Cure Childhood Cancer

Board of Directors

Kevin Kennedy, President
(Morgan Stanley, Vice President)
“My experience with CURE started shortly after my 18 year old son Joe was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in June, 2007. I had never heard of CURE or the Aflac Cancer Center before that night and we had no experience dealing with a life threatening illness. That was soon to change. Joe was treated at Aflac and eventually sent to the NIH in Bethesda to participate in a clinical trial. We almost lost Joe on two different occasions while we were at the NIH; thankfully he stabilized and slowly improved. Through a family friend, I was able to meet Lauren Gearon. Lauren graciously spoke to my wife and me about her experience with aplastic anemia – she gave us hope. Three months later Joe had recovered enough to try going to college. Lauren was kind enough to meet with Joe – she gave Joe hope. We have been supporters of CURE since that time because CURE gives hope to families facing these horrific childhood illnesses.”
Tylka_Pat_LowRes Pat Tylka, Vice President
(Cisco, Vice President of New Business Development, Retired)
“I became aware of CURE through my wife’s participation at the Quiet Heroes luncheon years back. In 2009, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. I realized quickly that this was not a short term battle and it would take not only all my efforts, but that of my family also. What hit me the hardest was seeing young children going through the same treatments I was dreading daily. It was seeing those kids and talking to their parents that led me down the path of supporting CURE.”
Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 9.46.36 AM Roger Weitkamp, Vice President
(CryoLife, Inc., Legal Counsel – Securities)
“I was introduced to CURE by my friend and colleague, Kristin Connor, when her son Brandon was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. As I followed Brandon’s progress and recovery, I was impressed and moved as I learned more about the tremendous support CURE was providing to the Connors and the other families having to deal with fear, uncertainty, and grief I couldn’t even begin to imagine. Fortunately, my family has not been directly impacted by childhood cancer, but as we have watched our two boys grow into active, happy (for the most part…), and fabulously healthy young men, we have always known that their good health is a luxury not to be taken for granted and that so many others don’t have that luxury. I’ve continued to follow and be inspired by CURE over the years, and I wanted to play an active role in supporting the great work it does to realize its long-term mission of finding a cure for childhood cancer while delivering on its day-to-day commitment to provide crucial support to the children and their families who are fighting the disease right now. I am very honored to be part of CURE, and look forward to contributing to its continued success.”
 0039  Rich Boustead, Secretary
(Accenture, Executive – Global Business Services)
“My six year old son Declan was diagnosed with Leukemia March of 2012; within 72 hours of Declan’s diagnosis our family was introduced to CURE by way of the Thursday evening Open Arms Dinner. Declan, his siblings, my wife Susie, and I have been fortunate to have been recipients of CURE’s benevolence on several occasions and have developed a deep appreciation of the importance of CURE’s mission. Declan’s cancer journey has opened my eyes to the intensity of having a child battle cancer, the significance of CURE’s family and patient services, and the importance of conquering childhood cancer. I feel privileged to be a part of the CURE team and to help the special people who both deliver and receive CURE’s service.”
Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 4.58.58 PM Lisa Heskett
(PricewaterhouseCoopers, Assurance Partner)
“So many of us are touched by cancer in our lives.  I have seen its devastating effects on the adults I’ve known who have been afflicted.  Some have survived only to then encounter other issues brought on by the treatments meant to cure the cancer.  The thought of children enduring those treatments and the long term effects on their bodies as well as those children who do not survive at all is what drove me to join the fight for a cure.”
Jill Becker
(WXIA TV, Retired Anchor)

Our son Matt was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma at the age of 3. Our story has a happy ending. Matt is a healthy 24 year old looking forward to the rest of his life. I will never forget how incredibly kind and giving people were to our family when he was sick. That caring is the heart and mission of CURE, and that is why this organization has my heart and my commitment. I am honored to be part of CURE and to continue to share this love with these beautiful children and their families as we search for the cure that ends childhood cancer.


Tee Bridges
(Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Survivor; Stone’s Home Centers, President)
“I first became aware of CURE in 1981 when I was a patient at The Emory Clinic (Egleston). During the 1980s, I witnessed how CURE volunteers turned the clinic into a place of happiness instead of fear. “Miss Sydney,” a volunteer at the clinic, always had a game, arts and crafts or something for the kids to do while they were waiting for chemotherapy treatment. She was one of the most selfless people I have ever met. One would think that only bad memories come from being a cancer patient. However, I only have positive memories of the doctors, nurses, researchers, volunteers, hospital staff and the other patients who I befriended during my time at The Emory Clinic. Even today, these friends continue to be an inspiration to me.After being away from the Atlanta area for twenty years, my family and I moved to Dunwoody in 2008. Now that I have the time to give, it is time that I give back to CURE, an organization that has given so much to so many.”
Joe Coleman
(CS Truck & Trailer Repair, Owner and CEO)
“My daughter is a cancer survivor. Cancer is a terrible disease. Much progress is being made and yet I attended too many children’s funerals that I will never forget. This is my way of giving back in thanksgiving of my daughter’s cure, in honor of those that did not make it, and the hope that no other child or parent will have to go through this pain and suffering.”
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(Affinity Bank, President)
“I am testament to the effectiveness of CURE’s strong outreach program. I was introduced to CURE by a friend who asked for a sponsorship. The sponsorship lead me to the CURE website where I started receiving newsletters. With a tear in my eye, I read each story of the children and families affected by this awful disease. Although I have no firsthand experience with childhood cancer, CURE’s mission resonates with me. I felt called to get off the sidelines and into the fight. I am honored to be part of such a wonderful organization and look forward to contributing all of my efforts to its success.”
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(Accenture, Digital Executive)
“Our family grew to know CURE after our beautiful 3 year old daughter, Melissa,  was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. One of the first people we met was a volunteer from CURE, serving a meal at the hospital we were in for months with our daughter. Through the cancer treatments, we watched our daughter race through the hospital halls on her bike, and never let cancer take away her joy. We unfortunately learned there has been very little progress made on treatment options for pediactric cancer in the last few decades. The treatment options were not effective, and barbaric, leading to secondary cancers and lifelong issues.  Unfortunately, we searched the world for a cure to no avail, at least on this earth.  We know that Melissa left a bigger impact on the world than most do in their lifetimes and we vowed to always fight for a cure for children currently fighting, or who will be fighting, cancer. We joined CURE because we saw they never left our side and share a deep passion for fighting for our children, and our children’s children, to find a CURE for this dreaded disease.”
post-4515-0-45476000-1413539145 Lauren Gearon
(Childhood Cancer Survivor)
“As a survivor of aplastic anemia, I was treated as a pre-teen by Dr. Ragab, the founder of CURE. My parents have always actively supported CURE, and I was honored to become part of the board in 1997. Every child diagnosed with cancer deserves a chance to live a full, rich life complete with all the joys it has to offer and this is not the case today. There are still too many children who die from cancer and there are many others who survive, but have long term complications due to the treatments. Not only do we need to find a cure for cancer, we need to find treatments that will cure these children in ways that are toxic only to the cancer cells, not to the children.”
Seth Gibree, D.M.D.
(North Georgia Smiles, Owner)
“I became involved with CURE because I strongly believe all children deserve the chance to enjoy life, to be free of worry, and to discover their dreams. As the father of two young boys, I appreciate the importance of running around outside, riding bikes, and simply playing (dirt optional)! Kids shouldn’t have to worry about hospitals, tumors, and big words they can’t pronounce. For that reason, CURE’s mission to love and support the children and families battling childhood cancer touches my heart. I am honored to serve with an organization that is committed to finding a cure for this terrible disease so that kids can get back to doing what they do best… just being kids.”
 headshot - Tiffy Tiffany Moody
(Mother of Childhood Cancer Survivor)
I first became aware of CURE in 2012 when our 10-year old daughter, Bailey, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. We had been unwillingly thrown into a terrifying world about which we new nothing. CURE was one of the first organizations we discovered, as they were there almost immediately with a goody bag and information, meeting our practical needs at a time when we were still reeling in shock. During Bailey’s year in treatment, I discovered that CURE’s dedication to cancer kids and families was far more extensive than just meeting basic needs. I learned that CURE was committed not only to patient and family care, but also to research and development. Because of what I now know about the devastating world of childhood cancer, I am devoted to fighting for the children who cannot fight for themselves. CURE is not only battling this beast with fundraising that leads to research, but they are also loving and serving kids and families during the most difficult time of their lives. The organization is all-encompassing and I feel both honored and humbled to serve with CURE.
 Joe Moye_2015 (2) Joe Moye
(Virtustream, President)
I was introduced to CURE through the Robb family who lost their amazing son and brother, Sam, to cancer in 2007. Sam was a best friend and an inspiration to many including our children. To witness a family channel their grief from this tragic loss into love and support for others, through their fundraising and sponsorship of CURE, is nothing short of amazing. Their example, strength and faith have been the motivating factors in driving me to find a way to help others less fortunate and those facing similar life changing events due to the dreaded disease of childhood cancer. My career also led me to serve the philanthropic sector as an executive of a software company focused on fundraising solutions. This gave me an opportunity to learn a great deal about various best practices used by the leading organizations focused on ridding the world of afflictions such as cancer. I believe I can apply those learning to benefit CURE as a team member and am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of such an outstanding cause and organization.
Jason Rogers
(Grant Thornton LLP, Partner)
“While my family has not been personally impacted by childhood cancer, I have always been passionate about the development of kids and supporting organizations that benefit children. The courage and strength of these young heroes pushes me to want to make a difference. There is not a better organization to be associated with than CURE. From the wonderful support that is provided by patient & family services to the commitment to funding the research that will one day allow us to find a cure, CURE Childhood Cancer is paving the way.” 
Thomas G. Savini
(Damballa, Inc., CFO)
“I have witnessed two families lose precious young children to cancer. While my family could not comprehend their pain, we nonetheless grieved with them and wondered ‘What could we have done to help?’ I first learned of CURE Childhood Cancer when I was invited to a presentation on their mission and goals. I was deeply moved by the commitment of this organization, in particular the parents involved that had experienced the heartache of a child with cancer. At the same time I was shocked to learn of the low amounts of research funding for pediatric cancer cures. It quickly became clear to me that through CURE Childhood Cancer I could now ‘do something to help.’ Finding cures for these horrific diseases is a fight worth fighting and I am honored to be part of this effort.”
JLS Janet Street, M.Ed
(Teacher, The Schenck School)
“Our family grew to love CURE when our son, Cam, went through his treatments for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Of course, we loved all the meals and other acts of kindness, but CURE really got our attention after Cam became gravely ill after experiencing a recurrence. He was given a trial drug which had been funded by CURE, and overnight, after one infusion and without a single side effect, Cam was back to doing cannonballs in the pool. Every tumor in his lungs was eradicated, and he began to live again. We were told from the start that this drug was in early-stage development, and the benefits would last only three months. We couldn’t help contemplating what might have been if this trial drug had been available to him sooner. It made us aware of the importance of cutting-edge research and gave us hope that other families might not have to endure the horrific pain of losing of a child. We will always be grateful to CURE for all they continue to do to help so many children win this war.”
Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 11.37.19 PM Linda P. Terrana
(Director of Operations, Floral and Decor at BOLD American Events/The Fifth Group Atlanta)
“The US is arguably the most economically-advantaged nation in the world, yet tragically we lose more of our children (over six months of age) to cancer than to any other disease. With 5.067 billion dollars in annual government funding towards cancer research, a mere 3% is dedicated to research of childhood cancers. As a young mom here in Atlanta, my husband and I were thrust into the overwhelming arena of childhood cancer, and were forever changed. We were patients in a 32-bed hospital, named Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, now known as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We have seen tremendous progress in the war on pediatric cancer, yet there is much work still undone.”
April Voris
(GRM, Partner)
“I first became involved with CURE Childhood Cancer through the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta and our annual event, Care Affair. I was instantly enthusiastic about the affect we can have as one organization and we are honored to support CURE annually, for over 25 years. Personally I wanted to be able to contribute even more and felt I could bring my marketing skills, knowledge and contacts to the table to help in the marketing and fundraising efforts. I am deeply committed to the mission and am a true zealot for CURE as I truly believe that through our efforts we will find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime.”
Richard Woodcock
(Atlanta Radiology, Neuroradiologist)
“CURE was first introduced to our family in a very personal way when our son was treated for a hematologic disease at Children’s in Atlanta. We spent several days at the hospital and saw CURE’s positive impact on those there with us. Over the next few years we were acutely aware of CURE’s important work in treating and supporting families with childhood cancers. With friends in our community fighting this fight, and colleagues who care for these children, I felt motivated to contribute in a special way. We participated in several CURE events and felt the passion that was devoted to CURE’s cause. I would like to bring my own passion to supporting children and families with childhood cancer, and working to solve the research puzzles that such cancers present.”
Leslie Zacks
(Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer)
“Children should play. They should not be forced to lie in bed worrying about white blood cell counts, tumor sizes or whether they will see their next birthday. CURE understands the personal and emotional impact cancer has on children and their families. CURE understands that tackling this disease requires significant resources. CURE understands…that is why it invests in the training and education of pediatric oncologists and in much needed clinical research. There are a lot of non-profits out there, but only one that focuses on pediatric cancer clinical research and understands what it will take to discover the ultimate solution. My heart breaks with each diagnosis and I am committed to ensuring that my time, money, sweat and energy will make a difference in this important fight.”
*CURE would like to thank Daniel Henninger for donating his services for the Board of Directors photography. Visit him at
Carlos Alvarado, M. D. (Pediatrics and Pediatric Oncologist, Retired Associate Professor)
Ken Biggerstaff (NES Construction Services, Vice President)
Andrew Block (McKesson Health Solutions, Chief Sales Counsel)
Jeff Bogart (Bogart & Bogart, P.C., Partner)
Don Campbell (Virtual Management Technologies, CEO)
Edwin R. Clark (Atlanta Motor Speedway, President)
Larry Connolly (Connolly LLC, Retired CEO)
John Deushane (WXIA-TV, President and General Manager)
Harry W. Findley, PH.D (Retired Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University)
Tom and Chris Glavine (Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher, Pediatric Cancer Advocate)
Ginger Kindred (Kindred Consultants, LLC, Owner)
Greg Kindred (Richard Bowers & Company, Senior Vice President and Father of Childhood Cancer Survivor)
Raymond King (Zoo Atlanta, CEO)
Eric Lindberg (MSI International, President & CEO)
Trey Loughran (Equifax Personal Information Services, President)
Bruce Meyer (Triad of North Atlanta-Global Business Development Firm, Managing Partner)
David Norden (Troutman Sanders, Attorney)
Vernon O’Neal (Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Senior Vice President)
Shawl Pryor (Moonbeam Capital Investments, LLC)
Louis B. Rapkin, M.D. (Pediatric Oncologist, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)
Ted Schweers (Dominium Benefits, Principal)
Bernard Taylor (Alston & Bird, Partner)
Alan Thomson (TerraFirma Financial, Wealth Strategist)
Rhys Wilson (Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, Partner)
Ellen Yates (Mother of Childhood Cancer Survivor)
John Yates (Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, Partner)
Bernie Zidar (McKesson Health Solutions, Chief Counsel IP)HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
Jeannine Addams
Gary Andriate
Jane Bick
Jeana Goodwin
Dan Dever
Craig Lovin
Carol McCloud
Dawn Patterson
Judy Payne
Abdel Ragab, M.D.
Juan Ramirez
Colin Smith, RN
June Tatum Roger
Roger Vega, M.D.
Susan Walker


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    Attend the “Home by Dark” outdoor singer-songwriter concert on August 5th or August 6th, with proceeds benefiting CURE. The concert takes place at beautiful Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, GA. This experience is not to be missed! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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    Mark your calendars for the annual Golf Classic for CURE, held September 30, 2016 at the beautiful Oaks Course in Covington, GA. For more information about sponsorships or to register to play, contact Joe Coleman at