Last year, 300+ walkers, runners and supporters joined us on September 30 for the 2nd annual 10,000 Paces for 10,000 Faces, honouring the 10,000 Canadian children currently affected by childhood cancer and supporting the many local families we, at Childcan, are privileged to help. Over $60,000 was raised at that event, through sponsorships and the donations of so many friends, families and co-workers. A portion of those proceeds, along with other generous donations, went to fund a full-time research assistant for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Research Unit at Children’s Hospital.
Today, we’d like to give you an update on what the Research Unit has been able to accomplish because of the funds we received from you, our amazing supporters!
The addition of the research assistant enabled the Unit to expand the scope of research and clinical trials available to their patients – our Childcan kids. They have begun establishing a novel and developmental treatment program at Children’s Hospital.
This includes – for the first time EVER at Children’s Hospital – a phase I clinical trial of a novel drug for the treatment of childhood cancer patients who previously have had to travel to Toronto. That trial will be opening in September. Already open is a new study looking at drug metabolism in childhood cancer patients – 60 patients have already been recruited to that study.
New diagnostic technologies have been made available to relapsed and refractory patients and there is at least one more new drug trial that the team will be working on before the end of the year. This busy Unit has also been able to open two other studies that are looking at the toxicity associated with different kinds of chemotherapy.
This is the direct result of the funds that our generous and incredible donors and supporters have given and would not be happening without that support.