Lou and I have always been huge supporters of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. They are a wonderful organization with a terrific story, and they do an incredible job with raising money for the cause, and making strategic funding decisions. Upon creating our own foundation, we have been talking with them a lot to make sure we can work together toward our tremedous goals of uncovering better treatment options for children.
When we first heard that they were teaming up with Stand Up 2 Cancer to help fund the launch of their first ever "Dream Team" specific to pediatrics, I was overjoyed. I posted about it here. Ever since then I have been anxiously waiting to find out who was on the team, and what their reasearch was geared toward. Tonight, Lou and I were honored to be there for this most exciting announcement. When I received the press kit on my way in, I immediately began devouring the information before I even sat down. I wanted to know if their initiatives are aligned with the goals of our foundation, and they most certainly are! You will hear me talking about this a lot, I'm sure. Pasted below is a link to an incredible video, followed by a link to the press release.
When I saw the headline about "genomics" and "immunotherapies" I reached over the squeeze Lou's arm while pointing to the release so he could see. This is everything we've been talking about. It's everything we wanted for Ty. Our battle cry. The reason we are dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pediatric specific research. Our interest lies so heavily in those two areas because we feel there is so much promise, and we are going to bed with a smile on our faces and peace in our hearts. We are so happy to be part of all of this.
I have so much more to share with you about the conference, the beautiful, amazing people we met from SU2C, St. Baldrick's, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, NIH and more. Gavin is still awake in our hotel room and we will be taking him with us tomorrow morning to rally for increased medical research funding here in Washington DC, so I have to turn my attention to getting him to sleep. I look forward to filling you in more tomorrow :)