WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO
There are four pillars in the fight against childhood cancer: awareness, advocacy, family resources, & research. All are critical and interconnected. At SebastianStrong, we have chosen to focus our efforts on research. We have seen how investment in new treatments has yielded amazing results in adult
cancer treatment and diagnostics. Since 1980, prostate cancer 5-year survival rates have improved from 70.2% to 99.3% in 2009. For breast cancer, the 5-year survival rates over that same time frame have gone from 74.9% to 91.3%. There is a direct correlation between the increased investments and the improvement in results. Research is a complex and expensive process but it is where we feel our efforts will make the biggest impact. We recognize this is going to take significant time and effort, but believe that through those efforts and the contributions of our supporters, we will collectively find a cure for childhood cancers in our lifetime.
We are proud to announce that we awarded our first research grant, in the amount of $100,000, to the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in January 2018. This money will be used specifically to fund research for less toxic, more targeted childhood cancer cures. This grant was only made possible because of the generous hearts of our supporters. We thank you for believing in us and supporting this cause which is so close to our hearts.
We are currently working on finalizing our Medical Advisory Board to assist with the important task of deciding how & where we put research dollars to work. Our mission continues to be to provide funding to researchers who are developing less toxic, more targeted pediatric cancer cures. Check back in to see updates on this process.