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Childhood Cancer Research Grant Given in Honor of Chino Hills Childhood Cancer Survivor
Chino Hills, Calif. (October 16, 2017) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, is proud to announce that a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund created in honor of Jared Weissman, a childhood cancer survivor from Chino Hills, Calif., will support lifesaving childhood cancer research.
This year, The Rich and Weissman Family Lymphoma and Survivorship Hero Fund helped support a St. Baldrick’s Research Grant for Dr. Theresa Keegan at the University of California, Davis. With this $100,000 grant, Dr. Keegan will investigate how often specific late medical conditions occur in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors and how the risk of these medical conditions vary by clinical and patient factors. The results of the study will identify subgroups of young patients at increased risk of serious conditions, information critical to improving survivorship care and outcomes.
“The Rich and Weissman families are so excited to help fund this amazing grant for Dr. Theresa Keegan through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Jared’s Hero Fund,” said Alyson Weissman, Jared’s mom. “We truly believe that her research will answer so many of the questions that will help future generations of survivors begin to lead healthier lives. A huge thanks to all of our family and friends, both new and old who made our Hero Fund donation possible.”
This St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund was created in honor of Jared Weissman, a Hodgkin lymphoma survivor. He was diagnosed at the age of 13 and endured grueling, but lifesaving treatment, which inspired this Hero Fund. The fund honors Jared’s survivorship and his grandparents, Terri and Barry Rich, who have been his biggest supporters, by focusing on research for new treatment options for cures and less late effects for survivors.
About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.