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Milan’s Miracle Fund Awards $52,219 to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for Cancer Research
Check of money raised from 2013 Milan-A-Thon
Milan’s Miracle Fund was founded by Philip and Sharyn Capobianco and honors the life of their daughter Milan, who lost her fight four years ago at the age of eight to a brain stem glioma. The fund was first established to help Milan’s fight but now supports children and families in West Michigan coping with a variety of pediatric cancers. For more information, visit www.milansmiraclefund.org.
The team of oncologists at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is engaged in research studies to treat a variety of childhood cancers. Specifically, the grant from Milan’s Miracle Fund will support research on Difused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which affects the brain stem.
Giselle Sholler, MD, is a Spectrum Health Medical Group physician and Haworth Endowed Director of Pediatric Oncology Innovative Therapeutics, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “We are thankful for the generous philanthropic efforts that support our work,” said Dr. Sholler. “The passion and dedication of parents across the country and their supporters, like those who support Milan’s Miracle Fund, help us to continue our work in researching treatments for children with childhood cancers.”
“The impressive work of Dr. Sholler speaks to the impact philanthropy can have on research and quality of life,” said Vicki Weaver, president, Spectrum Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We are so very thankful for the past, present and future donors who see the value of progressive research into childhood cancers.”
The funds were raised through three special events held in 2013, including Milan’s Miracle Run (“Milan-A-Thon 2013”) on June 2 in Millennium Park, the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors Showcase – a soccer tournament held on August 24, and The Milan Miracle Showcase hosted by Forest Hills Northern High School on September 14.
A formal check presentation will take place at Forest Hills Northern High School (at the stadium area) on Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. All media are invited to attend the presentation where foundation representatives, physicians, students and coaches will be available for photographs and interviews.
For more information about Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, visit www.helendevoschildrens.org/
To donate to Milan’s Miracle Fund
Mail checks to:
Milan’s Miracle Fund
1646 Thornapple Rive Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Brain Tumor Fact’s you should know!
Brain tumors affect the most innocent of all victims, children who want to grow up and dream of a future. It strikes with little warning and no mercy. Often, by the time a diagnosis is made, it is already too late. There are often no options. Why? There is no cure.
There are over 120 different types of brain tumors. Brain tumors have no socio-economic boundaries and do not discriminate among gender or ethnicity. There are currently no known causes of brain tumors. 3,500 children are diagnosed with some form of a brain tumor every year in this country.
4 out of 10 of these children will die.
75% are under the age of 15.
Cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS. Brain tumors are the most deadly of all childhood cancers. Brain tumor research is underfunded and the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease. The cure rate for most brain tumors is significantly lower than for many other types of cancer.
We must work to change this. Our most precious commodity, our children are counting on us. Together we can and will make a difference.