Why does CURE fund research? Isn’t the government doing that?
We fund research because we know that the ONLY way that advances in cancer treatment will be made is through research, and the more lines of research that are being followed, the more likely that breakthroughs will be made. Because of shifting national priorities, over the last couple of years, there has been an alarming reduction in funding for pediatric cancer research due to dramatic cuts in the National Cancer Institute’s budget. The shortfall in Fiscal Year 2007 funding for the NCI is more than $1.1 billion. Out of the federal funding that is directed toward cancer research, less than 2% is directed toward solving children’s cancer. While we cannot stand in the gap entirely, we can – and MUST – do our part to ensure progress continues, with or without federal funding.
Why should I donate to CURE?
There are many reasons to support CURE. Unlike most cancer charities, we are focused 100% on children’s cancer efforts. We fund the work of some of the most talented scientists in the field of pediatric cancer. We’re also involved in the training of future pediatric oncologists and researchers who will be instrumental in carrying on important studies and research efforts. CURE also offers programs that are specifically directed at addressing the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families.
Tell me more about the research CURE funds.
Since our beginnings in 1975, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting-edge research at Emory University School of Medicine and the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We are proud to support local research efforts that are positively affecting research on a global scale.Currently, the research CURE is funding is focused on the development and testing of new agents that target cancer cells and leave normal, healthy cells unharmed. We believe that this research will contribute to better treatments and ultimately cures for some of the most devastating types of childhood cancers while preserving a child’s quality of life. We also believe the research we are funding will lead to discoveries that will positively impact therapies for adult cancers.
What does CURE Childhood Cancer do?
CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support. We believe that childhood cancer can be cured, and so we dedicate over half of our resources to research into cures and targeted therapies for children with cancer. We also support children with cancer and their families – and most recently – the frontline caregivers of children with cancer through our innovative programs.
How many fellows does CURE fund?
Currently, we are fully funding two fellows at Emory University School of Medicine and fully funding the continuing educational expenses of all seven of the pediatric oncology fellows at Emory.
Why do you fund fellows?
We believe it is critically important to help train the pediatric oncologists of tomorrow, so that they are fully prepared for a lifetime of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. We are also proud to be able to help Emory and the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorder’s Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta attract some of the nation’s best and brightest young doctors.
Tell me more about CURE Childhood Cancer’s patient and family services.
Through our programs, CURE aims to address the most critical and urgent needs of patients and their families. We do this by attempting to reach out to families in very specific ways shortly after diagnosis to arm them with the information and resources they need from the beginning of their journeys. We also provide emergency financial assistance to families in need, provide weekly meals to in-patient children and their families, provide critical bereavement support to families who have lost a child to cancer. In collaboration with other organizations, we also provide a Hispanic Health Education Program for Spanish speaking parents addressing the medical, educational, nutritional and psychological needs of a child after the diagnosis of any pediatric cancer.
What kind of educational opportunities do you offer?
We provide continuing education and training opportunities to nurses and other caregivers who care for children with cancer. We also publish The CURE Report three times each year to educate families of children with cancer and the public about current issues.
Will CURE make efficient use of my contribution?
Absolutely. Approximately 90% of our funding goes directly to research, fellowship support, education efforts and programs aimed at addressing the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families.
Where does the majority of your funding come from?
Most of our funding comes from special events, foundations and corporations. We also rely heavily on the generosity of individual donors.
Does CURE Childhood Cancer receive any government funding?
Is CURE Childhood Cancer a 501(c)3 organization?
Yes. We received our IRS tax identification number as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in March 1976.
How do I donate?
You can donate online by clicking the “Give” button below or mail checks payable to CURE Childhood Cancer to us at 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402, Atlanta, GA 30338
Is CURE Childhood Cancer a United Way Charity?