Pediatric oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka and her team at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children's Hospital were presented with a check this week in the amount of $100,000 from Chase After a Cure for pediatric cancer research.
Chase After a Cure presents MUSC a check every September totaling the amount raised for the year in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Pediatric cancer is the number one cause of disease-related death in children and more than 15,000 children and teenagers are diagnosed each year; on average 70 of those 15,000 children are diagnosed at MUSC.
In the seven years since it started in 2009, Chase After a Cure has raised over half a million dollars for MUSC research and equipment, especially for neuroblastoma, an extremely aggressive cancer of the nerve tissue of the sympathetic nervous system.
The organization was founded by Whitney Ringler of Summerville, South Carolina, after her son, Chase, was diagnosed with stage four of the disease. Although given only a 30 percent chance of survival, Chase beat the cancer and now helps his family with the charity.
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