Detroit Mom of 14-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Joins CureSearch Event as Publicity Chair

For Immediate Release
Erin Richey, Regional Manager, Development
(240) 235-2272 | erin.richey@curesearch.org

Ann Arbor, MI – Ellen M. Craine-Rostker is a divorcée and family mediator, social worker, social work educator and ethics consultant. In addition to that, she works with individuals and families who have, or have had, a cancer diagnosis and want to lead healthier lives. She’s also the publicity chair for the 2017 Detroit Superheroes Unite! event in September.

Ellen became invested in the cancer community and CureSearch after her now 14-year-old son was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma at the age of 11.

“I got involved because I wanted to help raised funds that would be targeted toward research for cures and ways to improve quality of life. I like the way CureSearch focuses the funds raised to research and community support programs.”

Ellen enjoys being the publicity chair for the Detroit Superheroes Unite! event because she can connect with people and share information about childhood cancer because a lot of times, people don’t understand that these cancers are not so rare.

Ellen Craine-RostkerEllen & family at a CureSearch Walk.

“I like being able to help get the facts out. I feel like I am doing something to help make a difference, and it fuels my sense of empowerment.”

Ellen also believes that children faced with cancer are superheroes. Not only do they battle the disease, but they also battle the treatments and all the side effects from the treatment, both short and long-term, regardless of prognosis. They also embody innocence, which allows them to look at things through different eyes despite how sick they are.

“They are focused on just trying to survive and be kids to the best of their ability. Many of these kids are great role models, and are very caring and compassionate towards others in a way that words cannot describe because of their experiences.”

As for the importance of children’s cancer research, Ellen fully supports it because it can be used for early pediatric cancer detection, as well as for finding less toxic cures (which is a focus of CureSearch).

The entire community is invited to attend and celebrate with Ellen, her family and many other superheroes on September 9th at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Register at curesearchsuperheroes.org/Detroit.


CureSearch for Children’s Cancer

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md, works to end childhood cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated time frame. CureSearch is building a $10 million research pipeline to aggressively drive pediatric research grants and clinical trials that have a higher chance of becoming cures for children’s cancer without the toxic side effects that plague current treatment options.

For more information, visit curesearch.org or www.curesearchsuperheroes.org, follow CureSearch on Twitter @curesearch or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/curesearch.

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