We recognize two families who, even in the shadow of tragic losses, were inspired by the courage and bravery of their children to help make a difference for other families facing cancer. We are grateful for their commitment and support.
The Brandt Family
It is inspiring that following the extreme difficulties of the past many months of cancer treatment and the tragedy of trying to now move ahead with their lives without their dear son Drew, Ben and Annie Brandt have somehow been able to think of others and provide a generous gift to support the needs of other children and families affected by childhood cancers.
Thank you for your incredible donation of $11,000 to help support pediatric oncology research and patient care at American Family Children's Hospital and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
Our sincere thanks tothe Peggy and James Johnson family for their incredible efforts that they are making with their BenInspired Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for neuroblastoma research.
The Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant team has made a major commitment to focus on and generate improved understanding and treatment for neuroblastoma. As neuroblastoma is an extremely difficult disease, progress in treatment has not moved as quickly as progress in many other childhood cancers. Even so, we feel that we are moving in the right direction and are involved in several aspects of “cutting edge” approaches towards that goal.
Dr. Ken DeSantes has enabled UW to be one of our nation’s ten separate MIBG treatment centers and we are very pleased and proud of the MIBG treatment facility we have within the AFCH. Secondly, Dr. DeSantes has established a novel haploidentical bone marrow transplant protocol that is at the “cutting edge” of immune based therapy for this disease.
In addition, Dr. Paul Sondel’s research team has focused on the use of anti-neuroblastoma antibody to facilitate immune mediated destruction of neuroblastomas directly in patients. Their kind donation to support neuroblastoma research here at UW is being used to support all of the above. Thank you once again, for your incredible generosity and kindness in thinking of other patients currently or not yet diagnosed with this disorder.