For Immediate Release
Michelle McGhee, Regional Manager, Development
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Salt Lake City, UT – Cheryl and Jeff Rounds have one word to describe their five-year-old daughter Annika: Magnificent. In her fight with stage-four neuroblastoma, Annika, who was diagnosed with this pediatric cancer at 10 weeks old, has faced her battles with grace and bravery. A sight that is, her parents say, magnificent to witness.
Neuroblastoma, a tumor that often originates in the adrenal glands, is the second-most common solid tumor in childhood. It accounts for five percent of the more than 15,000 diagnoses of childhood cancer each year. Annika, who is also described by her parents as “an amazing little fighter,” is facing her fourth relapse with this disease.
The Rounds family will be among the participants at Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite!, a day of play for children battling cancer (the superheroes) and their sidekicks – parents, siblings, caregivers, friends, and extended family members. The event, to be held September 23, 2017, at Salt Lake City’s Sugar House Park, doubles as a fundraiser for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national foundation committed to ending childhood cancer through research and innovation.
“Fighting cancer can be a very lonely job, but CureSearch reminds us that we’re not alone in this fight,” Cheryl says. “Childhood cancer research is so drastically underfunded, but with each new CureSearch-funded study I see, I have a renewed hope that more children will be successfully treated of their cancers.”
Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite! is one of many CureSearch programs that aid in funding children’s cancer research and in driving patient impact. The organization encourages the general public to participate or volunteer at CureSearch events in their communities. To register or to learn more about Superheroes Unite! and other programs, visit curesearch.org/Fundraise.
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.