Recently, a new Research Fund was added to our list in honor of Maddie Briscoe.
Maddie Briscoe was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on Labor Day 2010, after doctors saw three tumors on a CT scan they took while examining her for back pain. Four days later, Maddie started chemo for stage 4 neuroblastoma.
Over the next 14 months, she had 6 rounds of induction chemo, two stem cell transplants, 12 rounds of radiation and 6 rounds of antibody treatment. Maddie achieved remission towards the end of induction, just before the start of her first transplant and has been NED since.
Fortunately for Maddie’s parents, the outcome is promising. The Briscoe family considers themselves blessed that she has had such a good response to treatment. Equally so, they have been blessed by all the new people that are now as much a part of their lives as anyone has been.
The purpose of The Maddie Briscoe Research Fund is to support innovative neuroblastoma research.
Maddie’s father Darren says, “At first, we thought big and had alot of grand ideas that we wanted to implement, such as a scholarship program, a special “gift” program for the Aflac Cancer Center, and a family “sponsorship” program (where we would “sponsor” a family whose child has cancer, helping raise financial, emotional and social support). In the end, we had to ground ourselves and say that we have to start off with a little more of a practical idea. That is where CURE comes in. We want our support to go directly to fight the cause (cancer) and not the symptom of why we are here. Not to diminish the financial needs of cancer families, but addressing and eliminating the very reason for that financial need seemed to be the best focus for our efforts.”
If you are interested in donating you can donate online by clicking here and choosing “Maddie Briscoe Research Fund” in the Program section.
Additionally, checks can be made out to CURE Childhood Cancer with “Maddie Briscoe Research Fund” written on the notes line. Mail checks to:
CURE Childhood Cancer
1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402
Atlanta, GA 30338