Dear Friends and Families,
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best of the holiday season, and to thank you for all you’ve done to support the critical research we’re doing at the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. We could not do the work we do without your support, and we are deeply grateful.
What started as a local effort just a few years ago has now spread around the country, and around the world. In 2011 our donations came almost entirely from New Yorkers — today we have supporters in 47 states, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Hawaii, and almost every state in between. We have received donations from supporters around the world — from as close as Canada and as far away as China — who have heard our message and responded to our call for help. That speaks volumes about you, and the power of your individual voices when they join together in our campaign to raise awareness and much-needed funding.
We are making real progress, still operating on a shoestring to protect every dollar we receive. Unlike donations made to large nonprofits — where a percentage of donations go to those big ad campaigns — your donations go straight to the lab. Your dollars keep the lights on in our new lab space, pay for the equipment and supplies we need to do our work, and allow us to bring in the brain power we need most of all to keep the research going. Every dollar counts, and every dollar is put to the best use possible.
This year has been an exciting and productive one. We opened a second tumor registry, and are now sequencing every single pediatric brain tumor we treat. We are growing GC and DIPG cell lines in our lab for real-time testing. We are nearing completion of the DIPG clinical trial, ready to move on to the next phase the minute Phase I is finished. We’ve had several new research papers published and have more in the pipeline. The more research we can complete and publish, the more we help other researchers around the world to advance their own work, which then helps ours in return. The more results we show, the better our chances of securing major grants from large foundations or the federal government. None of this is easy, but we are operating at full throttle to accelerate this work and find the answers we need.
But… unfortunately 2015 has fallen short of what we need to continue our work. We can’t head into 2016 with confidence without raising at least $100,000 more, and quickly. That’s a big number, but we know we can count on you. You are one of more than 3,000 supporters — if just 1,000 of you donated $100 today we would meet our goal. If each and every one of you pitched in just $40, we’d exceed that goal. Please consider making a gift to help us go into 2016 strong, continuing this important work.
Click here to make a secure online donation, or see below for how to donate by check or wire transfer, or to make a gift of stock or arrange a corporate matching gift.
Please stick with us — we need your ongoing support! We are so confident that we are at the tipping point, and that this fast-paced research is getting us closer to a cure. We look forward to a day when families won’t be told that there is no hope, that their child will die. We know there will be a day when they’ll hear that diagnosis followed by “and here’s how we’ll fix it.” When that day comes, it will be thanks to you.
With our deepest gratitude, and our very best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season,
Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, Dr. Mark Souweidane, Dr. Caitlin Hoffman, and the entire Children’s Brain Tumor Project team
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Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain & Spine Center
c/o Roseann Henry
525 East 68th Street, Box 99
New York, NY 10065
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