Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: 2015/16 Community Events

The Scarlett Fund at MSK

Team Roar is gearing up to walk with Kids Walk on Saturday, May 5th. 100% of every gift made will benefit The Scarlett Fund and pediatric cancer research at MSK-if you would like to support our walk, please visit our team's pages:  

Why we support Pediatric Cancer Research

Cancer.  For weeks, a word that I could not say in the same sentence as my 7-year-old daughter, Scarlett's name.  Fear.  The best word to describe how I felt about cancer.  Fear of the death of a child.  Fear of the intense treatment, the painful procedures and the uncertain future.  ROAR.  The word that inspires us to fight to return Scarlett to a healthy, happy and carefree childhood she deserves.   

Research.  We have learned that pediatric cancer research is drastically under-researched, underfunded and rarely discussed.  It is estimated that for every dollar the U.S. government spends on cancer research, only four cents goes towards pediatric cancer research.   The lack of funding and awareness for our children has led to an insignificant improvement in survival rates for pediatric cancer in the last decade. At the same time, cancer is the number 1 disease killer of children in our country. 

The Scarlett Fund.  Aware of the sacrifices children and their families had made before them to make Scarlett's treatment even possible, the James Family is inspired to help children that follow behind Scarlett with the hope that their treatment is less lengthy, less intense and less toxic.  The money raised is being used to research novel therapies which have great potential.  Because these therapies target cancer cells, they reduce toxicity to healthy tissues and decrease long-term side effects.  This is especially important for growing children. 

Ways to support The Scarlett Fund

If you are interested in raising funds for the Scarlett Fund through an event or your own page, you can join our team by clicking on the link above!

Upcoming Scarlett Fund Events

  • Kids Walk - May 5, 2018
  • TCS New York City Marathon - November 4, 2018


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