at Forest City Gun Club, 9203 Ferguson Ave.
The event was a football-themed celebration with delicious tailgate-inspired food, drinks and plenty of exciting college football to cheer for on multiple screens.
“It was so wonderful for our community to come together and support our mission to find a cure for childhood cancer,” said CURE Vice President, South Georgia Mandy Garola. “We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and donors, and completely blown away by how much was raised to support our research efforts and patient and family services.”
At halftime, guests watched a video sharing the story of Myles, a young Savannah teen’s battle with a brain tumor. The atmosphere in the room shifted as the crowd took in the story and the enormity of the battle this young man was fighting. Guests learned how Myles’s journey has been made a bit smoother through his enrollment in Precision Medicine, funded by CURE. Precision Medicine provided genetic testing of his tumor that revealed a targetable mutation that has impacted his treatment.
Myles’ video can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/862434975
“It was lovely to have Myles and his family in attendance as their story was shared,” said Jenny Wilkins, CURE Development Director of Events, South Georgia. “The event raised more than $93,000 and was a great night that introduced CURE Childhood Cancer to a lot of new people. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
More information can be found at childhoodcancer.org/homecoming.
About CURE Childhood Cancer
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has a staff of six in Savannah. It is the only organization providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.