WHO we are and WHY We’re Swimming:
We are excited about the Open Houston Swim event because it is an opportunity for our Children’s Cancer Hospital team of medical oncologists, intensivists, clinicians, scientists, and administrative employees to have fun, but also because it offers our partners in the community the opportunity to help raise money to support research for challenging pediatric neuro-oncologic diseases.
Cancer in children is rare, but it is the leading cause of death by disease from birth to age 19. Brain cancer is the second most common type of cancer in kids. Surgery is not always possible, nor the best idea, and the blood-brain barrier makes it difficult for safe levels of chemotherapy to reach its target. This means we need more options for therapies and therapy delivery.
WHAT MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Offers:
At MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, we offer unique and novel clinical trials for our patients with brain tumors. These include the first ever study of the infusion of expanded natural killer (NK) white blood cells into the fourth ventricle of patients with relapsed brain tumors. Another only-at-Children’s Cancer Hospital-trial is the study of a dual-drug approach that may include radiation to treat diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), the most aggressive and deadly central nervous system tumor in children. We also offer a pharmaceutical company-initiated trial for newly diagnosed DIPG and recurrent/refractory that also addresses the challenges of DIPG with more challenging mutations.
HOW You Can Help:
Please support us by joining our team, volunteering for the event, or sponsoring our swim and making a generous gift. Donations will support pediatric and adult brain tumor research at MD Anderson.
Thank you for your support of our efforts and we hope to see you on the open water May 4. You can make a credit card donation by clicking on one of the members of our team below, or send a check to:
Swim Across America
N. Community House Road, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277
Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting!