Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ben Towne Foundation

This weekend I joined Amy, Amber, and Leann and ran the Portland half marathon.  It could not have been a more beautiful day, and we ran for a great cause.  We were a part of the Ben Towne Foundation team and our group helped raise $17,000 towards pediatric cancer research.  (Please continue to help support this amazing foundation which puts every single penny donated towards research).  I knew Ben well and he endured so much in an effort to cure his cancer.  Cancer didn't care that Ben was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, and it didn't care that it ended his life when he was only 3 1/2 years old.  And sadly, Ben's journey is not an entirely unique story... cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents.  




A couple of weeks ago the Foundation held their BENefit dinner and managed to raise $842,000 that evening.  It was an amazing evening for many reasons, but the biggest news of the night was learning that the FDA had approved a Phase I trial to begin using reprogrammed T-cells that the Ben Towne Foundation's lab helped created.  I am amazed at the movement that has begun and am excited to see the treatment of pediatric cancers be approached in a new way that is not harmful to young bodies.  So, please join in the movement...  

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love this pic of you girls!
Thanks for all your efforts...
Lv, CT
xoxo

Karla said...

I didn't realize they had a running team. I'd posted information about the foundation while I was training for the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon in hopes of sending some donations thier direction as it's such a worthwile cause and everthing goes to research. Thank you so much for sharing.