CureSearch Forever Hero: Landon Vargas

Landon Vargas was born on November 26, 2006. He was the oldest son of Beth and Ariel Vargas, and the playful older brother to three siblings. Landon loved to play sports and he always competed with determination, enthusiasm and a smile on his face. Whether winning or losing, Landon’s contagious laughter and positive attitude never wavered.  …

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Walking for Caden – 50 miles in 30 days

Pam Shrauger has been a longtime supporter of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, and is an advocate for childhood cancer research. Pam and her family walked 50 miles for the CureSearch Mile for Child Challenge where friends, family, and members of the community are challenged to walk 10, 30 or 100 miles in 30 days to raise funds and awareness for …

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CureSearch National Walk Sponsor Highlight: Parexel

This September, families, friends and communities across the country will come together (virtually) for the National CureSearch Walk to honor and remember those affected by childhood cancer.   The CureSearch Walk raises funds to accelerate the development of new and less-toxic pediatric cancer treatments. Most current standard childhood cancer treatments were developed before 1990. Our kids deserve better. That’s why CureSearch is …

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The “Lucky” One: Surviving Childhood Cancer, Stroke and the Effects of Treatment

By Amy Fair, Childhood Cancer Survivor & CureSearch Volunteer I didn’t get to have the traditional high school experience. While my friends were at soccer practice and school dances, I was in the hospital receiving chemotherapy or recovering from the effects it had on my body. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with leukemia …

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Pediatric Oncologist Treks The Pacific Crest Trail To Honor Sister’s Memory

Weili Sun’s parents lost their first daughter, Weiwei, to leukemia when she was five years old. “They rarely talked about her. Forty years later, when they learned that I planned to hike 27 miles in honor of my sister and to raise funds for childhood cancer research, they were ecstatic. They spent hours finding her …

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Mothers and Daughters take on the Ultimate Hike together to support Childhood Cancer Research

Katie Gochenour and Heather Sours are sisters and crusaders for childhood cancer research. Since 2015, they have been walking and hiking in CureSearch fundraising events in honor of Katie’s daughter, Chloe.   In 2014, Chloe was just five years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads …

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People of Compassion Can Change the Trajectory of Children’s Cancer – A CureSearch Volunteer’s Perspective

“Everyone has something to contribute. When we’re faced with something painful or difficult, we may feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything. I know that by participating in the CureSearch Ultimate Hike, I am doing something very important,” shared Katie Oursler.  When Katie was in graduate school, she spotted a Facebook ad for the Ultimate Hike (UH). An avid hiker, she knew that she wanted to be part of it. She completed the 2019 Canaan Valley Ultimate Hike in West Virginia, trekking 21 miles. Now, she …

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An Ultra-Runner’s Quest to End Children’s Cancer

On a quest for better health, Paul “PK” Klenowski promised himself that he would walk or hike at least one mile every day, no matter what. That was 10 years and 17,000 miles ago, and he hasn’t missed a single day. Most importantly, Klenowski’s fitness journey has evolved into something much greater – a mission to end children’s cancer.  His inspiration came when he met the daughter of a family friend, a little girl named …

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With your support, we’re bringing our kids to the forefront of drug development

This year, we were proud to award new research grants supporting truly cutting-edge projects. We also know that smarter research funding is just one part of the solution, and that long-term impact will require strategic collaboration among all members of the pediatric cancer ecosystem: academia, pharma, regulatory agencies, funders, and the patient community. With the expert …

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Delivering measurable results in the form of new treatment options for children today

By Caitlyn Barrett, PhD – CureSearch National Director of Research & Programs At CureSearch, we’re focused on driving the most innovative new therapies towards clinical trials where they’ll directly impact children in treatment today. Simply put, if a project can’t reach the clinic in an accelerated timeframe, we don’t fund it. Our strategy is unique, and …

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