Curing Kids Cancer announces $1.2 million endowment for pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Today the Atlanta-based nonprofit Curing Kids Cancer announced it will begin funding a $1.2 million endowment for pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. The endowment will support research and professional development activities associated with Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials and studies.
To establish the endowment, Grainne Owen, founder and executive director of Curing Kids Cancer, presented $50,000 to Dr. Ron Neuberg, Aflac medical director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The presentation was made in honor of the University of South Carolina’s football team’s participation in the Curing Kids Cancer awareness campaign and the entire University of South Carolina’s Athletic Department’s support of Curing Kids Cancer. Also attending the presentation were Jerri Spurrier, wife of Steve Spurrier, University of South Carolina (USC) head football coach; Ray Tanner, USC athletics director; Charles Waddell, USC deputy athletics director; Charles Bloom, USC senior associate athletics director and external affairs; and Angie Shumpert, USC administrative assistant to the deputy athletics director.
“This endowment provides an opportunity to bring much needed funding for pediatric cancer research to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital,” said Owen. “I want to thank the entire Gamecock Athletic Department for its support of Curing Kids Cancer. The department participates with us in numerous activities throughout the year. This weekend the football team is once again highlighting our pediatric cancer awareness campaign. When we started this program three years ago, they were one of the first SEC teams to agree to help us raise awareness about the lack of funding for childhood cancer research during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.”
This year USC is participating on September 12 when they play against Kentucky and on September 19 when they play against Georgia. USC coaches and players will wear Curing Kids Cancer glow-in-the-dark wristbands. Coaches will wear Curing Kids Cancer lanyards with gold whistles.
Gamecock fans can support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by purchasing lanyards with whistles, helmet stickers and wristbands at www.curingkidscancer.org/blowthewhistle.
About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, founded in 1983, combines compassionate medical care with comfortable family-centered spaces, age-appropriate play areas and therapeutic diversions to help reduce stress and encourage healing. The hospital and its services have thrived through the efforts of pediatric medical professionals dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children. Today, Children’s Hospital has more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children. As a major pediatric referral center, more than 80,000 children are cared for each year in its inpatient and outpatient facilities.
About Palmetto Health Foundation
Palmetto Health Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, engages community partners to enhance health care for patients and families served by Palmetto Health. For more, visit PalmettoHealthFoundation.org.
About Curing Kids Cancer
Grainne and Clay Owen created curing Kids Cancer after losing their son Killian to leukemia in 2003 at age nine. Curing Kids Cancer raises money and awareness to fund innovative research that provides cutting edge treatments to children with cancer. Lee Corso of ESPN’s College GameDay is Chairman of Curing Kids Cancer and Tony Barnhart of the SEC Network and known as “Mr. College Football” is spokesman for the awareness campaign and a very active member of charity’s Executive Advisory Board. The non-profit has raised more than $7 million for pediatric cancer research since being founded in 2005. More information is available at curingkidscancer.org.