CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the cure for children's cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barriers and solving the field's most challenging problems. We fight every day to make treatment possible and a cure probable for the 42 children diagnosed with cancer daily. We do this in three ways:
- We accelerate the cure for children at greatest risk of losing their battle with cancer by posing essential challenges to scientists and inviting teams to overcome them with novel research approaches.
- We support children's enrollment in clinical trials that have the potential to save their lives today.
- We provide resources and education, so no child faces a cancer diagnosis without a fully equipped support team behind them.
Ultimately, CureSearch is working to change the odds for those children most at risk.
To fund and support targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and be the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer.
Scientific and Research Funding
CureSearch supports childhood cancer research at all stages along the research pipeline, from fellowships for Young Investigators, to game-changing support for research on the verge of becoming a new treatment, to clinical trials for children being treated today.
- The Acceleration Initiative is a 3-year, $5 million project that addresses the most challenging barriers facing the field of children's cancer research. By funding medical research that confronts these barriers directly, we believe that we can make significant progress toward curing all children's cancers. The Acceleration Initiative utilizes a flexible and accelerated funding model to incentivize innovation in a field that is often stymied by federal funding shortages and sluggish progress from the laboratory to the patient. In conjunction with its Scientific Advisory Committee, CureSearch issued three "Grand Challenges" in 2013 and invited researchers to submit applications. Out of nearly 50 applicants, CureSearch chose three major research projects to support.
- The CureSearch Symposium is an annual collaborative meeting that brings together top-level researchers and clinicians to address the challenges and advancements in the field of childhood cancer research. Working with the brightest scientific minds, CureSearch will pose key questions that challenge existing paradigms, invite multi-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration, and push the field closer to a cure.
- CureSearch's Young Investigator Program provides support for promising young scientists and clinicians conducting childhood cancer research in transformational science aimed at delivering the next generation of treatments. Currently, CureSearch supports 12 Young Investigators in research areas with high risk and low outcomes for children with cancer: relapsed ALL, AML, brain tumors, Ewing sarcoma, hepatoblastoma, Hodgkin disease, neuroblastoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, survivorship/late effects, adolescent and young adult cancer, and Wilms tumor.
For more than a decade, CureSearch has funded clinical trial research, to ensure treatment for over 50,000 children with cancer. CureSearch provides grants to qualifying hospitals and research centers as part of its Clinical Trials Advancement Awards. These clinical trials are a part of the collaborative research that has dramatically advanced the cure rate of children's cancer. In 2014, our Clinical Trial Advancement Awards will grant up to $1.5 million to these trials.
Education and Resources
CureSearch continues to provide education and resources so that no child faces a diagnosis and treatment without a fully equipped team behind them. Our resources include:
- CureSearch website: We are proud to be an online resource for patients, their families and support systems. Our website provides up-to-date information about the various types of children's cancer along with research trials, definitions and descriptions of tests, procedures and treatments and information to help families manage the emotional aspects of caring for a child with cancer.
- Interactive resources: We provide a series of interactive, print, and digital resources for patients and families, including our distinctive educational video series that demonstrates common treatments and procedures using child-friendly language.
- Webinars and podcasts: CureSearch provides mobile and interactive technologies on psychosocial support, including forming a support group and helping children reintegrate into a school environment. Ourpodcasts include interviews with our researchers and sessions from the CureSearch Symposium.
- CureSearch mobile application: the CureSearch iPhone app, currently in development, will provide free, comprehensive cancer management capabilities that allow users to share the same information across multiple devices, making it possible for multiple caregivers to trade notes, schedules, symptoms, and resources about their child.
Facts about Children's Cancer
Each year, approximately 15,700 parents will hear the words "your child has cancer." Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease in children. Despite major advances – from an overall survival rate of 10 percent just fifty years ago to nearly 90 percent today, for many rare cancers, the survival rate is much lower. Furthermore, the number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years.
- Every day, 42 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
- Children's cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
- The average age of children diagnosed is six.
- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
- 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
- There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children's cancer in the United States.
- That equates to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.
Thank you for your consideration of supporting CureSearch. Your support will enable us to accelerate the search for a cure, so every child can have the future they deserve, and that their parents dream of.