WHO WE ARE: Team CBDI is a team created by the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute. Our Institute is dedicated to caring for children with cancer and blood disorders.
WHY WE’RE SWIMMING: Johns Hopkins Cancer and Blood Disorder Institue is one of the beneficiaries of Swim Across America Tampa Bay event. Our team is committed to making this event a HUGE success because we know firsthand the devastation that cancer causes. Dr. Jonathan Metts, one of the team swimmers, is conducting research to hopefully improve survival for children with pediatric solid tumors. Here is Dr. Metts desscribing this exciting study:
"Our study is testing the effects of malignant solid tumors on the body's immune system. We are observing the changes in our immune system present in tumors and in our bloodstreams when tumors are present. We are also testing whether immune system cells from within a tumor (tumor infiltrating lymphocytes-TILs) can be harvested from tumor samples and grown in a lab. We think this may one day translate in a form of cellular immunotherapy for children with malignant solid tumors. A clinical protocol to gather patient samples is now open at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, and we enrolled our first patient in March!”
HOW YOU CAN HELP: We are challenging ourselves by swimming in the Tampa Bay Open Water Swim and raising money to fight cancer. Please support us by joining our team, volunteering for the event, sharing the event with your family and friends, or sponsoring our swim and making a gift. Donations will support exciting reserach at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital as well as Moffitt Cancer Center