Curing Kids Cancer Completes $1.5 Million Endowment for Clinical Research Office at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite
March 21, 2014
Curing Kids Cancer and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta today announced the endowment of a clinical research office. Nine-year-old Killian Owen lost his battle against cancer more than a decade ago. Today, his name lives on as the Killian Owen/Curing Kids Cancer Clinical Research office that will be dedicated at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Killian, who passed away in July 2003, is the inspiration for the Atlanta-based non-profit Curing Kids Cancer. The charity today completed its $1.5 million endowment at the Aflac Cancer Center.
“After Killian died, we dedicated ourselves to finding new cutting edge therapies for childhood cancer,” said Grainne Owen, founder and executive director of Curing Kids Cancer. “Endowing the Clinical Research Office at the Aflac Cancer Center means that research can take place in the same hospital where he was treated.”
“We are grateful to Curing Kids Cancer – and especially to the Owen family - for their ongoing support to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Gene Hayes, President of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. “Because of their dedication to childhood cancer research, our Clinical Research Office can continue to provide leading-edge care to children and young adults.”
U.S. News and World Report recognizes the Aflac Center as one of the nation’s top children’s cancer centers. The Center cares for almost 400 newly diagnosed patients every year. As a high-volume treatment center, Aflac Cancer Center offers patients an entire team of professionals using advanced technology and innovative research and treatments. It has one of the largest pediatric clinical trials programs in the country, involving more than 300 trials, which are searchable on a database.
Curing Kids Cancer works to make childhood cancer curable in our lifetime. Since it was founded, the nonprofit has raised more than $6 million for pediatric cancer research. It targets innovative treatments with fewer harmful side effects. Curing Kids Cancer raises money through partnerships with sports teams at local and national levels, community involvement, corporate sponsorships and support from national sports figures including Lee Corso and Craig Kimbrel, and the powerhouse Mecum Auction Company, the world leader of collector car, motorcycle and road art sales.