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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Joins Forces with Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation to Fund Childhood Cancer Research
Dallas, Texas – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, is proud to announce a new partnership with Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation in Dallas to support the best research to find cures and better treatments for kids with cancer.
This is the first time that St. Baldrick’s and Move for Miles are coming together to help fund Dr. Carl Allen, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Hematology and Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Allen and his team are looking to develop a personalized approach to determine the safest, most effective therapy for each child battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH).
Langerhans cell histiocytosis is a potentially fatal disease characterized by inflammatory tumors. Recently, researchers discovered that LCH arises from immature immune cells in the blood and is in fact a form of cancer. It is not known why some children develop extensive life-threatening disease, while others may have limited tumors, and some develop progressive brain deterioration. In this study, Dr. Allen is investigating the role of inherited genes, acquired gene mutations, and the origin of tumor cells to define the causes of LCH. He is hoping to discover new treatment options that are safer and more effective.
“Dr. Allen’s research is exactly the type of project we were hoping to support when we created Move for Miles,” said Stephanie and Jason Dagelewicz, Miles’ parents. “As parents in the exam room, facing providers struggling to find answers, this work will help physicians, families, and children like our own make important decisions and have better outcomes. As an organization, we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with St. Baldrick’s on this impactful work.”
Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation is inspired by Miles Dagelewicz, he was diagnosed with LCH in July 2016. Miles is currently on his fifth chemotherapy protocol due to the disease progression. Though LCH is a strange and difficult road to face, Miles has been amazing. His family lovingly calls him sMiles because he is so full of life, love, and smiles. Inspired by Miles vivacious character, even through his LCH treatment, the Dagelewicz’s decided to start Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise awareness for LCH and other childhood cancers through focusing on how childhood pastime of play can support research for better treatments, cures and long-term quality of life for survivors.
Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation will be participating in the North Texas Giving Day, an annual community effort to get people to give on a specific day to charities all across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation has an anonymous donor that will match every donation up to $10,000. To learn more about this fundraising event, go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org/MoveforMiles.
About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Every 2 minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of pediatric cancer research grants, is on a mission to defy childhood cancers by supporting the most promising research to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. When you give to St. Baldrick’s, you don’t just give to one institution–you give to virtually every institution treating kids with cancer across the U.S. and beyond. As a leader in the pediatric cancer community, St. Baldrick’s works tirelessly to ensure that current and future children diagnosed with cancer will have access to the most cutting-edge treatment from the best leaders in the pediatric oncology field. Join us at StBaldricks.org and help #DFYchildhoodCancers.
About Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation
Inspired by Miles, diagnosed with a rare cancer at one year old, Move for Miles was created to support childhood cancer research through Powerful Play and to create sMiles for families in treatment. We are a group of people who know the challenges a childhood cancer diagnosis can bring. Research is how we drive change and improvements for the future. We must always be moving forward for better treatments, cures and long-term quality of life for survivors. Join us at MoveforMiles.org and help us achieve our goals by harnessing the power of the most natural childhood pastime: Play.