Through a unique arrangement with a Dream Team of leading pediatric oncologists, we have made it easy for individuals and organizations to help fund the most pressing needs and greatest opportunities in childhood cancer research. 100% of proceeds will go directly to childhood cancer research. Because the purpose of this project is to benefit all children with all types of cancer, we have partnered with Dr. John Maris, the Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has formed a “Dream Team” of the nation’s top pediatric oncologists who represent all types of childhood cancer. Jill Ostrager-Cohen, MD also serves on the team as a physician and parent liaison. This team will develop a funding model that will determine the most effective use of these research dollars. According to Dr. Maris, “Funds will be applied where the investment is expected to provide the greatest immediate impact in saving children’s lives. Also, funds will be applied to any childhood cancer where a major opportunity exists to impact survival rates, focused on not only improving cure, but the quality of life for all children with cancer during and after treatment.”
Below is a letter from the Dream Team explaining their commitment to finding a cure of all childhood cancers.
As childhood cancer doctors and researchers, we are very concerned about the pace of progress in finding new cures. It is quite striking that there has never been a more optimistic time in terms of new discoveries into the causes of cancer in children and why some can be cured, while others currently cannot—but also never a more frustrating time in terms of finding the resources necessary to translate these discoveries into new treatments. Monies raised through the Truth 365 will exclusively be used in a collaborative fashion by leading childhood cancer researchers towards the goal of devising more effective and much less toxic ways to cure all children and adolescents with cancer.
John M. Maris, MD
Peter C. Adamson, MD
Scott Armstrong, MD
Nai-Kong V. Cheung, MD
Jill Cohen, MD
Amar Gajjar, MD
Doug Hawkins, MD, MD
(Note: While several dozen charities are actively involved with The Truth 365, the primary sponsor is the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation (AWOCCF), a registered §501(c)(3) public charity. In compliance with IRS Rules and Regulations, all donations through The Truth 365 are tax-deductable and are collected in a separate AWOCCF account. IRS Tax ID # 27-0811733.)