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Agne Taraseviciute M.D., Ph.D.
Funded: 07-01-2016 through 06-30-2018
Funding Type: St. Baldrick's Fellow
Institution Location: Seattle, WA
Institution: Seattle Children's Hospital affiliated with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington

Children with aggressive leukemia frequently require a bone marrow transplant to achieve a cure. Some children have a small number of leukemia cells remaining before receiving a bone marrow transplant, which makes it very likely that their leukemia will recur. Dr. Taraseviciute, the Team Abby St. Baldrick's Fellow, is studying the power of the immune system to fight any remaining leukemia cells after bone marrow transplantation. To do this, Dr. Taraseviciute and her team are making T cells (a special type of immune cell) that can recognize and eliminate leukemia cells to provide a chance for a cure for children who have already received a bone marrow transplant. Abby is a brave and spunky 9-year old who loves the colors blue and green. She was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL in 2011 and had a successful bone marrow transplant but is currently battling graft vs. host disease. The Team Abby Gives Hero Fund unites the incredible support of family and friends in Abby's honor and inspires others to join the fight for cures and better treatments.