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CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is coming to Rockford to mobilize individuals, families and corporations to raise lifesaving funds for children’s cancer research.
Saturday, Sept. 15, at Rock Valley College, hundreds of local residents, including Hammy the Hog and Rock Valley’s own Golden Eagle, will participate in the Inaugural CureSearch Walk, starting at 8:30 a.m., to celebrate and honor children whose lives have been affected by cancer.
The CureSearch Walk raises funds for children’s cancer research at more than 175 hospitals in the U.S., including Robert and Ann Lurie Children’s Hospital, University of Illinois, The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital and Lutheran General Children’s Medical Center — all members of the Children’s Oncology Group.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. By working collaboratively, the Children’s Oncology Group has improved cure rates for children’s cancer at a pace much faster than any one individual or single institution could accomplish alone — from a 10 percent cure rate 40 years ago to 78 percent overall today.
Music, face-painting, mascots and more fun-filled activities for children of all ages will be featured prior the start of the Sept. 15 walk.
At the opening ceremonies, past and present children cancer patients will be honored on stage as CureSearch heroes during a medal ceremony, which is followed by a balloon release to reflect and remember children who lost their battle with cancer.
Funds raised at the CureSearch Walk support clinical trials conducted by the Children’s Oncology Group, the largest children’s cancer research cooperative in the world. In the U.S., the 175 member hospitals treat more than 90 percent of children with cancer. These trials allow children with cancer to receive world-class treatment and care close to home.
Julie Puzzo, senior vice president of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, said: “Each day in America, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer. Despite recent progress in treating the disease, cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in children, taking the lives of one in five diagnosed and causing serious life-long affects for three out of five who do survive. The CureSearch Walk raises funds for important research so that one day, every child will be guaranteed a cure.”
To register for the CureSearch Walk, visit www.curesearchwalk.org/rockford.
Posted Sept. 12, 2012