TeamConnor Awards University of California at San Francisco $50,000 Grant

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has awarded Dr. Ernesto Flores with the University of California San Francisco San Benioff Children’s Hospital $50,000. This grant will continue funding research focused on integrated genetic and biochemical characterization of hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

According to a ranking by U.S. News & World Report, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.

“We are so pleased to be able to continue to support research that will get us one step closer to a cure for childhood cancers,” said Jennifer Bolton, executive director of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Dr. Flores has made significant strides with his cutting edge research of ALL. TeamConnor was founded for this very purpose and our efforts will continue to be focused on funding significant research projects.”

Every year, more than 12,400 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates only 3% of its funds to pediatric cancer research. The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.

TeamConnor has several more events planned including the Color Me Green 5K on October 6 and the 2nd Annual TeamConnor Clay Shoot on November 8, 2012.

More information is available at teamconnor.org or find TeamConnor Cancer Foundation on Facebook.

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Building awareness of childhood cancer is critical to funding and finding a cure. To help, please consider sharing teamconnor.org on your Facebook.

Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.  Seven will lose their battle.

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Every day in America, approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class, or geographic region.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, accounting for about 3% of childhood cancers.

On average, 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer.

About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias.

Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20% in the 1960s to almost 80% today.

Cancer kills more children each year than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined.

Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults.

1 in 300 children will develop cancer before age 20.

Neuroblastoma is the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in children.

Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive.

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