In Honor of Max
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma -- or DIPG -- is a pediatric cancer which was highlighted by Humans of New York in May 2016. Children who develop this brainstem tumor have a ZERO percent survival prognosis. Zero. It killed me to read that. I was so moved by Max Glezos-Chartoff's story that I decided I needed to do something to help. I've been the proud owner of The Real Estreya Knits for six years now and I realized my customers and I can make a difference! Together with my family, I decided to convert my small company into a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called My Own Two Hands. 100% of my profit will go to Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric cancer research.
Throwing money at a problem doesn't always help, but I believe that it just might make a difference in the vastly-underfunded world of Pediatric Cancer Research. Memorial Sloan Kettering's Dr Mark Souweidane is actively working to try to find a cure for DIPG. I sell handmade items each autumn at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. If you're unable to join me there, please consider donating directly to Dr Souweidane right here on this Giving Page in honor of Max and all the children we have lost to this terrible cancer.
Many of the most important breakthroughs in cancer research and treatment have been brought to light at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and none of that progress would have been possible without support from people like you and me.
In fact, much of the most promising new research can't even begin without donations from individuals: in most cases, government funds become possible only after our support funds the early work that demonstrates real potential.
Too many of us know people who have faced a cancer diagnosis, and sometimes it's hard to know how we can make a difference. One of the most effective ways to help is to make sure the crucial work being done at Memorial Sloan Kettering continues to have the support that will drive it forward. I’ve created this page because I am determined to do my part.
When the next new breakthrough is announced, I want to know that I have been a part of making it happen, and it would mean that much more to me if you would join me in the effort so that I can say that we helped make it happen. Every dollar counts, and I hope you will be as generous as you can.
My Own Two Hands