UW's Campaign to End Childhood Cancer: Why Give?
If you're thinking about making a donation
to the University of Wisconsin's Campaign to End Childhood Cancer, consider this:
The Basics of Childhood Cancer
Each day in the U.S., 43 children are diagnosed with cancer – and right now, 1 of every 8 of these children will not survive.
Cancer is by far the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States.
In the 1960s and '70s, physicians had few options for children diagnosed with cancer. Some survived, but many of these children lost their battle because 50 years ago, we simply didn't know enough about how to treat cancer in kids.
Today, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured. How did this happen in just five decades?
The answer is simple – research.
Despite relatively limited funding from the federal government and private industry, physicians and investigators have worked passionately to make childhood cancer treatments more effective and less toxic.
Moreover, because most childhood cancer research is collaborative, a discovery of better treatment at one hospital is typically shared among institutions so that children around the world can benefit from every advancement. As a result, great strides have been made.
Why Pediatric Cancer Treatment Can Be Improved
The three traditional cancer treatments - chemotherapy, surgery and radiation - are often effective.
Unfortunately, chemotherapy and radiation are not smart enough to kill only cancer cells. When healthy cells are damaged by these treatments, patients are susceptible not only to temporary side effects, but at risk for lifelong complications, including:
- The possibility of heart or lung problems
- Secondary cancers
More recently, however, research has played a monumental role in a very promising childhood cancer breakthrough known as immunotherapy, which turns the body's own immune system against cancer cells.
The University of Wisconsin's Role as a Childhood Cancer Pioneer
Despite a relatively small team, our imprint on the national stage has been remarkable.
Following in the path of that early success, over the past five decades, UW's childhood cancer specialists have played a key role in the discovery of many more effective and more humane forms of treatment.
UW's reputation for innovation and success has attracted millions of dollars in research funding. In 2013, UW was designated as one of seven worldwide pediatric cancer "Dream Team"
centers by the American Association of Cancer Research, Stand Up To Cancer, and the St. Baldrick's Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Paul Sondel
was chosen by the National Cancer Institute as the only pediatric oncologist among 50 nationwide cancer researchers to receive a new multi-million dollar "Outstanding Investigator Award."
Simply put, from day one, the University of Wisconsin has been a leader of childhood cancer research and treatment in America.
Your Support Can Make a Difference for Kids with Cancer
Building on this accomplished record of success, the University of Wisconsin is launching the Fighting Cancer So Kids Won't Have To fundraising initiative to support expanded efforts in childhood cancer research and patient care.
The possibilities for research and treatment of childhood cancer are limitless, and with your help, we can break through to the next generation of cancer treatment. Donate Now