CURE was established in 1975 as a grassroots organization with one crystal-clear mission: to save lives. At the time, the survival rate of children with cancer was a bleak ten percent. Our founders were determined to change that. With a very real sense of urgency, we focused on improving the care and quality of life – of children with cancer.
Since then, CURE has helped increase the childhood cancer survival rate to 80%. While that may sound impressive, it’s not good enough. Nothing less than 100% will ever be good enough. That’s why CURE is passionately focused on supporting research. It’s through research that we’ll find the cure for childhood cancer – and reach that 100% survival rate goal we’re so committed to.
What exactly does CURE fund?
- Research into the development of “targeted therapies” – these treatments focus only on the cancer cells, keeping surrounding healthy cells safe and unharmed. The goal of targeted therapy is to spare patients the devastating and often life-threatening “late effects” cause by current conventional therapies
- Basic, translational and clinical research
- Training of future pediatric oncologists and researchers through the fellowship program at Emory University School of Medicine
- Innovative programs that address the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families, such as outreach at the time of diagnosis, emergency financial assistance, transportation assistance, professional counseling and survivorship and bereavement support