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, CURE focused on improving the care and quality of life – as well as the survival rates – of children with cancer.
Now, thirty-seven years later, we’ve helped increase the childhood cancer survival rate to 80%. While that may sound impressive, it’s not good enough for us. Nothing less than 100% will ever be good enough. That’s why, over the years, we’ve expanded our mission to focus more heavily on 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” caused by current conventional therapies
- Basic and clinical research
- Training of future pediatric oncologists and researchers through the fellowship program at Emory University School of Medicine
- Emergency financial assistance for families stricken by childhood cancer
- Professional development and continuing education efforts for nurses, family support team members, and others caring for children with cancer
- Innovative programs that address the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families, such as meals to inpatient families, outreach at the time of diagnosis, and bereavement support